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Betnovate Scalp Application

Betnovate Scalp Application (100ml)

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Treat Inflammation & Irritation with Betnovate Scalp

Betnovate Scalp Application can be purchased online from The Independent Pharmacy for the treatment and relief of atopic eczema symptoms and seborrheic dermatitis, commonly known as eczema on the scalp or psoriasis on the scalp. The cutaneous solution is used twice daily on dry, flaky, irritated or inflamed areas to calm redness, itching and irritation. Betnovate Scalp Application works alongside scalp moisturiser and emollients to help keep eczema of the scalp under control and to soothe alopecia. 

If you’re suffering from an itchy, irritated scalp that is undiagnosed, there could be several causes, including dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, allergic reactions, tinea capitis, eczema, folliculitis or head lice. To confirm the cause, consult with our UK-based medical team to find the right medication.

Betnovate Scalp - Important Information

  • Age: 18 Years +

    Maximum per order: 3

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

Betnovate scalp application is a prescription-only cutaneous medicine made by GlaxoSmithKline UK. It contains betamethasone valerate 0.1% and is available to buy online from The Independent Pharmacy. Buying online has its benefits – all you need to do is fill in a short health questionnaire and our in-house healthcare team can quickly get your medication dispatched and offer any appropriate advice.


How to apply Betnovate Scalp

Betamethasone is a corticosteroid that is applied topically to the area showing symptoms of redness, irritation or inflammation. Betamethasone valerate is absorbed through the skin and then helps to block the release of inflammatory chemicals that cause the symptoms of severe eczema. Betamethasone is classed as a 'potent' (strong) steroid, so obtaining the right dosage is important. It can be useful in clearing and providing relief from chronic conditions where weaker treatments have been ineffective. Betnovate scalp is very effective at treating outbreaks of eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis affecting the scalp to effectively calm the redness and irritation.

While it has its benefits, Betnovate scalp application is not intended for everyday usage. It should be used to manage acute attacks of folliculitis or eczema on the scalp or head where the skin becomes very dry, itchy or flaky (which sometimes results in dandruff). You should then use moisturisers or emollients to keep the skin in good condition day-to-day – such as with chronic conditions. Be sure to follow the usage and application instructions on the enclosed leaflet carefully.

There are a few non-prescription alternatives available for dry scalp, such as:

  • Nizoral shampoo
  • Alphosyl 2 in 1 Shampoo
  • Neutrogena T-Gel
  • Selsun shampoo

Here’s a guide to how to moisturise your scalp.


What are the other alternatives?

Dovobet gel, Betacap and Elocon lotion are often listed as alternatives to Betnovate. Here’s what you need to know about them: 

Dovobet gel is used as topical treatment of body and scalp psoriasis. Betnovate scalp application works to treat an itchy scalp that could be the result of either psoriasis, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, head lice, or any number of afflictions – not just psoriasis alone. 

Elocon lotion is a topical corticosteroid used to relieve inflammation, itching, and irritation and comes under multiple brand names. It can sometimes cause inflammation of hair follicles, therefore we would recommend a scalp-specific treatment, such as Betnovate scalp application, for treating the head. 

Mometasone furoate is another topical corticosteroid used to reduce inflammation of the skin. It’s also available as nasal mometasone and can be used to treat asthma. Mometasone furoate can be used generally and is not specifically designed to treat the scalp.


Effects on the hair 

Here are some things to bear in mind when using Betnovate scalp application on hair:

  • Don’t use a hairdryer directly after application. Keep the scalp away from sources of heat, such as electric fires and cigarettes
  • The treatment needs to soak into the scalp, so don’t wash it off. Wash and dry hair before application
  • A possible side effect of using Betnovate scalp application is excessive hair growth, however, it is not intended as a hair growth treatment. See our hair loss section for appropriate hair loss treatments
  • While you can still dye your hair, consider that the use of harsh chemicals, such as those found in hair dye, may further aggravate your condition. Hair dye should not be combined with Betnovate scalp application – it should be applied to dry hair only 

Betnovate Scalp Application Patient Information Leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/934/pil

*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

Betnovate Scalp Application is used topically for acute or atopic eczema, psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis affecting the scalp resulting in a dry or itchy scalp. It can be used by adults, babies and children. Betnovate Scalp Application is sometimes prescribed for alopecia sufferers to cool the irritation that can come with hair loss.

