Manufactured by Future Dermacare Pvt. Ltd., FD lite is a topical skin ointment that is primarily used in the treatment of hyperpigmentation and dark patches on the skin, a condition popularly referred to as melasma in dermatology.
Composition and Nature of FD Lite Cream:
FD lite skin treatment cream constitutes of the below mentioned active ingredients (salts) that work together to help with substantial reduction of dark spots or patches:
- 2 percent of Hydroquinone Topical Acid.
- 0.1 percent of Mometasone Topical.
- 0.025 percent of Tretinoin Topical.
Uses of FD Lite Cream:
FD lite skin ointment is predominantly used in the topical treatment of the below mentioned conditions of the skin:
- Melasma – dark patches on the skin caused by hormonal imbalance, birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy in women, sun tanning, and moderate to severe burns, skin trauma, pregnancy, and other such factors.
- Hyperpigmentation – as the term suggests, “Hyper” means excess and “pigmentation” refers to the darkening of the skin due to the production of excessive melanin by the body beyond its natural color. Some of the common cases of this condition are acne marks, eczema, mild burns, freckles, dark circles, sun tan etc.
Side Effects of FD Lite Cream:
While FD Lite Cream is a relatively safe and widely prescribed treatment option for melasma by dermatologists, there are chances some patients may experience some common, though harmless side effects from its application, which can be easily managed by your dermatologist.
Below are some of the most commonly reported side effects of FD Lite Cream:
- Burning sensation of skin immediately post application.
- Skin irritation.
- Redness of the areas being treated.
- Itching of skin.
- Excessive dryness of skin.
- Skin thinning.
- Contact dermatitis
- Some patients may experience a bout of acne breakouts while being treated with this ointment.
Most of these side effects are reactive and usually subside gradually with continued use of the product as the skin gets adapted to it. Hence, it is recommended to not stop the treatment mid-way unless suggested by the doctor. Alternatively, your dermatologist may ask you to discontinue the use of the cream for a short while until the side effects subside before resuming treatment.
Some of the more serious but very rare side effects of this ointment could be:
- Skin cracking.
- Blistering of the skin.
- Blackish blue darkening of the treated skin.
It is strongly recommended that the patient stops application of FD Lite Cream right away on spotting these side effects and immediately report the same to a dermatologist.
FD Lite Cream Dosage:
Mentioned below is the correct method of application of this ointment:
- Please note this ointment is only meant for external use on the surface of the skin.
- To ensure best results, use FD lite skin cream two times a day, in the morning and night or in the exact dose and for the duration prescribed by a dermatologist.
- Always check the label or the instructions leaflet inside for directions before initiating treatment.
- Wash your hands and face thoroughly with a mild cleanser and gently pat dry the skin before applying the ointment.
- Unless your hands are to be treated, always wash your hands with soap after application of the cream, especially before eating.
How FD Lite Cream Works?
As discussed above, FD lite skin cream is a combination of three active components that work together in the treatment as well as prevention of melasma and hyperpigmentation.
Explained below is the mode of action of each of these active ingredients:
- Hydroquinone Acid Topical – This is a skin lightening/bleaching agent that belongs to a category of medications popularly called as melanin synthesis inhibitors. It works by minimizing the buildup of melanin, the skin pigment responsible for its color, which in excess causes darkening of the skin.
- Mometasone Topical – This is an anti-allergic component. It is a topical steroid (anti-inflammatory) that blocks the fabrication of chemical messengers (prostaglandins) responsible for swelling, redness and itchiness of the skin.
- Tretinoin Topical – This is a form of vitamin A which is widely used in various anti-aging topical treatments. It works by speeding up the process of skin renewal by accelerating its collagen formation and managing the production of sebum (oils naturally produced by the skin glands) that cause acne.
Precautions and Warnings Related To FD Lite Cream:
While using FD lite skin cream, it is important to take into account the warnings mentioned below and accordingly take precautions:
- Pregnancy – Use of FD Lite Cream during pregnancy could cause interactions and lead to severe side effects. Even though there isn’t enough data available from studies on humans, animal studies have proved this medicine could be harmful for the health of the fetus. Hence, it is best to consult your gynecologist who will weigh the benefits and the possible risks associated with its usage and make an informed decision.
- Lactation – Human studies, though limited, have concluded FD Lite Cream to be safe for use in nursing mothers as it does not pose any significant risks to the infant. However, utmost care should be taken to ensure that the medicine does not come in direct contact with the baby’s skin. Water soluble cream or gel should be the preferred option.
- Kidney and Liver ailments – This cream is safe for use in patients with kidney or Liver diseases as there isn’t much data to suggest otherwise. Though, it is best to consult your doctor.
- Sun sensitivity – It is very important to regularly use a sunscreen while being treated with this medicine as it is likely to make your skin more sensitive to UV rays.
Substitutes of FD Lite Cream:
The below mentioned creams can be used as a substitute for FD lite:
- Melarv Cream by Narvs Pharma.
- Glowtan Cream by Kivi Labs Ltd.
- Melasol Cream by Sol Derma Pharmaceuticals
- New Eukroma Plus by Yash Pharma Laboratories
- Kligmel by Wockhardt.
FD Lite Cream Interactions:
There are no known drug interactions of FD lite skin cream.
1) Is FD Lite Cream effective on dark skin tones?
Ans: Yes, though darker skin tones may take longer to show results.
2) Are the components of FD Lite Cream certified and safe?
Ans: Yes. They are FDA approved and the authorized percentages of these components are safe for use under a doctor’s supervision.
3) Will the melasma recur after the treatment is stopped?
Ans: Yes, it is likely to happen on recurrence of causes that cause the melasma.