Note: Decisions about treatment are for both the prescriber and the person to jointly consider during the consultation. However, the final decision will always be the prescriber’s
More information about Dermovate
Dermovate is a steroid treatment for more chronic skin conditions and conditions that have not responded to milder topical corticosteroids. A dermatologist will typically prescribe this product for bad cases of:
As a steroid, Dermovate reduces the inflammation and swelling that all these conditions cause. You will find that this relieves other symptoms, such as itching, pain and redness.
You can buy Dermovate online from HealthExpress as either a cream or ointment. The cream is recommended for large areas of skin, whereas the ointment is better for dry skin.
This product is considered a ‘very potent’ steroid. It should only be used if milder, moderate and potent treatments have proved unsuccessful. Products to consider first include Daktacort and Fucidin. However, only if you also have a skin infection. If in doubt, follow the advice of your doctor.
Dermovate contains the active ingredient clobetasol propionate* - a very potent steroid.
Steroids work by suppressing your immune system. While this may sound drastic, many skin conditions, especially eczema and psoriasis are caused by an overactive immune response.
In the case of eczema, your skin becomes inflamed after contact with certain irritants like pollen, perfumes and animal hair.
In the case of psoriasis, your skin produces extra cells in patches - again, this is prompted by exposure to irritants and triggers, e.g. weather, detergents and stress.
By lessening the immune response, a steroid reduces inflammation. Inflammation is the source of many uncomfortable symptoms, for example:
If you find your symptoms worsen or do not ease after 7 days of treatment, you should contact your doctor.
If you believe there is another source of your symptoms, such as bacterial or fungal infection, you should ask your doctor about other treatments. For example, Trimovate is an effective steroid with additional antifungal and antibacterial properties.
*Clobetasol is available as a generic. Dermovate is the brand name.
As with all medications, you should follow the advice of your doctor. You can also reference the patient information leaflet (PIL). All orders from HealthExpress include a PIL, and it is also located on the side of this page.
Different parts of the body will need different amounts of treatment applied. You should use the graphic below to decide how much cream or ointment to use. One ‘fingertip unit’ is classed as from the finger's tip to the first joint (furthest from the centre of the hand).
If you are still unsure how much to apply, you should contact your GP.
Using Dermovate cream and ointment:
If you accidentally apply too much cream or ointment, inform your doctor.
If you accidentally ingest this product, seek immediate medical attention.
The overuse of steroids will not make them more effective. However, it will increase the chance of side effects occurring.
As Dermovate is applied directly to the skin, the most common side effect is unexpected skin reactions, including telangiectasia (spider veins). You should contact your doctor as soon as possible if you experience this side effect or if your symptoms worsen.
Rarer reported side effects include:
Again, if you experience these or any unlisted side effects, please seek medical attention.
You should familiarise yourself with the symptoms of an allergic reaction. These include rashes, swelling of the face and mouth and difficulty breathing. If you suspect an allergic reaction, contact your doctor ASAP. If you ever struggle to breathe, call 999.
Even though Dermovate is a skin treatment, it will not work for all conditions. You should not use it to treat:
You should also look at different treatments if you have ever had an allergic attack from any of the ingredients of this product (listed in the PIL) or any other corticosteroid.
To ensure that your use of this product is effective and safe, you should not:
As mentioned, Dermovate is a very potent steroid. You must have regular checkups with your doctor to gauge your progress.
Please note - this product causes skin thinning. You should not apply it to the face for longer than 5 days. You should also only apply it to the face if advised by a doctor. Do not make the decision yourself.
If you have a history of osteoporosis or any other bone disease, you should inform your doctor before you use this product. You should also report any changes to bone pain.
When you order any medication from HealthExpress, we ask you to complete a short online consultation. The form is confidential and allows our doctors to examine your medical history to ensure that Dermovate is safe for you to use. You should answer the form thoroughly and honestly, detailing all medications you are currently taking.
All medications we sell are approved by the NHS and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). All our doctors and pharmacists are registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Links to our certificates can be found in the footer of this page.
We pride ourselves on our speedy delivery service. Prescription medication is not something you should have to wait on. All mainland UK orders come with complimentary next-day delivery.
If you are not in that much of a rush to receive treatment, you can also select any nominated day or use the UPS Access Point service - again, there are no additional delivery charges.
|Active ingredient(s)||Clobetasol propionate|
|Description||A very potent corticosteroid cream/ointment for skin conditions|
|Exemption||Subject to medical prescription|
|Application||Adults suffering from eczema/psoriasis|
|Usage||Consult patient leaflet|
|Drug class||Topical steroid (very potent)|
|Breastfeeding/pregnancy||Not recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives|