The following is an excerpt from Next Steps in Dermatology based on a Pearl Grimes, MD lecture at Skin of Color Update 2019.
The topic of skin lightening can be very controversial, but the reality is that there is a large market for skin lightening and learning to treat patients in the safest way is the priority. At the 2019 Skin of Color Update, a lecture on skin lightening included panelists: Dr. Eliot Battle, Dr. Pearl Grimes, and Dr. Cheryl Burgess and featured their approaches to skin lightening.
- Skin lightening is still very common.
- Hydroquinone is still the gold standard.
- New therapies are on the horizon.
- More research needs to be done on glutathione.
Check out the full article on Next Steps in Derm for a more in-depth look.