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Can I use Brite cream to whiten the face? Any side effects?

Hi All, I am male, 27 years old. I have normal color (not so dark). So can I use BRITE cream from WALLACE company to get fairer face. 1. Can it be used on face? 2. Can it be used by men? 3. Will it cause any side effects in future? 4. What precautions do we need to take while using it. Please clarify the above points.
Asked On : Sun, 19 Aug 2012
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Thanks for posting your query
You said that you are not very dark. My suggestion is only to apply a good sun screen half an our before you go out. That will keep your skin texture intact and will prevent from sun tan and darkening.
Creams like Brite contains hydroquinone and has only bleaching effect. It is like going to a parlor. It is not a permanent remedy and you may have to apply continuoulsly. It definitely produces side effects in the long run especially reddening of face and the steroid will produce increased facial hair under the eyes. Retinoic acid produces burning sensation when you go out in sun light.
As no medication can change the texture permanently and without side effects it is better to accept our own color and be with it.
have a nice day
pvs prasad
Answered: Mon, 20 Aug 2012
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Dentist Dr. Bibhu Dutt Nanda's  Response
hello and welcome to hcm forum,
according to your query, i would like you to know that BRITE cream is not a cosmetic product, and it cannot be used to lighten your skin tone, as it acts only on hyperpigmented skin conditions.
it has whitening properties but you will won't give you enough results,
also, it has few side effects lie skin irritation on exposure to sun light, it may cause pigmentation patches also, therefore avoid it.
Instead ,you can use kojic acid(2%) creams, they are safer , apply them after washing you face twice/day.
Remember to use a sunscreen everyday(atleast 30 spf).
i hope i answered your query,
i wish you good health.
Answered: Mon, 20 Aug 2012
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Dermatologist Dr. Sanjay Kumar Kanodia's  Response
Dec 2013
Welcome to HCM forum.
There are innumerable methods of getting fair and in India everybody wants to get fair. What one needs is the simplest and safest method for the same as many of these can have serious side effects. Regarding Brite cream it contains Only Hydroquinone in it and does not contain steroid or Retinoic acid in it. So the question of side effects ( of hair growth etc.) of steroid or Retinoic acid is out.

Now regarding particularly about Hydroquinone its main effect is definitely bleaching effect. It can be used both by men and women on face. Regarding the safety issues as with any other medicated cream if you use in higher amount will be producing redness and so is also true with this cream also. So it is always better to use this/any cream under strict medical supervision.

Currently, the short answer seems to be that it depends on how you use it. To minimize any potential side effects, never use hydroquinone creams in different ways than recommended by your Dermatologist or the manufacturer (such as ingesting or over-application of the cream). Despite the controversy over hydroquinone’s safety, there have apparently been no reports of anyone developing serious side effects from hydroquinone—in over 50 years of cosmetic use as a skin whitener as stated by USFDA .

The link below will help you out more if you want(National Toxicology Program. U.S. Food & Drug Administration: Nomination Profile: Hydroquinone. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. [Online] May 21, 2009.

With best health wishes,

Dr. Sanjay Kanodia
Answered: Wed, 3 Apr 2013
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