Kligman’s Formula

Kligman’s Formula is a prescription only formulation that consists of 5% hydroquinone, 0.1% tretinoin, and 0.1% dexamethasone in hydrophilic ointment. Developed by Dr Albert Kligman, the combination is used to treat conditions involving hyperpigmentation – Melasma, age spots and scars.

The ingredients in Kligman’s formula are designed to work together. The hydroquinone helps to stop the formation of pigmentation by inhibiting tryosinase, the enzyme responsible for the production of melanin. Tretinoin helps to stimulate the production of healthy, new skin cells and it may also assist with the absorption of hydroquinone. Dexamethasone is a mild steroid, which is incorporated to help minimize skin irritation that may arise from the hydroquinone and tretinoin in Kligman’s formula.
Kligman’s formula must be prescribed by a physician and can be compounded by a specialist pharmacy. Your physician will be able to determine if the combination is appropriate for your condition.

If you would rather use a product that doesn’t require a prescription, you may wish to consider a product formulated with 4% hydroquinone as found in Lustra, Lustra AF, Neostrata HQ Plus Cream, Neostrata HQ Gel or Glyquin XM. All these products contain the added benefit of glycolic acid, which can assist with the removal of existing pigmentation and enhance the absorption of hydroquinone. Used as directed, they may make a suitable alternative to Kligman’s formula.

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Gloria said,

August 11, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

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August 11, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

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shibe said,

October 16, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

Where can I purchase kligman formula?I’m in south Africa.pretoria

Sharmani said,

December 10, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

To Shibe,
As Kligman’s Formula is prescription only, it would be best to consult your doctor.
Sharmani

sarika pawse said,

March 13, 2014 @ 6:07 am

Hi,

Because I am use for Kligman’n Formula , dealy use my skin is very glow & Charm , but stop the cream after 1 week , skin is very black .

I requested my meager problem my skin , I have not my skin problem pls your sagest idea. my SKIN PROBLEM

Sharmani said,

March 14, 2014 @ 10:57 am

For Sarika,
Thanks for your question. Kligman’s Formula is a prescription-only treatment that must be recommended by your dermatologist. If you have been using it long-term and wish to consider other non-prescription skin lightening alternatives, your dermatologist would be in the best position to suggest which products may work for you based on previous experience with your skin’s needs.
Best, Sharmani

joann said,

June 18, 2014 @ 11:17 am

can i use that cream even i am breastfeeding?

Sharmani said,

June 24, 2014 @ 12:13 pm

For Joann,
Thank you for your question. Hydroquinone products should not be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
Best, Sharmani

dayanara said,

August 8, 2014 @ 2:33 pm

i am also using kligman’s cream // i have black spots on my legs // my dermatologist’s said that i need to use this twice a day //

dayanara said,

August 8, 2014 @ 2:35 pm

i want to see the effect right away // do you have any other suggestions?

Sharmani said,

September 3, 2014 @ 10:05 am

For Dayanara:
Skin lightening is a long-term battle where patience is certainly a virtue! As you are under a dermatologist’s care and are using prescription-only Kligman’s Formula, it would be best to consult your healthcare provider for ways to expedite the process.
Best, Sharmani

jimena said,

October 2, 2014 @ 9:39 pm

Where can I buy this cream

Sharmani said,

October 6, 2014 @ 9:29 am

For Jimena:
Kligman’s Formula is a prescription only product and can be recommended only by your physician or dermatologist. If you would like a non-prescription product for hyperpigmentation, you may want to consider Lustra AF with 4% hydroquinone and retinol. You can read more about hydroquinone here.
Best, Sharmani

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