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HomeAnswersDermatologyredness of skinI have redness and itching after stopping Hydroquinone and Mometasone cream. Why?

Will stopping a skin lightening cream cause side effects?

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Answered by

Dr. Rabia Anjum

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Divya Banu M

Published At April 8, 2019
Reviewed AtApril 16, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am using skin lite cream for the past two years. This cream contains Hydroquinone and Mometasone. Now I am stopping the usage of this cream. Now in my face, I am seeing redness and itching like skin allergy. Please suggest the best creams or medicine to cure this problem.

Answered by Dr. Rabia Anjum


Welcome to icliniq.com.

You have developed contact dermatitis due to this medicine. As it also contains a steroid, skin becomes steroid dependent, so when this is stopped the face becomes red and inflamed. First thing for treatment is to use a good Sunblock OG SPF 60. The second thing is Metronidazole gel 0.75 percent and third is an oral antihistamine. Avoid all irritants and skin lightening agents further. Treatment will be long term. It will take time.

Probable diagnosis

Contact dermatitis.

Treatment plan

Apply Sunblock Spf 60 frequently every two hourly. Apply Metronidazole gel 0.75 % at night. Mix it with cold cream. Take oral antihistamine.

Preventive measures

Avoid irritants, maintain hygiene of area, avoid cheap creams available in the market.

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

Dr. Rabia Anjum
Dr. Rabia Anjum


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