Hydroquinone Sunscreen Side Effects
What should I watch for?
Contact your doctor or health care professional if your condition does not improve in the first two months or if you experience too much skin irritation.
This medicine will work best if you avoid excessive exposure to sunlight and wear sunscreens and protective clothing. Some hydroquinone products contain sunscreens. Use a sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher). Do not use sun lamps or sun tanning beds or booths. Do not apply to sunburned areas or if you have a skin wound in the area of application.
Most cosmetics, sunscreens, and moisturizing lotions may be worn over this medicine. Wait several minutes after application of this medicine before applying them.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
burning, itching, or stinging of the skin
early appearance of redness or swelling of the skin
late appearance of rash with or without weeping blisters that become crusted, especially in sun-exposed areas, and may extend to unexposed areas of the skin
pain in hairy areas
pus in the hair follicles
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Drying or tightening of the skin
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.