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1 My Mequinol Experience on Thu Apr 22, 2010 4:27 am

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First topic message reminder :

Thanks to Maharani, I have been using Mequinol 10% on the scars on my arms now for almost a week now. Although some of the scar areas have faded some and not too large in size overall, I'm going to see if the mequinol/tretinoin can further remove the darkened areas. It does have a stinky smell LOL, so personally I prefer to use it at night and it is like a thick vaseline formulation, so little is needed as it melts as I rub it in.

Keep in mind, it is recommended that you use retin-a (tretinoin) along with mequinol in order for effective penetration and results. So, I'll keep everyone updated.


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51 Re: My Mequinol Experience on Tue May 11, 2010 11:48 am

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LOL. I know what you mean.

52 Re: My Mequinol Experience on Tue May 11, 2010 1:53 pm

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Oh yeah I think I know what you mean about your complexion.

Thanks you guys for the advice, I'll take my adive from the tortoise...slow and steady....slow and steady.
Like maharani I don't want to have kids scared of me when they see my face lol

53 Re: My Mequinol Experience on Tue May 11, 2010 10:14 pm

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Yeah, it's tempting because you want results now, but going at a slower and consisten pace will have less shock value, avoids have the washed out bleached look as well. My mom and a couple of my aunts are already glaring in my face these days saying "what are you using on your face. I know it's more than black soap", and "you don't want to get so light!" ...yes I do


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All Day Chemist Hq 4% (lightener)
RX Suncare: Sport Sunblock SPF 50 (sunblock)
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54 Re: My Mequinol Experience on Tue May 11, 2010 10:54 pm

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I feel you on that. My thing is it's your skin....PERIOD.

I hate when people say you are ashamed of your race or some such nonsense. I always think does that mean people who tan want to be black? Lol

55 Re: My Mequinol Experience on Wed May 12, 2010 8:47 am

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Skin lightening is not about being ashamed of your color or race, its about trying to achieve optimum satisfaction albeit self satisfaction with the way one feels about him/herself and what would look best for us. Why does whites run the risk of skin cancer buying tanning spray/lotions, sunbathing and tanning beds? Is it because they want to be black or ashamed of their color. NO, they believe like us in self satisfaction, wanting to look their best and thinking that tanning makes them look good. People should cut the garbage out and mind their own business.

56 Re: My Mequinol Experience on Wed May 12, 2010 1:41 pm

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allure wrote:Skin lightening is not about being ashamed of your color or race, its about trying to achieve optimum satisfaction albeit self satisfaction with the way one feels about him/herself and what would look best for us. Why does whites run the risk of skin cancer buying tanning spray/lotions, sunbathing and tanning beds? Is it because they want to be black or ashamed of their color. NO, they believe like us in self satisfaction, wanting to look their best and thinking that tanning makes them look good. People should cut the garbage out and mind their own business.
You know that I know that and everyone else on this forum knows that.
I think the entire skin whitening inustry needs to become more mainstream and then maybe people will see it is no different then those that tan.

57 Re: My Mequinol Experience on Wed May 12, 2010 1:50 pm

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Then I would suggest education! They need to be more open minded and just let things be. Sometimes people can be so hateful and slam someone for what they are doing, I really don't understand it. Oh well.

58 Re: My Mequinol Experience on Wed May 12, 2010 2:26 pm

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Well they say ignorance is bliss *shrugs*

59 Re: My Mequinol Experience on Sun May 30, 2010 4:07 pm

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Well time for an update guys! yaay!

For the past couple of days I have been noticing that my left elbow (which contains the most hyperpigmentation) has been shedding considerably. Underneath is new skin which is about maybe a shade lighter. It hasn't completely shedded yet, but more new skin I'm noticing wach day.

Three of my scars on my arm: One of them is about 40% faded, the other two maybe 30% lighter. I was also fading some hyperpigmentation near my wrist and I'll try to describe, it looks like some of the pigment is lightly breaking up and slightly darker and for the past few days lighter skin I'm beginning to notice..about 1 shade, but it isn't even yet. So, I will keep you posted.


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RX Suncare: Sport Sunblock SPF 50 (sunblock)
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60 Re: My Mequinol Experience on Sun May 30, 2010 4:47 pm

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That's great golden.

