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Lustra Cream (Hydroquinone Topical)

Also Known as Expigment Cream

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Lustra cream is a prescription skin-lightening cream that lightens dark skin patches and is used to treat skin dyschromia with hydroquinone therapy. It can also be used for skin damage caused by UV rays or to repair skin discoloration caused by oral contraceptive use, HRT hormone replacement therapy, or skin trauma. Prolonged sun exposure is to be avoided while using Lustra to lighten dark skin patches, and applying the cream as frequently as indicated in the prescription is essential for the best results with skin lightening.

What is Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is a skin condition where certain areas become darker due to excess melanin production. Sun exposure, hormonal changes, or inflammation can cause it. Common types include melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and sunspots. Treatment options include topical creams, chemical peels, and laser therapy. Sun protection is important to prevent further darkening of the affected areas.

Fact Table
Formula C6H6O2
License EU EMA, US FDA
Bioavailability 43.3%
Legal status RX Only
Chemical Name Hydroquinone Topical
Elimination half-life 12 hours
Dosage (Strength) 4% Cream 30g (1 tube)
Pregnancy Consult a doctor
Brands Lustra Cream
Protein binding -
PubChem CID 785
MedlinePlus -
ChEBI 17594
ATC code D11AX11
DrugBank -
KEGG D00073
Routes of administration Topical

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Standard usage guidelines for Lustra cream 4 hydroquinone is application on affected skin areas 2x daily, in the morning and evening at even intervals. Continue use until you are satisfied with skin lightening results and reduction in darkness of skin patches.

Do not exceed Lustra cream dosage guidelines and apply medicated dark skin patch cream more often than 2x a day. If product is not working effectively you can meet with a dermatologist or doctor to discuss a different approach. Using Lustra any more than 2x a day may cause skin damage.


The active ingredient in Lustra cream is Hydroquinone.


Let your doctor know if you have any history of skin cancer or skin disorders like eczema or psoriasis or if you have allergies before beginning on Lustra cream.

For topical use on skin only. Keep out of eyes and be sure not to ingest orally.

Place high SPF sunscreen and / or a skin covering over treated skin areas in instances of direct sunlight exposure for any extended period of time.

Use this medication when pregnant or breast feeding only if your doctor approves it.


No identified drug interaction risks exist between Lustra cream and other Rx medications, but you should let your doctor know of all medications and OTC supplements you are currently taking before getting a prescription and going to buy Lustra cream online.

Side Effects

Side effects from using Lustra cream are possible, and some users may experience mild burning, stinging, redness, or dryness of the skin. If side effects are seen you may want to stop use and speak with your doctor again regarding dark skin patches treatment medication options.

Frequently Asked Questions about Lustra Cream

Is Hydroquinone a Steroid?

No, Hydroquinone is not a steroid. It is a chemical compound commonly used in skincare products for its skin-lightening properties.

What is Lustra Used for?

Lustra is a brand name for a skin cream that contains Hydroquinone. It primarily treats hyperpigmentation, such as dark spots, melasma, and other skin discolorations.

What are the Side Effects of Lustra?

Like any medication, Lustra can have potential side effects, including mild skin irritation, redness, dryness, itching, or a temporary darkening of the treated skin.

How Long Does Hydroquinone Cream Take to Work?

Hydroquinone takes about four weeks on average to take effect. It may take several months of using it consistently (daily) before seeing results. If you don't see any results, a more potent formula may be recommended to suit your needs. It is important to note that there will still be some effects on the skin up to 24 hours after applying, such as skin redness (a good sign that it's working) or itching and puffy (signs not to use this product anymore and to contact your doctor).

Can You Leave Hydroquinone on Overnight?

Yes, Hydroquinone can be left on overnight. If there are any effects on the skin after sleeping (such as irritation or puffiness), you should stop using the medication altogether. Otherwise, it's safe.

What Happens When You Stop Using Hydroquinone Cream?

When you stop using hydroquinone cream, the effects of the medication will gradually fade over time. If you have been using Hydroquinone to treat hyperpigmentation, the treated areas may darken again if proper sun protection measures are not taken. It is essential to use sunscreen and other sun protection measures to help maintain the results achieved with hydroquinone treatment.

How to Make Hydroquinone Work Faster?

There are no sure ways to make Hydroquinone work faster. Its usability comes from the fact that it's made for short-term use (no more than six months). After applying it regularly, results should be seen after one month of applying the medication twice daily for at least a month and a half.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.