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Updated on November 13, 2023

Overview

What they are

These products are both fungal acne (malassezia) safe and reef safe facial treatments. They have a total of 1 ingredients in common

Suited For

They're both likely to be good for dark spots

Free From

They both do not contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, fragrances, oils, parabens, silicones or sulfates

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Musely The Spot Cream Erase
Musely The Spot Cream Erase
Facial Treatment
American Brand United States
MelloDerm-HQ Hydroquinone 4% Cream
MelloDerm-HQ Hydroquinone 4% Cream
Facial Treatment
South African Brand South Africa

Ingredient Info

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Notable Ingredients

Benefits

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Ingredients Side-by-side

found in both products
The Spot Cream Erase
Hydroquinone Stabilising
Good for Dark Spots IconMay worsen Rosacea Icon
Good for Dark SpotsGood for Dark Spots Icon May worsen RosaceaMay worsen Rosacea Icon

Hydroquinone is used to treat hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and age spots.

Kojic Acid Antioxidant
Antioxidant IconGood for Dark Spots IconGood for Scar Healing Icon
AntioxidantAntioxidant Icon 2 Benefits

Kojic acid comes from fungi and can also be from fermented foods. It helps even out skin tone and reduce hyperpigmentation.

Niacinamide Smoothing
Niacinamide IconGood for Oily Skin IconHelps reduce Skin Redness IconGood for Minimizing Pores IconGood for Dark Spots IconHelps fight Acne IconHelps brighten skin Icon
NiacinamideNiacinamide Icon 6 Benefits

Niacinamide has emerged as an all-star ingredient due to its many benefits.

Hydrocortisone

Hydrocortisone is the name for the hormone cortisol when used in medication.

Hydroquinone 4% Cream
Hydroquinone Stabilising
Good for Dark Spots IconMay worsen Rosacea Icon
Good for Dark SpotsGood for Dark Spots Icon May worsen RosaceaMay worsen Rosacea Icon

Hydroquinone is used to treat hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and age spots.

Ingredients Explained

These ingredients are found in both products.

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Stabilising
Mixed

Hydroquinone is used to treat hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and age spots.

It works by decreasing the melanocytes in your skin. Melanocytes are cells that create melanin (the color pigment in skin).

Be sure to use this ingredient as prescribed by your doctor. Wearing sunscreen is also a must (you should be wearing sunscreen anyway!).

Most hydroquinone prescriptions are not to be used for longer than 3 months. Long term usage can cause ochronosis, or a condition in which the skin darkens more than before.

This ingredient is banned in the EU for being skin sensitizer. In the US, this ingredient is not allowed for over-the-counter sale.

However, it is still possible to get hydroquinone in the EU, US, Canada, Australia, and Japan from a doctor's prescription.

There is no known research backing this ingredient to be carcinogenic in humans.

Check out the European alternative to hydroquinone here.

Gentle reminder that all skin tones are beautiful!

Learn more about Hydroquinone

Ingredient Ratings

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The Spot Cream Erase
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Hydroquinone 4% Cream
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