An unusual reaction to skin-lightening cream

USE of skin-lightening creams can have potentially harmful consequences, physicians warn in reporting a case of hypoadrenalism in a Sudanese woman in Sydney.

The 24-year-old woman was referred for investigation of fertility problems and found to have low serum cortisol.

The doctors noted that, although she had a dark complexion, her face was a lighter shade and she disclosed the use of two over-the-counter creams bought at a suburban store selling African goods.

The creams contained fluocinonide 0.075% and hydrocortisone acetate 1% and were used for many years, the report says.

The doctors say that

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