It is normally applied to the scalp twice daily, in the morning and at night. As your condition improves, you can reduce this down to once daily. It should not be used more often than twice daily. 

For some people it may be easier to have someone apply Betnovate Scalp Application for you. If someone applies your Betnovate for you, or if you are applying it for a child or baby wear disposable plastic gloves or wash their hands thoroughly after use.

Whilst using Betnovate Scalp Application, you should wash and shampoo your hair before application to ensure it has time to absorb into the skin and is not washed off. As Betnovate Scalp is flammable, do not use a hairdryer whilst using the treatment.

Betnovate Scalp Application should not be used for more than 10 days consecutively. It should not be used for a long period of time without a break.

Use moisturizer and other emollients to keep your scalp in good condition.

Instructions for applying Betnovate Scalp Application

  • Wash your hands.
  • Unscrew the bottle cap and place the nozzle on the scalp that needs treating.
  • Gently squeeze the bottle to cover the area with a thin and even layer of liquid.
  • You can rub Betnovate Scalp Application in, but you don't have to.
  • Your scalp will feel cool until the liquid has dried.
  • Wash your hands again.

If you forget to apply Betnovate, apply it as soon as you remember. If it is close to the time that your next application is due, skip the dose and apply at the normal time.

Betnovate Scalp Application does not always cause side effects, however like all medicines they are possible. Side effects are normally associated with Betnovate Scalp being applied incorrectly or being used in higher doses or quantities than recommended. Be particularly careful when using it for babies and children.

Possible side effects from Betnovate Scalp Application can include:

(less than 1 in 10 people)

  • A feeling of burning, irritation or itching where the liquid is applied.

(affects less than 1 in 10,000 people)

  • Stretch marks may develop
  • Veins under the surface of your skin may become more noticeable
  • Increased hair growth and changes in skin colour
  • Thinning of your skin and it may also damage more easily
  • Weight gain, rounding of the face and high blood pressure. These are more likely to happen in infants and children.

Stop using Betnovate Scalp and seek medical attention if:

  • You find that your skin condition gets more severe or becomes swollen during treatment. You may be allergic to Betnovate, have an infection or need other remedies.
  • You have acute psoriasis and you get raised bumps with pus under the skin. This can happen very rarely during or after treatment and is known as pustular psoriasis.

If any of the above side effects become serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed here or in the accompanying patient information leaflet, please consult your doctor or pharmacist. 

Betnovate Scalp Application contains the active ingredient betamethasone valerate 0.122%.

It also contains Carbomer, Isopropyl Alcohol, Sodium Hydroxide and Purified Water.

You should not use Betnovate Scalp Application:

  • If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to betamethasone valerate or any of the other ingredients of Betnovate (listed under the ingredients tab).
  • If you have a skin infection on your scalp (this may appear as an open wound that may be sticky or pussing).
  • On children.
  • If you have previously had an allergic reaction with another steroid.
  • If you are applying the liquid under an airtight dressing. These dressings make it easier for the active ingredient to pass through the skin. It is possible to accidentally end up using too much.
  • If you have psoriasis, your doctor will want to see you more often.

If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist, or contact us, before using this medicine. 

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

You should not purchase this medicine online if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. It is best to talk to your doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant, might become pregnant or are breastfeeding. 

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.


UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.


Royal Mail


  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.




  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.


Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.


BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.


Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50


We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3


We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44


Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.


International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

Need to know more about Eczema & Dermatitis?

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can you buy Betnovate cream over the counter?

    Betnovate cream is a prescription-only medicine, therefore it cannot be bought over the counter at a pharmacy without the necessary prescription from a medical professional. It can be bought online from The Independent Pharmacy following an online consultation with one of our medical professionals.

  • Is it safe to buy Betnovate online?

