My face appears swollen and itchy after using the exfoliating solution. What should I do next?

Q. What should a patient do if his face appears swollen and itchy after using the exfoliating solution?

Answered by
Dr. Suvash Sahu
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 15, 2022 and last reviewed on: Sep 26, 2023

Hello doctor,

I used an exfoliating solution for three days. It is supposed to be my fifth day of using it, but I stopped using it because my face looks so itchy and swollen. I think I have an allergic reaction. What is this, and what should I do?



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I can understand your concern. As per your description, it seems you have irritant contact dermatitis due to Tretinoin and Hydroquinone chemical. It is a localized disease confined to the areas of exposure and may aggravate subsequent exposure. After cleaning the area, I suggest you apply Fluticasone and Fusidic acid combination cream twice daily for five days. I also suggest you take the tablet Levocetirizine once daily for five days. Consult your doctor, discuss with him or her, and take the medicines with his consent.

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