Skinlite cream for fairness & age spots, is it safe? side effects

What is Skinlite Cream ?

Skinlite Cream is a branded skin fairness product sold by Liva Healthcare Ltd (Zydus Cadila) and is available as a 20 gram tube of cream for topical application.

  1. What are the Generic Name(s)?
  2. How does it work ?
  3. What are it’s uses ?
  4. How effective is this medicine ?
  5. What are the Side Effects ?
  6. Is this medicine addictive?
  7. What happens if it over-applied and how to manage? ?
  8. What to do in case there is an allergic reaction with it? ?
  9. How to use ?
  10. What are the precautions I need to take ?
  11. Is it safe to use If I am pregnant ?
  12. Is it safe to use if I am breast feeding ?
  13. Can this medicine be used for Children and Infants ?
  14. Is Skinlite Cream available as over the counter (OTC) product?
  15. Frequently asked questions
  16. Reference


Skinlite cream for fairness, is it safe ? side effects

Skinlite cream for fairness, is it safe ? side effects

What are the Generic Name(s)

Main ingredients of SkinLite Cream are

  • 2% Hydroquinone[1]
  • 0.025% Tretinoin[2]
  • 0.1% Mometasone Furoate[3]

How does it work ?

The Mechanism of action of the individual ingredients of Skinlite cream are listed below:

Hydroquinone is a skin-bleaching agent, it works by inhibiting an enzyme[4] reaction. It is widely used in skin whitening products to reduce the color of skin. Over-the-counter hydroquinone products can contain 0.5% to 2% concentrations, with 2% being the most effective OTC amount

Tretinoin belongs to a class of drugs called retinoic acid[5] and it is a form of Vitamin A that helps skin renew itself, it is commonly used topically to treat acne vulgaris[6].

Mometasone furoate is a glucocorticosteroid[7] used topically to reduce inflammation of the skin or in the airways, Mometasone and other corticosteroids circulate easily in the blood, crossing cellular membranes and binding with cytoplasmic receptors, resulting in the transcription and synthesis of protein[8].

It also liberates hydrolace acids of leukocytes and thus resulting in decreased inflammation.

It interferes with adhesion of lekocytes to capillary walls,the reduction of the permeability of the capillary membranes and consequently edema.

What are it’s uses ?

age spots

age spots

The claimed uses of Skinlite cream are Skin lightening and reduction of ageing spots, sun spots, dark patches & freckles[9].

How effective is this medicine ?

There are no studies conducted to prove the effectiveness or efficacy of skinlite cream for skin lightening and anti-ageing , but the claimed individual ingredients can be quite effective in pigmentation[10] 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 ?

Though the side effects due to interactions of the individual ingredients of skinlite cream are not known, below are the side effects of the individual ingredients:

Hydroquinone : Some of the side effects of hydroquinone include Mild skin irritation, burning, erythema & stinging. Hydroquinone has been linked to ochronosis (skin darkening and disfiguration).This product has a weaker formula i.e., 2% compared to 4% in the prescription creams like Lustra, Tri-Luma, and EpiQuin Micro, so it is relatively safe when used for short duration.

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. 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.

Tretinoin: Some of the side effects of Tretinoin are skin redness, itching , scaling and mild burning. Initially when you start applying Tretinoin on your skin, it will worsen the acne in first 2 – 4 weeks, this will taper with continued usage. As Tretinoin will make your skin dry, it is suggested that you use a good moisturiser in the day time.

Mometasone furoate : Some of the side effects of Mometasone furoate include, burning, itching and stinging, but these generally last for a short time.

If any of these side effects persist longer, consult a dermatologist immediately.

Is Skinlite Cream addictive?

Habit forming tendencies for this medicine has not been reported. Most medicines don’t come with a potential for addiction. Government  also categorizes medicines that can be addictive as controlled substances. Finally,  do not self-medicate and increase your body’s dependence to medicines without taking the advice of a doctor.

What happens if Skinlite Cream over-applied and how to manage?

It is not recommended to use more than the prescribed dose. Taking more than the prescribed dose will not improve your symptoms,  it may cause serious side-effects. If you suspect that you or anyone else who may have overdose, please go to the emergency department of the closest hospital. Do not give your used medicines to others. Please consult your physician or pharmacist or product package for more information.

 What to do in case there is an allergic reaction with Skinlite Cream?

Some of the side effects of this medicine are skin irritation, rashes, and Inflammation.If you observe any of the above side effects, gently clean the affected area with cold  water and  have a cold compress on the affected area.  Consult your doctor as soon as possible and take necessary remedies.

How to use ?

Here are 2 different suggested ways to use skinlite cream that one may follow:

  1. The cream should be applied nightly and a good sunscreen should be applied in the following morning and this routine may be followed up to three weeks.
  2. Apply the cream twice a day on the age spots and freckles for the first two weeks , followed by nightly application for next few weeks and then decrease the frequency to once a week.

What are the precautions I need to take ?

Following precautions should be administered while using this medicine:

  • As skinlite cream contains hydroquinone, this cream is not suitable for long term treatment of your skin
  • Consult a dermatologist to check if you can use this cream
  • 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 this cream if you are allergic to Hydroquinone, Tretinoin, Mometasone Furoate or any of their excipients.

Is it safe to use If I am pregnant ?

For topical application this medicine is relatively safe to use during pregnancy, but should be used only if clearly needed.

Consult a doctor to know if this cream is safe for you.

Is it safe to use if I am breast feeding ?

This medicine is relatively safe to use while breast feeding , but should not be applied any where near breast. Make sure the baby doesn’t come in to contact with the cream and use this medicine only when clearly needed.

Consult a doctor to know if this cream is safe for you.

Can this medicine be used for Children and Infants ?

This medicine should not be used for Children and infants and should be kept out of their reach.

skin lite cream

skin lite cream

Is Skinlite Cream available as over the counter (OTC) product?

Yes, this medicine is available as an over the counter product, but it is suggested that you consult a dermatologist to know if you can use this medicine on your skin.

Frequently asked questions

What to do if there is a direct contact of the cream with eyes?

In case of direct contact with eyes, immediately wash the eyes with water and contact a doctor as soon as possible.

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