How to heal your skin from deep, chemical damage due to harmful creams

Skin damage from the long-term use of steroid-based or other toxic creams (e.g. hydroquinone, monobenzone, mercury) can be distressing. They can include thin/fragile skin, hyperpigmentation, dark marks, nerve damage and changes in texture.

However, with time and patience, there are ways to reverse the damage and restore your skin to its original health.

Our organs (including the skin) are resilient, and if we give it what it needs, it can slowly heal itself.

To support skin healing from the bottom-up, the first thing you can do is clean up your diet and lifestyle as much as possible.

Change your diet to include more fruits and vegetables. Read up on the healing benefits of an alkaline diet as well as raw fruits/vegetable juices.

An alkaline diet will help to heal skin from the bottom up.

The second thing you can do is to apply healing, penetrative oils on your skin every day (such as cold-pressed castor oil, extra virgin coconut oil or olive oil).

Use deeply penetrative healing oils like castor oil or extra virgin coconut oil daily to restore skin,

Castor oil is one of the most healing oils there is. In fact, castor oil can be especially helpful in treating chemically-damaged skin as it has the ability to draw out toxins and penetrate deeply into the skin.

Read more about castor oil

Other beneficial healing oils include cold-pressed, extra virgin coconut oil (EVCO) and extra virgin olive oil (EVOO). Any oil you use should ideally be cold-pressed as it would retain more nutrients and not contain any chemical preservatives.

However, for this to work, patience really is key. It could take several months to a year of daily applications of oil to get results. 

As appealing as they are (and I definitely understand this feeling), quick fixes are unlikely to restore your skin. And any results you get from a ‘quick fix’ will likely prove disappointing or be temporary at best.

In the case of deeply damaged skin, I believe slow and steady really does win the race. It might help to know that the damage was done over a long period of time, so healing will also take time.

121 Replies to “How to heal your skin from deep, chemical damage due to harmful creams”

  1. Hi
    I had used a steriod skin lightening cream given by a skincentre for about two years .skin had become very thin ,red patchy . Its been a year. Since i stopped it . Now my skin texture is highly damaged but skin is slowly healing i feel . Will take time though . Anything natural to hasten healing . Did anyone experience inflated skin . Earlier i had full cheeks now skin feels flat . Wish it gets back its youthful plumpness .its horrific what a simple cream could do to my face .

  2. I used a steroid for couple of month and I had huge results in skin whitening but I was also facing acne problem which I never had before. so I stop using that steroid but I’m still facing acne problems. what can I do to get rid of this acne’s???

    1. Hi am Rika Hilda from Cameroon you consume lots fruits and vegetables, oil your skine with baby lotions, castor oil, virgin coconut oil and olive oil it will help u a lot

  3. I had been using skin lightening cream for a while , it made good result in skin whitening but… when i stopped it my skin turns too dark than my earlier colour when i wasnt using it.. what do i do now i cant go out to the sun.. my skin feels like burning.. .. it just become.. so thin.. what do i do.. 😕😔😔😔

  4. I’ve been using betasol for abt 4 years now but I stoped 3mnths Back but my skin doesn’t seem to go back to normal help me what can I use?

  5. I want to stop the steroid cream I am using, pls what cream can I use to make my skin go back to the former colour it was,as soon as possible. Thanks

  6. Guys i have been using hydroquinone 2% for years everynight now my skin is damaged its been two years i stopped using it my skin healed a bit i’m crying everyday for my mistake please help how to get back my skin back

  7. I used lemon and turmeric on my pigmented area on face. Day before this i used goree cream which i used for the 1st time for pigmentation on night. my pigmented area become darker n my skin is luking like burnt . Its luking so weird i am so depressed by this please suggest me What should i do to recover . 🙏

    1. Hi puja, I’m sorry to hear about this. You probably didn’t realise it, but Goree contains mercury. The best thing to do is throw it away.

      You could try a deep healing oil on your skin for a few months and see if that can help fade the hyperpigmentation. This is not a quick fix so patience is needed.

      Good luck.


  8. please help me,I started using carotone spot corrector and skineal for 1year now,
    but my skin keeps getting worst though it lighten my skin o ,but d spot on my face n pimples start increasing for over two month now am so ashamed of my face right now,am looking so rough n my face look so so spoiled with pimples and spot ,big n mighty ones please help me

    1. Hello, those complaining about acne and pimples can try mixing 1 tsp of cinnamon powder, a drop of castor oil and 2 tsps of honey. Mix thoroughly and apply on your face for about 30 mins then wash off with cold water. Do this about 2-3 times in a week. Do make sure to apply any of the oils mentioned in the article above after washing your face to moisturize.

  9. Hi I have been using some lightening cream on my body for like three to six months now. Redness on my nose appears mostly in the evening whichseems not to be seen in the morning. And far darkness which is not easily noticeable on my chicks just below the eyes… I stoped using the creme like a month a go… What do I do for faster healing please help

  10. please help me I have been using funbat A on my face for years now and I stopped using it for about two weeks now since then I have been having itching and rashes on my face. please help me. what can I use to stop the itching and rashes.
    my email address is

  11. Please mi good friends, I ve been bleaching mi skin for almost one year bt now i tried to quit bt now mi skin has got black spots nd am realy feeling bad. What should i use to retain back mi normal skin in a short period. Thanx

    1. buy ponds normal to oily skin apply in da morning and buy tissue oil from pep apply it at night I promise u results are amazing I also had da same problem after using lighting cream

  12. I also used GOREE CREAM sometime in April this year, and after a month of using it my face complexion lightened and it was really smooth. Others started to noticed the great difference.

    But as I started to experience a burning like sensation I stopped using it. That’s the time my nightmare begins. Pimples (huge and dark seems like burned), black heads and white heads started to surfaced on my skin which really depressing.

  13. I am just finding this site and realised the real reason for the bad breakouts I have been having. I wish I knew all these would have rejected the tube cream my friend made me to use now I have bad rashes, itching and pimples. Will just use shea butter at night till I get my real skin back no matter how long it takes.

  14. Hi I Am A Black 16 Year Old Teenager and I Was Introduced To A Bleaching Cream Called Extra Claire By A Friend When I Was 15. I Used It For Quite A While And I Became Lighter From A Darker Complexion. So I Stopped Now And I Am Starting To Get Very Dark And Its Not Good, What Do I Do Pls Help Me.

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