Few topical creams, especially the ones used for hyperpigmentary disorders and contact dermatitis which are available at most of the medical stores with or without a prescription, are most popular and are misused by dark skinned individuals for fairness.
Most creams sold in the market for hyperpigmentary disorders, contain cocktail of compounds like steroids, hydroquinone, and tretinoin; the long term use of which can lead to dangerous health concerns especially when used by a normal individual.
Side effects may include:
How to prevent abuse?
Dr.S.Nagakeerthana is a consultant dermatologist and dermatosurgeon.