Can You Trust a Doctor with Your Skin?

Skin From A DoctorHow safe do you feel when you see your GP, and ask him about a skin condition that he may never have seen before?

Can you trust that your doctor is up to date on the real issues with particular chemicals in the medicines they prescribe, or are they just taking the word of the pharmaceutical companies?

I’ve been doing research for a series of articles about skin bleaching creams, and in particular prescription creams containing hydroquinone.

I’ve learned that FDA tests show that the use of these creams for more than a couple of weeks at a time can result in ochronosis, (severe discoloration and bruising of the skin), photo-sensitivity, (sensitivity to light and sunlight), and even nausea and hallucinations.

The tests even showed a dramatically increased risk of cancer in tests done on rodents, although this was not confirmed in tests on humans. The tests on humans were basically done to unknowing patients, in the many years since the cream was approved for use by the public.

The most common reason for patients to get prescribed this medication is as a treatment for vitiligo, but the side effects of hydroquinone containing creams have been known for years, and most European countries have banned the sale of any product containing this substance.

What makes it such a terrible misjudgement to prescribe this cream at all is not just the side effects, but the fact that there are non-prescription bleaching creams that use safer ingredients without anywhere near as many side effects, that do the job of bleaching the skin white to the safe level of effectiveness.

What To Use For Safe Skin Whitening

A cream containing arbutin, glycolic acid, kojic acid, sepiwhite FSH, or even simple ascorbic acid or vitamin C would be a better alternative for doctors to recommend to their patients.

You can check out the sidebar or click on the photo on this post for links to an effective product range that uses these chemicals: Tonique Skin Care.

The reason why things go wrong is that doctors are told by the pharmaceutical companies that they should prescribe the prescription cream, and the manufacturers of the over the counter medications don’t have the same power and access to the ear of doctors, even thought their products are safer and better.

It makes sense doesn’t it, that if a chemical is dangerous it will require a prescription, and that those medications approved for over the counter use will be safer?

Doctors need to keep this in mind, and take more time to study the benefits of using non-prescription remedies so as not to jump too quickly to prescribing a chemical which may be harmful, or even deadly such as hydroquinone.