How often do you apply the mq to your hyperpigmented area?

I also have a mark on my upper left arm and it seems to have faded slightly after using f&w there lol

61 Re: My Mequinol Experience on Tue Jun 01, 2010 2:19 pm

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Wow GG, great job and congrats! I love the shedding part, even now I'm still shedding and the itching has subsided (I stopped using my mix 3 days ago). The itching was driving me insane! I am confident that you will get amazing results from using MQ, I have and I am very happy with my results. I can't wait to get back in the groove of things.

62 Re: My Mequinol Experience on Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:53 am

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Goldengirl are you still using it straight or diluting it. If you're diluting it, are you just mixing it in your palm?
Thanks

63 Re: My Mequinol Experience on Wed Jun 02, 2010 1:26 pm

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Alizee love wrote:That's great golden.

How often do you apply the mq to your hyperpigmented area?

I also have a mark on my upper left arm and it seems to have faded slightly after using f&w there lol

I apply the mequinol mixed with Ra twice daily (am & pm). Lactic acid peels also work for scars and marks. F&W can also work for the spots, especially when exfoliating.


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Neutrogena Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub (cleanser)
Tretinoin/Retin-A 0.05% (exfoliant)
All Day Chemist Hq 4% (lightener)
RX Suncare: Sport Sunblock SPF 50 (sunblock)
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64 Re: My Mequinol Experience on Wed Jun 02, 2010 1:36 pm

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GG - you apply it 2x per day? Each time with ra? Wow, what % ra are you using again?

65 Re: My Mequinol Experience on Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:03 pm

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Wow u must really itch golden lol.

Are you still just applying it on your neck/ears/chest/arms/ and scars or are you applying it on your whole body?

66 Re: My Mequinol Experience on Fri Jun 04, 2010 12:13 am

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I am considering trying this method next.

67 Re: My Mequinol Experience on Fri Jun 04, 2010 12:41 am

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Hi guys,

What is the Mequinol for? I am interested in knowing more.

Thanks in advance,

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68 Re: My Mequinol Experience on Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:26 am

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Well it is a skin lightening agent similar to that of hq but it works at slower rate; however, it can be more affective and I belive the effects last longer. Of course you need to be cautious and use a very good exfoliator, sunc screen and use it on a regular basis.

Some of our members such as allure have found success with it but have experienced iching and there are complaints of a not so fresh odor.

I'm sure one of our other members can give a more thorough answer

69 Re: My Mequinol Experience on Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:35 am

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it can depigment the skin and used for vitiligo patients ( thats what a doctor will tell you), not to scare you but it's like a weak form of monobenzone. use it in high % your skin will look like M.j but when used in low % and mixed with retin a you can lighten nicely with it.

70 Re: My Mequinol Experience on Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:40 am

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Yes I forgot to mention that lol. It does seep into the blood system, I think, which is one of the reasons its very potent but works at a slow rate. It is a strong chemical and therefor should not be abused or you risk severe damage to your skin, just take it slow and steady; that's what'll win you the race Smile

71 Re: My Mequinol Experience on Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:46 am

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seeps into the blood stream, never heard of that doesn't sound to appealing now.

but in the words of young gunz, can't stop wont stop

72 Re: My Mequinol Experience on Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:05 am

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Hmmm the more I think about it the more unsure I am. I know mono works by seeping into the blood system and mq is in the same family but now I'm unsure if it does seep into the blood. scratch

73 Re: My Mequinol Experience on Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:12 am

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HQ is in the same family to righ?

74 Re: My Mequinol Experience on Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:39 am

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Surely there must be long -term side effects? Is it really worth a try for ligtening for long term and maintenance? Perhaps would it be better just for dark knees and elbows??

75 Re: My Mequinol Experience on Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:54 am

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I'm not a doctor so I can't recomend but if you are worried you can use makari skin creams which contain natural ingredients such as fruit extracts. Now if you wish you could use. Hq on just the elbows and kness; the harder parts to lighten.

Yes - I do belive all three are in the same family but different strengths. I know that mono is a depigmentation, as is mq but at a lower rate, and works by seeping into the blood system. That is why you can apply it on your right shoulder but get a white patch on your left calf.

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