I’m using Obagi (hydroquinone) for a pigment problem and it’s getting worse – what should I do?

hello,Dr.irwin i want to ask you about obagi clear, i use it alone for hyperpigmentation due to burn, i have been on this product for 18 days and i noticed that my pigmentation become more worse..what shoud i do now?..should i discontinue it. .or is it normal to get this extra pigmentation at the begnning..please help me with this

I just want to say to all of you/us again that, if you start using a product (any product) and your pigment is getting worse, it means that you are either irritated by or allergic to the product and should stop it. The allergy/irritation could be to the hydroquinones which are used in many Obagi products or it could be to an ingredient that’s in the cream base itself, like a preservative, for example.  A fairly high percentage of people who use hydroquinones are allergic to or irritated by them.  It’s a common problem.


So to answer your question, it’s NOT normal to have pigment get worse when using a product that is supposed to help with pigment. If the product is a prescription one from your doctor, be sure to call you doctor and let her/him know.


Hope this helps, Dr. I


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