Dermovate is a medication that contains the active ingredient clobetasol propionate. Clobetasol Propionate is a very potent kind of topical corticosteroid, which can be used alongside moisturizers and other treatments for treating inflammatory skin conditions. More information

A doctor will review your order and write you a prescription, if appropriate. This prescription is then forwarded to a pharmacy. The pharmacy will have your medicine delivered to you within one to three working days. Read more about this process here.

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Dermovate is a form of hormone preparation cream. This medication belongs to a group of drugs called topical corticosteroids. The substance can come in the form of an ointment, a cream, or a specific solution that is designed for use on the hair.  

What is Dermovate? 

Dermovate is a medication that contains the active ingredient clobetasol propionate. Clobetasol Propionate is a very potent kind of topical corticosteroid, which can be used alongside moisturizers and other treatments for treating inflammatory skin conditions.  

Topical corticosteroids like Dermovate are excellent for dealing with flare-ups of conditions like dermatitis and eczema. They help to relieve the discomfort, pain, and swelling associated with these problems. Although Dermovate will not cure any inflammatory skin conditions that you have, or prevent them from coming back, it can relieve the symptoms.  

Inflammation in the skin can happen for a number of reasons, including irritation in the skin, and an allergic reaction. Irritation can cause various substances to be released into the blood vessels, causing them to widen. As a result, the area of skin becomes itchy, swollen, painful, and red. However, when you use a medication like Dermovate on the uncomfortable skin, this prevents the release of these inflammatory substance. The swelling and redness is reduced, and you can also suffer from less scratching, which may further irritate the skin.  

Dermovate comes in numerous different formats, including a cream for moist and weeping patches of skin, and an ointment that is intended for scaly and dry areas of skin.  

When is Dermovate used? 

Dermovate can be prescribed by a consultant or a professional skin doctor for a range of different reasons. Some specialists will also provide Dermovate for the short-term treatment of psoriasis, although it is not usually recommended to use topical corticosteroids for this condition. In general, it is not a good idea to prescribe Dermovate to children, though short courses could be prescribed in specific circumstances.  

There are various forms of Dermovate available on the market, including a solution which contains additional substances called nystatin and neomycin. You may be given this preparation if the skin that you need to treat has become infected.  

Dermovate ointment and cream can be used for the treatment of eczema, and a skin condition called lichen Planus. In cases of lichen planus, there are patches of skin on the flesh that appear flat and shiny. The flat skin often looks purple in color. Dermovate is also prescribed for a condition called discoid lupus erythematosus, which is caused by the immune system attacking the skin.  

How do you use Dermovate? 

Dermovate ointment or cream should be applied following the instructions provided by your doctor or consultant. This medication will come with a patient leaflet that you will need to read thoroughly before you begin using the cream or ointment. In most cases, you will be required to apply the cream or ointment to the affected skin every day to see the best results.  

Do not apply Dermovate to infected or broken areas of skin unless otherwise told to do so by your specialist. Additionally, it is not recommended to use Dermovate on the face unless you are direct to do so. Take care to avoid getting the ointment or cream into your mouth, nose or eyes. If you accidentally get Dermovate into any of these areas, rinse them thoroughly with water. 

Wash your hands before you apply the cream, as well as the area that you are going to be applying the cream or ointment too. Apply a thin layer to the affected area, covering the space evenly. Do not cover the area that you are treating with any airtight dressings or bandages. Make sure that you give the cream plenty of time to soak in before you put on any clothes or take a shower.  

Wash your hands thoroughly after applying Dermovate cream or ointment, unless your hands are being treated. You will need to continue using Dermovate for as long as you have been told to do so by your consultant or doctor. Always follow the instructions given by your doctor carefully.  

What dosages are there? 

The type of Dermovate that you are given, and the amount that you need to use will be determined by your doctor or consultant, based on what they know about your condition. The usual dosage for this medication for an adult or child over the age of one is a thin layer to be applied to the affected area once or twice per day.  

You are likely to be told to take this medication sparingly to begin with, so that you can monitor your reaction to the cream. As soon as your condition begins to get better, your doctor may advise you to use Dermovate less often. Do not use Dermovate for any longer, or for a shorter time than you are recommended to do so by a medical professional or consultant.  

