HomeAnswersDermatologydry skinI have dry, flaky skin after using anti-acne creams. Kindly help.

Which acne cream is causing dry, flaky skin around eyes and burns on cheek?

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Dr. Shanza Ikram

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Published At April 29, 2018
Reviewed AtJanuary 12, 2024

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

Recently I have been prescribed Tretinoin 0.25 cream and Benzaclin gel for my mild acne but ever since I started I have been getting dry and flaky skin around my eyes and mouth and burns on my cheek. Which cream is causing this? And how do I continue using them, if so?

Answered by Dr. Shanza Ikram

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have gone through your case. Actually, it is a very common side effect of Tretinoin cream and sometimes Bezclin (Clindamycin and Benzoyl peroxide) also causes it. My opinion is to stop both medicines for a week. If you have severe burning use Hydrocortisone cream only on burning areas for seven days only and then stop it. Also, use Vaseline lotion. First, apply on your hand and then tap your face with very little lotion in order to make your skin soft. If you apply more lotion then it will make your skin oily. After one week when your redness settles down then start with Bezclin gel only and apply only on lesions.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Shanza Ikram
Dr. Shanza Ikram

Dermatology

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