What is Melaglow ?
Melaglow is the brand name for a medicated cream, usually prescribed for the treatment of hyper-pigmentation of skin and lightening the complexion of skin. This cream is manufactured and marketed by Abbott India Limited. This cream is available in the packaging of 30 gm per tube.
- What is the generic name(s)?
- How does it work ?
- What are it’s uses ?
- How effective is this medicine ?
- What are the Side Effects ?
- What is the Dosage ?
- What are the precautions I need to take ?
- Is it safe to take if I am pregnant ?
- Is it safe to take if I am breast feeding ?
- Can this medicine be given to children and infants ?
- Is Melaglow available as an over the counter (OTC) product?
- Frequently asked questions
What is the generic name (s)?
The active ingredients and generic medicine preset in this medicine and their composition is listed below:
- Avobenzone — 0.05% w/w
- Soya isoflavonoids — 0.1% w/w
- Glabridin — 0.05% w/v
- Tetrahydro curcuminoid — 0.05% w/w
How does it work ?
Avobenzone is a hydroquinone derivative sun-screening chemical. It works by discoloring spots and freckles on skin. It also prevents the spots caused by exposure to ultraviolet rays.
Hydroquinone has a reversible depigmentation effect on the skin. The accumulation of Melanin, the skin pigment which causes skin darkening, is reduced by its bleaching effect. The synthesis of Melanin along with some important processes which result in the formation of Melanin inside the cells get inhibited by hydroquinone.
Soya isoflavonoid is a plant chemical, similar to female hormone estrogen. It helps in rejuvenating new skin cells.
Glabridin is also and isoflavonoid, found in the root extracts of licorice plants.
Tetrahydro curcuminoid has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It helps in reducing the pigmentation.
What are it’s uses ?
- Ultra violet rays protection
- Breast cancer
- Lactose intolerance
- Kidney disease in people with diabetes
- Hereditary lactase deficiency
- Kidney disease
- High cholesterol
- Menopausal symptoms
- Free radical formation prevention
How effective is this medicine ?
There are no studies conducted to prove the effectiveness or efficacy of Melaglow for skin lightening and anti-ageing , but the claimed individual ingredients can be quite effective in pigmentation reduction and protection against inflammation (which causes wrinkles and freckles and thus ageing of skin).
Consult a dermatologist before using this serum to know if you can use it.
What are the Side Effects ?
Some commonly reported side-effects of generic components of Melaglow cream are being described below:
- Skin redness due to allergic reaction
- Mild skin irritation
- Inflammation, burning
- Erythema & stinging
- Changes in color of skin
- Dryness in the skin
- Facial swelling
- Blisters at the cream applied area
- Darkening of the color of the skin
- Thickening of the skin
- Tenderness in the skin
- Scaling and mild burning
- Reaction at the cream applied area
What is the Dosage ?
The quantity of Melaglow cream to be applied for the particular skin condition and also the frequency of application per day has to be as per Dermatologist’s prescription. Also, one must not exceed the duration (in terms of number of days) of the use of this cream.
What are the precautions I need to take ?
Following precautions are suggested for the use of this cream:
- Don’t use for long time
- Tell your doctor if you have any skin disease or skin condition, especially eczema and psoriasis.
- Tell your doctor if you are taking any medicine and if you are currently applying any other topical cream
- Do not use if allergic to any of the ingredients.
It is advised to consult a dermatologist before using this cream to ensure that it is well suited for your skin.
Is it safe to take if I am pregnant ?
For topical application this medicine is relatively safe to use during pregnancy. But it should be used only if clearly needed.
Melaglow belongs to pregnancy category ‘N’, FDA has not yet classified the drug into a specified pregnancy category.
Consult a doctor to know if this cream is safe for you.
Is it safe to take if I am breast feeding ?
This medicine is relatively safe to use while breast feeding. But it should not be applied any where near breast. Make sure the baby doesn’t come in to contact with the cream. Please use this medicine only when clearly needed.
Consult a doctor to know if this cream is safe for you.
Can this medicine be given to children and infants ?
Yes, if prescribed by a qualified dermatologist, this medicine can be used for children of age more than 4 years only. Please consult with the dermatologist regarding the quantity , frequency and duration of application of this cream.
But, it is strictly not to be used for children below the age of 4 years and infants
Is Melaglow available as an over the counter (OTC) product?
Yes, Melaglow is available as an over the counter (OTC) product. But it is suggested that you consult a dermatologist to know if you can use this medicine on your skin.
Frequently asked questions
Can Hydroquinone cause cancer?
Reportedly there are no cancer cases in human beings linked to hydroquinone till date, so weaker strength (0.5% to 2%) Hydroquinone is still available in some of the over the counter products, while stronger (4%) Hydroquinone is only available on prescription. Hydroquinone has been on cancer watch list of FDA and it’s usage has been quite controversial, especially because life time usage of hydroquinone on animals has been linked to increased risk of cancer due to ochronosis.
Can I use Melaglow cream on my open wounds ?
No, you should not apply this medicinal cream on open wounds. This cream is only for external use. Applying this cream on open wounds can worsen the wound and generate infections. You can use this cream once the wound is covered with skin.