What are the side effects of Dermovate? 

Medications and the possible side effects associated with them can affect different people in different ways. Topical corticosteroids like Dermovate are very potent, and can be more likely to cause side effects than mild steroids. However, because this is a topical medication, it’s very unlikely that large amounts of the corticosteroid will be absorbed into your blood stream.  

If you follow the instructions given by your doctor or consultant carefully, and make sure that you do not use this medication too frequently, your risk of side effects will be reduced. Additionally, side effects are less likely if you do not use this medication on extensive areas of skin. 

To avoid the risk of side effects with Dermovate, you should make sure that you do not use it on broken areas of skin, or delicate areas like the face, unless advised otherwise. Dermovate should not be used on patches of skin that run together, like armpits. Some of the common side effects of Dermovate can happen towards the beginning of you using this medication, as your body gets used to the new substances. Possible side effects include: 

  • Skin irritation at the application site, including redness and itching; 
  • Thinning of the skin; 
  • Reduced pigmentation at application site; 
  • Stretch marks; 
  • Groupings of fine blood vessels beneath the skin; 
  • Excessive hair growth; 
  • Acne; 
  • Spread infections. 

In very rare circumstances, enough corticosteroid from Dermovate may be absorbed into your body to lead to additional side effects, such as a decrease in the production of natural hormones created by the adrenal glands. It is important to speak to your doctor if you are concerned about the side effects of Dermovate.  

Reading the leaflet that comes with Dermovate will tell you more about the possible side effects that you could face with this medication. Additionally, remember that although it is rare to experience any severe allergic reactions to Dermovate, it is possible. You should watch out for any signs of an allergic reaction, including swelling of the lips, tongue or throat, or trouble breathing. Keep an eye out for swelling at the application site too.  

When shouldn’t you use Dermovate? 

Although Dermovate is a relatively safe treatment for a lot of people, it will not be suitable for everyone who needs to get rid of skin inflammation. For instance, Dermovate should not be used with children under the age of one. You should also avoid using this medication if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a similar treatment. Make sure that your consultant knows about any other allergies that you have and ensure that you respond to any questions asked by your consultant truthfully before taking Dermovate.  

Do not use this cream on broken skin or open wounds, as this could increase your chances of side effects. Additionally, Dermovate should not be used on skin affected by viral infections, bacterial infections, fungal infections, acne, or inflammatory rashes around the mouth. Do not use this medication on nappy rash or psoriasis caused by plaque.  

Dermovate should not be used as a moisturizer, but it could be used alongside moisturizer. It should be safe to take this medication if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as long as you do not use the medication on large areas of skin.  

Does Dermovate  interact with other medications? 

Before you begin using Dermovate, make sure that your consultant is aware of any other medications that you are using, including substances that you have acquired over the counter, medications that you have been prescribed by a doctor, and herbal substances. Some medications can interact poorly when used at the same time.  

Make sure that you do not use Dermovate with any other medications that contain corticosteroids without approval from your doctor or consultant. Additionally, remember that if you are using other topical medications or moisturizers on the same area of skin where you’re applying Dermovate, then you will need to make sure that you give the medication enough time to soak in.  

If you are using a moisturizer with Dermovate, make sur that you apply it about thirty minutes before you use Dermovate. This will help to soften the skin and improve the absorption of your medication.  

Where can you buy Dermovate? 

Dermovate is available to buy online after you have had a consultation with a professional. A prescription can be sent to a local pharmacy for you to collect within 3 working days.  

Can I get Dermovate without a prescription? 

Dermovate, like other potent topical corticosteroids, should not be used without a full consultation from a professional and a prescription. You will need a consultation to use this medication.  


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Assessed by:

Dr Imran Malik, General practitioner
Registration number: GMC: 4741365

Dr Imran Malik studied undergraduate medicine at King's College University in Central London and clinical studies at the prestigious King's College Hospital. He graduated with a MBBS degree in 2000 and went on to gain postgraduate memberships with the Royal Society of Medicine and also General Practice in 2006.