Lustra (Hydroquinone USP 4%) decreases the formation of melanin in the skin. Melanin is the pigment in skin that gives it a brown color. Hydroquinone topical is used to lighten areas of darkened skin such as freckles, age spots, chloasma and melasma. Lustra AF cream SPF 20 has sunscreen to help prevent dark spots from re-occurring due to sunlight or ultraviolet exposure.
We currently have the brand Lustra or Lustra AF from Canada and the generic from Turkey. Brand Lustra is available as an over-the-counter product, and generic Hydroquinone (also known as Expigment Cream) requires a prescription. Lustra comes in cream and cream AF, strengths in 4 %/30 gm and 28.4 gm.
Stop using hydroquinone topical and call your doctor if you have severe burning, stinging, or other irritation of your skin after you apply the medication. Less serious side effects may include mild burning, stinging, itching, redness, or irritation of treated skin.
Do not use hydroquinone topical on skin that is sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped or irritated or an open wound. It could make these conditions worse. Wait until these conditions have healed before applying the cream. Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays (tanning beds). Hydroquinone topical can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing if you must be out in the sun.
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