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Skin Lightening Complex Side Effects

Generic name: hydroquinone topical

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 21, 2021.

Note: This document contains side effect information about hydroquinone topical. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Skin Lightening Complex.

For the Consumer

Applies to hydroquinone topical: topical combination cream, topical cream gel emulsion or solution

Side effects include:

Mild skin irritation and sensitization (e.g., burning, erythema, stinging).

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to hydroquinone topical: compounding powder, topical cream, topical emulsion, topical gel, topical solution


Frequency not reported: Dryness and fissuring of paranasal and infraorbital areas, erythema, stinging, localized contact dermatitis[Ref]

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1. "Product Information. Hydroquinone (hydroquinone topical)." Par Pharmaceutical Inc, Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.