Barmicil Plus: Uses, Side Effects, How to Use It

Barmicil Plus is an anti-Itch cream containing hydrocortisone 1% with Aloe Vera. An itch is really any uncomfortable sensation on the skin that causes a desire to scratch. A more medical term for an itch is pruritus. The average person is estimated to scratch an itch over 90 times a day.

Hydrocortisone is a steroid (corticosteroid) medicine. It works by calming down your body’s immune response to reduce pain, itching and swelling (inflammation). Aloe vera, the other ingredient in Barmicil Plus cream is known for its skin healing properties, it can help treat various skin conditions, including acne, eczema, and sunburn.

Is Barmicil Plus cream Safe?

Historically, there’s been some back-and-forth on the safety of hydroquinone. In 1982, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recognized the ingredient as safe and effective. Several years later, concerns about safety prompted retailers to pull hydroquinone from the market. The FDA went on to discover that many of the products in question contained contaminants like mercury. They established that these contaminants were behind reports of adverse effects.

Since then, the FDA has confirmed that hydroquinone can be safely sold over the counter (OTC) in 2 percent concentrations.

How to Use Barmicil Plus

  • adults and children 2 years and over: apply to affected area not more than 3 to 4 times daily
  • children under 2 years: ask a doctor

For external anal itching in adults: when practical, cleanse the affected area with mild soap and warm water and rinse thoroughly, or by patting or blotting with an appropriate cleansing pad. Gently dry by patting or blotting with toilet tissue or a soft cloth before applying.

For external anal itching in children under 12 years: ask a doctor

What are the possible side effects of Barmicil Plus cream?

To date, hydroquinone is deemed safe in the United States. There isn’t any clinical evidence currently to suggest that hydroquinone is harmful to humans.

However, minor side effects are still possible. It may cause a temporary uptick in redness or dryness at first, especially if you have sensitive skin. These effects should fade as your skin becomes used to the product.

In rare cases, hydroquinone based cream like Barmicil Plus cream has caused a condition called ochronosis. It’s marked by papules and bluish-black pigmentation. This can occur after prolonged daily use. As such, you shouldn’t use products with this ingredient for more than five months at a time.

Some users may experience slight burning. However, if you experience a rash or hives, you could have a sensitivity to the gel and should stop using it immediately. Don’t use aloe vera gel on infected skin.

Inactive ingredient in Barmicil Plus

Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, cetearyl alcohol, glycerin, methylparaben, mineral oil, propylparaben, purified water, sodium cetearyl sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, white petrolatum, white wax.


Dr. Oche Otorkpa PG Cert, MPH, PhD

Dr. Oche is a seasoned Public Health specialist who holds a post graduate certificate in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, an MPH, and a PhD both from Texila American University. He is a member of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK. He authored two books: "The Unseen Terrorist," published by AuthorHouse UK, and "The Night Before I Killed Addiction."
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