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Lustra Cream is a prescription skin lightening cream indicated for the gradual treatment of ultraviolet-induced dyschromia and discoloration resulting from the use of oral contraceptives or hormonal replacement therapy, and from sun exposure. It contains the active ingredient hydroquinone.
Hydroquinone works by inhibiting the production of melanin in the skin, which is responsible for the dark pigmentation of the skin. It is typically used on areas of the skin that have hyperpigmentation, such as freckles, age spots, and melasma.
Use and Dosage
Hydroquinone should be applied to the affected area of the skin twice daily or as directed by your healthcare provider. Avoid contact with the eyes, mouth, or nose, and to use sunscreen and avoid sunlight or artificial UV rays while using Lustra Cream. In case it accidentally comes in contact with these areas, you must flush them with plenty of water.
To use Hydroquinone Cream safely, apply a small amount of the cream to an area of unbroken skin before using it on the affected areas. Check the test area within 24 hours for any serious side effects like itching, redness, puffiness, or blister. In case of such effects, avoid using Hydroquinone Cream and contact your doctor immediately. If there is only mild redness, you may start with the treatment.
Hydroquinone Cream may make the treated areas of skin more sensitive to sunlight. Therefore, to avoid unwanted skin lightening, avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning salons, and sun lamps. Wear protective clothing while outdoors on the treated areas of skin. Though Hydroquinone Cream contains sunscreen, it is not sufficient for any other skin parts not being treated for discoloration. You should apply a separate sunscreen with SPF 15 or more to your normal skin.
Use Hydroquinone Cream regularly to see the best results. Try to use it at the same times each day to remember.
Common Side Effects of Lustra Cream (Hydroquinone):
- Skin dryness
- Skin redness
- Cracking of the skin
Serious Side Effects of Lustra Cream (Hydroquinone):
- Breathing problem
- Chest pain
- Irregular heartbeat
- Serious allergic reaction (difficult breathing; hives; rash; swelling)
Forms and Strength
Lustra Cream (Hydroquinone) is available in the following forms and strength:
- Do not use Lustra Cream in larger amounts or for longer periods than recommended by your healthcare provider.
- Avoid getting Lustra Cream in your eyes, mouth, or nose, and do not apply it to areas with broken or irritated skin.
- Lustra Cream can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, use sunscreen and avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays.
- If you experience any signs of an allergic reaction, such as hives, swelling, or difficulty breathing, stop using Lustra Cream and seek medical attention immediately.
- Hydroquinone, the active ingredient in Lustra Cream, has been associated with a risk of ochronosis, a rare condition that causes bluish-black pigmentation of the skin. If you notice any unusual changes in your skin color or texture while using Lustra Cream, contact your healthcare provider.
- Lustra Cream should not be used by pregnant women, as the risks to the developing fetus are not yet known.
- Breastfeeding mothers should also use caution when applying Lustra Cream, as it is not known whether the active ingredient is excreted in breast milk.
- If you are using any other topical skin products, including prescription medications or over-the-counter creams and lotions, check with your healthcare provider to avoid using Lustra Cream in combination with other products that may cause skin irritation or other adverse effects.
- If you have a history of skin allergies or allergic reactions to any medications or ingredients in skincare products, you should talk to your healthcare provider before using Lustra Cream.
- Some people may experience skin dryness, redness, or irritation when using Lustra Cream. If you notice any of these symptoms, talk to your healthcare provider about alternative treatment options.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is Lustra Cream safe to use?
Lustra Cream should be used with caution and under the guidance of a healthcare professional. Hydroquinone, the active ingredient in Lustra Cream, has been associated with a risk of ochronosis, a rare condition that causes bluish-black pigmentation of the skin.
How long does it take to see results from using Lustra Cream?
It may take several weeks to months of regular use to see the full effect of Lustra Cream. Your healthcare provider will advise you on how long to use the cream.
Can Lustra Cream be used on all skin types?
Lustra Cream may not be suitable for all skin types, particularly for those with sensitive skin or a history of allergies or skin irritation. Talk to your healthcare provider about how to use Lustra Cream safely and effectively.
Is Lustra Cream a permanent solution for hyperpigmentation?
Lustra Cream can help to lighten dark spots and hyperpigmentation, but the effects may not be permanent. Continued use of the cream and sun protection are necessary to prevent further hyperpigmentation.
Can Lustra Cream be purchased over the counter?
No, Lustra Cream is a prescription medication that can only be obtained through a healthcare provider.
It's important to purchase Lustra Cream from verified Canadian pharmacy.