Ajanta’s Melacare Cream is a topical cream found in Kenya that contains 3 active ingredients namely Tretinoin 0.025% w/w, Hydroquinone 2% w/w, and Mometasone Furoate 0.1% w/w. It is indicated for gradual bleaching of hyper pigmented skin condition such as melasma, freckles, senile lentigines and other unwanted areas of melanin hyper pigmentation. Melacare is the first demelanizing agent in Kenya containing Mometasone based on Klingman & Willis formula. It is usually recommended for 8 weeks but clears Melasma in a record period of 4 weeks.

(ePharmacy will not be responsible for any side effects that might be brought about by the usage of this cream. Kindly read the instructions before using of seek further guidance from a qualified Dermatologist before commencing the usage of this cream)

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What is Melacare cream?

Melacare cream in Kenya is a topical cream which has three active ingredients. It is mainly applied to heal redness, itchiness, and swelling caused by dermatitis and as well other different skin conditions that cause the skin to have uneven tone.

One of the active ingredients is hydroquinone. It’s a bleaching agent and its role is to alleviate dark patches of skin via inhibiting the process in the skin that results in discoloration. The second active ingredient is mometasone (a corticosteroid) which attenuates inflammation and swelling. The third active ingredient is tretinoin i.e. a retinoid. This compound helps attenuate emergence of fine wrinkles, furthermore is also occasionally used to treat acne.

How should I use Melacare cream?

Melacare creamMelacare Cream is usually applied directly to the skin. Usually your physician will recommend using it only once a day or after every 48hrs depending on how seriously or severe your skin condition is. Generally, one should apply a thin layer of cream onto the skin, followed by rubbing it on softly. It is vital NOT to apply Melacare cream for long-lasting periods since it may result in cutaneous ochronosis – which is permanent! Therefore only apply the cream as prescribed by your doctor or pharmacist.

As well, apply the cream only at bedtime before you go to sleep, and wash it off in the morning. This is because the Hydroquinone in Melacare cream has undergoes strong reactions when exposed to the sun. If one is exposed to the sun while having the cream on, it will thus result in photo-allergic reactions. This will result in darkening of the skin hence a reverse result of what is expected. Thus, it’s advised to apply sunscreen cream if you plan on going outdoors.  Failure to do this will result in considerable harm to your skin because it will darken further instead of lightening.

In the event that you get skin irritation from using the cream in Kenya, then it’s recommended to stop using it for at least a month. In between, one can resort to homemade natural products or conventional skin care methods with sunscreens. Also it’s good to consume a lot of fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water and other fluids. All this will help your skin heal and revert to its full health with time prior to resume using Melacare cream.

What are the side effects of Melacare cream?

Like all other cream products, side effects are expected, but Melacare has more of those and that is why it is recommended only for those who actually need it. Some of the side effects of Melacare cream include the following:

  • Burning sensation
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Skin irritation
  • Skin thinning
  • Further Irreversible Skin Lighting

Consult your dermatologist or pharmacist immediately in case you encounter any of the above side effects or other worrisome occurrences.

Further advice

Before commencing full application of this cream on your face, you should apply just a small portion of this to a different part of your body and observe the results. If you experience any irritation, then this cream isn’t meant for you. Strictly adhere to all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Melacare cream in Kenya. Don‚Äôt compare usage with other people since optimal and safe prescribed dose can fluctuate from person to person from the condition being treated.

Since Melacare cream can be dangerous for certain patients, it is crucial you always notify your physician or pharmacist if you are either:

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding,
  • Have any allergies
  • Have special ongoing medical condition
  • Taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.

In case you have any allergic reaction to the product, seek medical emergency right away. Some of the common signs of allergic reactions include chest pains, hives, skin rashes, swelling, trouble breathing or swallowing, etc.

DO NOT USE IF: Expecting to become pregnant, already pregnant of breastfeeding. The component Tretinoin poses a serious danger to the fetus and can cause multiple deformities to the fetus.


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