What is imiquimod cream?
Imiquidmod cream is a topical treatment that is used on superficial basal cell carcinomas and certain types of actinic keratoses (AKs) on the trunk, neck, arms, hands, legs and feet. At Dermatology & Skin Health, we prescribe Aldara (a brand of imiquimod cream) to our patients. To find out if this topical cream can help you, please request an appointment online.
How should this cream be used?
For actinic keratosis treatments:
- Apply this cream once a day for 2 days a week, and 3-4 days apart. For example, Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and Friday.
- Do not apply this cream to an area larger than your cheek or forehead (2 inches by 2 inches).
- The cream should be left on the skin for approximately 8 hours.
- Continue to use imiquimod cream for a full 16 weeks, even if all of the AKs are gone.
For superficial basal cell carcinoma treatments:
- Apply this cream once a day for 5 days a week. For example, Monday-Friday.
- Apply the cream to the basal cell carcinoma and the immediate surrounding area.
- Imiquimod cream should be left on the skin for approximately 8 hours.
- Continue to use this cream for a full 6 weeks, even if the superficial basal cell carcinoma appears to be gone.
To use the cream, follow these steps:
- Wash your hands.
- Thoroughly wash the area that you’re treating with mild soap and water, and allow it to dry.
- Apply a thin layer of cream just before going to sleep.
- Rub the cream into your skin until it disappears.
- Wash your hands.
- Leave the cream on the treated area for the amount of time that you’ve been instructed. Do not bathe, shower or swim during this time.
- After the treatment time is over, wash the area with mild soap and water to remove any cream.
Use as directed and always follow the directions on the label very carefully. If you have any questions or concerns about this cream, please give us a call at (603) 742-5556 (Dover & Newington, NH) or (978) 525-0100 (Peabody, MA).