What is Hydroquinone 3% USP Skin Lightening Cream Cutihyde®
Cutihyde® Cream decreases the formation of melanin in the skin. Melanin is the pigment in skin that gives it a brown color. Cutihyde topical (for the skin) cream is used to lighten areas of darkened skin such as freckles, age spots, melasma (sun damage), or chloasma (darkened skin caused by hormonal changes).
Cutihyde Hydroquinone 3% topical solution is indicated for the gradual bleaching of hyperpigmented skin conditions such as chloasma, melasma, freckles, senile lentigines and other undesired areas of melanin hyperpigmentation.
Cutihyde Hydroquinone 3 skin cream is used to lighten the dark patches of skin (also called hyperpigmentation, melasma, “liver spots,” “age spots,” freckles) caused by pregnancy, birth control pills, hormone medicine, or injury to the skin. This product also contains sunscreens to help prevent spots from returning due to sunlight or ultraviolet light exposure. This medicine works by blocking the process in the skin that leads to discoloration.
Precautions: do not use if pregnant, breastfeeding or want to impregnate. Contraindicated in case of hypersensitivity, allergy or intolerance to Hydroquinone skincare cream. Exposure to direct sunlight, sunlamps or UV light should be extremely avoided after application, for the best possible results should be used in combination with total sun avoidance program. To be applied at night time only.
This topical medicine is for external use only. Use it in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor/dermatologist. Check the label for directions before use. Clean and dry the affected area and apply the cream. Wash your hands after applying, unless hands are the affected area.
The above-mentioned brief is for information purpose. Actual use should be done after proper medical/dermatological consultation only.
Brand Names: Alphaquin HP, Creamnuquin HP, Nuquin HP, Melpaque HP, Melquin HP, Eldoquin, etc.
How should you use Hydroquinone 3% Skincare Cream
- Use Cutihyde cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Before using Cutihyde cream for the first time, apply a small amount to an unbroken patch of skin and check-in 24 hours for itching, blistering, or excessive redness or irritation. If these effects develop, contact your doctor as soon as possible and do not use Cutihyde cream on other areas.
- Wash and completely dry the affected areas. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed. Wash your hands immediately after using Cutihyde cream, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
- If you miss a dose of Cutihyde cream, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
- Ask yours doctor any questions you may have about how to use Cutihyde cream.
Hydroquinone 3% USP Skin Lightening Cream Side Effects
Mild burning, stinging, redness, and dryness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor promptly.
If your doctor has prescribed this medication, remember that he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Stop using Cutihyde and tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: blistering, skin cracking, blue-black darkening of the skin.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor.
Hydroquinone 3% USP Cream Contraindications
Before using Cutihyde topical, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have liver or kidney disease.
Do not use Cutihyde topical on skin that is sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated, or on an open wound. It could make these conditions worse. Wait until these conditions have healed before applying Cutihyde topical.
Avoid getting this medication in your mouth or eyes. If it does get into any of these areas, rinse with water.
Avoid using skin products that can cause irritation, such as harsh soaps, shampoos, or skin cleansers, hair coloring or permanent chemicals, hair removers or waxes, or skin products with alcohol, spices, astringents, or lime. Do not use other medicated skin products unless your doctor has told you to.
Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays (sunlamps or tanning beds). Cutihyde topical can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn may result. Use a sunscreen (minimum SPF 50) and wear protective clothing if you must be out in the sun.
Never use Hydroquinone 3% USP Cream during pregnancy, breastfeeding or want to impregnate.