This is a corticosteroid that suppresses inflammation.

Hydrocortisone steroid cream is available from pharmacies in the UK to treat various skin conditions. It works by suppressing inflammation and can help with eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. Hydrocortisone cream is also sometimes added to melasma and hair loss treatments.

Benefits in Skincare

The main way Hydrocortisone steroid cream works is by mimicking the effects of cortisol. This reduces inflammation and dampens the immune system’s response. When used appropriately, it can help to alleviate irritation. When used appropriately, Hydrocortisone cream may have several benefits for the skin including:

  • Reduces redness, pain and swelling due to inflammation
  • Relieves itching
  • Helps fade some types of hyperpigmentation
  • Soothes irritated skin
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Treatments with Hydrocortisone Steroid Cream

Topical Hydrocortisone cream can be helpful with some skin and scalp conditions. Occasionally, we add it to some of our personalised skin and hair treatments for a limited period. These are some of the treatments we may use it in:

  • Acne+ Treatment
  • Hyperpigmentation+ Treatment
  • Melasma+ Treatment
  • Hair Loss Treatments
  • Allergic Reactions

Where to Get Hydrocortisone Steroid Cream Treatments in the UK

Hydrocortisone steroid cream is available in both over-the-counter and prescription formulations in the UK. In general, over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams typically contain 1% hydrocortisone or less. Stronger concentrations are available by prescription. All our treatments skin and hair loss treatments are personalised to each patient and base these on their health, concerns and goals. We sometimes add hydrocortisone steroid to a personalised treatment cream or serum where we think it is appropriate and safe for the patient. Whether we use it, the strength and duration depends on the patient’s skin condition, medical history and what other active ingredients we use in their treatment.

To get your bespoke skin or hair loss treatment, you will need to complete the online consultation form or book a virtual video consultation with one of our doctors first. They will design a treatment that they think will best serve your needs but will take into account any wishes or preferences you’ve expressed as much as possible. Moving forward, your doctor will also provide you with ongoing follow-up. You will have access to your doctor by email at any time as part of your treatment journey.



    Our expert doctor will design a bespoke treatment program for you to follow. The cost of the consultation will be deducted from any skincare purchase.


    This is a 3 month supply of treatment. The cost depends on the type so please visit our treatment pages for full break down. Your doctor will create a personalised treatment taking into account your health, skin concerns, goals and wishes.


    This is a 3 month supply of treatment (100ml).

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Duration of effect
3-4 Months

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Important Information

Hydrocortisone cream can be effective for treating various inflammatory skin conditions. However, it is important to be aware of potential risks, side effects and contraindications associated with its use. Whilst available over the counter in lower strengths, it is best to seek the advice of your doctor or a pharmacist before use to ensure that is appropriate for your needs.

Safety and Side Effects

Hydrocortisone steroid cream is generally considered safe for short-term use. However, prolonged use can lead to side effects such as skin thinning, increased susceptibility to infections and potential systemic absorption leading to hormonal imbalances. Common side effects include dryness, irritation and burning at the application site. If you experience severe allergic reactions, side effects or mild ones that persist, discontinue use and seek medical help.

Combining Hydrocortisone with Other Ingredients

Hydrocortisone can be combined with other skin or hair ingredients. However, it’s important to avoid combining hydrocortisone with other strong corticosteroids or medications unless directed by a doctor.


While Hydrocortisone is safe for many individuals more caution should be exercised in the following cases:

  • Skin Infections: Do not use hydrocortisone on infected skin without medical advice, as it can worsen infections.
  • Allergies: Individuals with known allergies or hypersensitivity to hydrocortisone or any of its components should avoid using products containing this ingredient.
  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Consult with a healthcare provider before using hydrocortisone during pregnancy or breastfeeding to ensure it is appropriate for your specific situation.

Storage and Shelf Life

Store hydrocortisone cream in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and heat. Always check the expiration date on the product packaging and discard any medication that has changed in appearance or smell.

Frequently asked questions

I'm afraid we can't do this. Your doctor will only create a treatment they feel are safe and appropriate for you. Whilst we encourage all our patients to express their wishes and concerns when we design their treatment, we will only be able to accommodate these as long as we feel it is medically safe and beneficial to do so. In the case of Hydrocortisone, we only use it to support other ingredients as we don't feel it is enough to treat most of the concerns we address. We also only use it for limited periods to avoid side effects.

All our treatments are compound formulas made individually for each patient and should to be used over 3 months from when they're dispensed. Its important to use exactly as directed in your treatment plan.

we only offer our treatments after a consultation with a doctor. This ensures that the treatment is safe for you to use and that it meets your treatment goals. Your doctor will also be able to answer any questions you have and provide you with a personalised treatment plan so you get the most out of your treatment and avoid irritation or side-effects.

Yes. We provide two ways to access our doctors. You can either fill in an online consultation form or book an online video appointment. Please feel free to choose the option that is most convenient for you. Regardless of which consultation type you choose, you will have a single dedicated doctor throughout your treatment journey. They will create a personalised treatment protocol for your and provide ongoing aftercare and advice.

You will have direct access to your doctor by email so you can ask questions, get advice and let them know if you have any problems.

No, you just need to reach out to your doctor by email and they will help you.

We never charge for any follow up or aftercare. You can contact your doctor at any time for advice, updates and any issues.

No, you can just email your doctor and they will assist you.

No it is not. We are really passionate about putting you in control of your treatment. Everyone responds differently to their treatment so we don't think subscriptions make sense for a personalised journey. That's why we leave it up to you to let us know when you need a refill and we make it very easy to order these.

Sadly no.

Your product(s) will be delivered straight to your home. It usually takes 2-3 business days for products to arrive.

No! All our prices are as listed on the website. The fees also include delivery.


Compounded treatments like the ones we use are unlicensed medications because they are custom-made for each patient based on a specific formulation tailored to their unique needs. Unlike licensed medications, which are approved by regulatory bodies for general use, compounded treatments are created by pharmacists to meet the specific requirements of an individual patient as prescribed by their doctor. While they do not undergo the same approval process as licensed medications, they offer a personalised approach that can address specific concerns where a licensed treatment doesn't exist effectively under professional supervision.