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What is Monobenzone?
Monobenzone is a compound used as a topical drug for medical depigmentation. Monobenzone is the monobenzyl ether of hydroquinone. Monobenzone occurs as a white, almost tasteless crystalline powder, soluble in alcohol and practically insoluble in water. Monobenzone is used to eliminate residual areas of normally pigmented skin in patients with generalized vitiligo.

What is Vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a pigmentation disorder in which melanocytes (the cells that make pigment) in the skin are destroyed. As a result, white patches appear on the skin in different parts of the body.

How quickly will I see results with Monobenzone?
It may take up to 4-6 months before the full benefit of Monobenzone 20% cream is seen. Once the desired skin color is achieved, this medication is applied only as needed to maintain the new skin color (usually 2 times a week).

How often do I need to use monobenzone 20% cream?
You will need to use Monobenzone 20% cream 2-3 times a day unless irritation develops. Once you depigment fully, reduce use twice a week.

What are the precautions to be taken while on monobenzone 20% therapy?
The following precautions need to be taken while you are on Monobenzone 20% cream

  • Avoid getting this product in your eyes or on the inside of your nose or mouth. If the cream is accidentally applied in these areas, flush with plenty of water.
  • This medication is for use on the skin only. Albaquin cream should be applied with a patch test for 48 h to detect hypersensitivity.
  • Avoid application of Albaquin to the eyelids and areas close to the eye.
  • After using this medication, the skin will be permanently affected and sensitive to sunlight. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight. Always use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or greater, and wear protective clothing when outdoors.

What if I stop using Monobenzone 20% cream?
If you stop using Monobenzone 20% cream before you complete your treatment you run the risk of repigmenting. However, once you complete the depigmentation treatment you can stop using Monobenzone and if you notice small patches of repigmentation you may start applying monobenzone to those areas.

Can I use Monobenzone as lightener, and I will stop after few months?
No, Scientists still do not fully understand how Monobenzone works. Monobenzone frequently produces irreversible depigmentation, and it must not be used as a substitute for bleaching.

Will Monobenzone cause acne?
There is no direct link between Monobenzone creams and acne, however, if you notice that it is causing acne; consult the doctor.

Will Monobenzone 20% cause white spots?
White spots are caused because the mechanism in which Albaquin works to destroy the melanin cells is random. You may see whitening of the skin in areas where you did not apply the (Albaquin) Monobenzone cream. This is the reason why it should only be used for permanent total depigmentation.

Can pure Monobenzone powder be shipped to USA or UK and Europe?
Yes, we ship to almost every country but you will be responsible for all duties, taxes and brokerage fees.

What is the strongest Monobenzone cream available?
We manufacture Monobenzone cream in 20% concentrations; please contact us for custom formulations.

Do you offer custom formulations for Monobenzone cream?
Yes, we can customize formulations of Monobenzone cream for you to your desired concentration.

Do you have FDA license for this product?
Yes, this product is manufactured under FDA licence with cGMP guidelines.

What is the maximum concentration of Monobenzone that can be used?
Maximum concentration that can be used is 20% in the cream form effective enough on vitiligo.

How quickly will I see results with Monobenzone?
It can take 4-6 months to see results if Monobenzone cream is applied daily to the skin.

Why does it take so long to depigment fully?
Monobenzone can take years to fully depigment skin because it works to destroy melanin cells not just reduce them.

Where can I buy 20% Monobenzone cream?
To buy 20% Monobenzone cream, please click here.


Disclaimer: Monobenzone is a potent depigmentation agent. It is neither a skin fairness cream nor mild cosmetic bleach. Monobenzone is not used for treating freckles, sun damage, sun spots, and age spots, skin discoloration caused by hormone medicine, perfumes, pregnancy, or skin trauma.