Description of Monobenzone?
4 Benzyloxyphenol, also known as monobenzyl ether of monobenzone and hydroquinone (MBEH), is an organic compound with the chemical formula of phenol C6H5CH2OC6H4OH. Used as a topical drug for drug-induced depigmentation. It is a colorless solid and is classified as hydroquinone monobenzyl ethers. Monobenzone is soluble in alcohol, benzene and ether, and practically insoluble in water.
What is monobenzone topical?
Monobenzone is a depigmenting agent. It works by increasing elimination of melanin (pigment molecules) from skin cells.
Monobenzone topical (for the skin) is used to permanently lighten skin in people with vitiligo. Depigmenting darker skin around the areas of vitiligo helps even out coloring and appearance of the skin.
Monobenzone is not for treating freckles, café-au-lait spots, sun damage, melanoma, jaundice, or other pigmentation disorders not caused by vitiligo.
HOW TO USE:
This medication is for use on the skin only. Apply a thin layer of the medication to normal-colored skin, usually 2-3 times daily or as directed by your doctor. Avoid getting this product in your eyes or on the inside of your nose or mouth. If you do get this medication in those areas, flush with plenty of water.After using this medication, the skin will be permanently affected and sensitive to sunlight. Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight, tanning booths, and sunlamps. Always use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or greater, and wear protective clothing when outdoors.It may take up to 4 months before the full benefit of this drug takes effect. Once the desired skin color is achieved, this medication is applied only as needed to maintain your new skin color (usually 2 times a week).Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day.Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens after 4 months.