    Yes – as long as you are buying from a website that is a legally operating and regulated pharmacy, it is perfectly safe to buy Betnovate online.

    The Independent Pharmacy is an NHS Online Pharmacy based in Bristol and has all the necessary regulation to be able to safely provide convenient access to genuine prescription remedies through our Online Pharmacy and Online Doctor.

    All of our eczema treatments are supplied by the same UK-based wholesalers used by the large high-street chains.

  • How do I buy Betnovate online?

    It’s simple, just select ‘Start Consultation’ next to the product above, or on the links below.

    You will need to fill in a simple health questionnaire so that our GPs and Pharmacists can ensure it is safe for us to supply your Betnovate to you. It only takes a few minutes, and your treatment can be delivered to your door as soon as the next working day. This is the best way to get treatment quickly. 

  • What does the price include?

    The price includes the medication you have selected, the private consultation with our Doctor and, if the purchase is over £40, it also includes free standard delivery. Under £40, standard delivery is £2.95 and all items are sent using a Royal Mail Tracked Service.

  • What are the advantages of buying Betnovate online?

    There are many advantages to buying eczema remedies online, some include:

    • It's quick and easy- there is no need to spend time at the doctor or pharmacy.
    • Fast delivery- We offer same day dispatch before 4pm and fast delivery to your address of choice with Royal Mail.
    • Great prices- we are able to offer very competitive prices and we guarantee to beat any other Online Doctor service.
    • A wealth of information - we provide all the information you could need on Betnovate and other eczema treatments, in easy to digest formats, at a time that suits you.
  • Does Betnovate scalp application cause or help hair loss?

    Betnovate scalp application is a topical corticosteroid. It’s mostly used for seborrhoeic dermatitis or psoriasis affecting the scalp. One of the side effects can be excessive hair growth, or hypertrichosis. It’s important not to smoke or use hair dryers after using it, as Betnovate scalp application is highly flammable. 

  • How long does Betnovate scalp application take to work?

    This medication is for short-term use only. You shouldn’t need to use it for more than 2-3 weeks. If the symptoms are still present after this time, consult your doctor or pharmacist. 

  • Where to buy Betnovate scalp application

    This treatment can not be bought over the counter following a consultation with a pharmacist. To make things easier, you can order direct from the Independent Pharmacy following an online consultation and receive your order swiftly and discreetly. 

  • Will Betnovate scalp application help with dandruff?

    Betnovate scalp application is not intended as a treatment for dandruff. If you suffer from dandruff or dry scalp, try one of these more appropriate dandruff treatments. Betnovate is a strong steroid-based treatment that is primarily for the relief of redness and itching in sufferers of acute eczema and dermatitis. 

  • What are corticosteroids?

    A corticosteroid is a type of steroid hormone that produces an anti-inflammatory effect, not to be confused with anabolic steroids used by athletes and bodybuilders. They are used to treat a range of conditions (including hives, eczema, painful joints, asthma and MS) and come in a range of forms, from tablets and liquids to creams, gels and even injections. Most steroid medications are only available on prescription.

    Side effects of steroid medications can sometimes increased appetite, mood changes and difficulty sleeping (mostly with the tablet forms) so they are usually given restricted usage or in low doses.

  • Can Betnovate cream be used for acne?

    It is not recommended to use Betnovate cream to treat acne. The active ingredients in this medication could potentially make skin conditions like this worse. Though Betnovate contains anti-bacterial properties, only use for skin irritations that have been cleared by a doctor or medical professional. Spots could be made worse with the use of this medication, so if you’re suffering from acne on your body, then this cream is not recommended. If you are looking for acne treatments, a full range and medicines advice can be found here.

  • Are Betnovate and Dermovate the same thing?

    Betnovate and Dermovate are both topical steroids used for a number of different skin conditions. The main difference between the two is potency. Dermovate is five times more potent than Betnovate and so special care must be taken when using this medication. 

  • Can Betnovate be used on the face or ears – and is it good for you?

    Betnovate should not be used directly on the skin of the face or the ears, as it’s a topical steroid. Only use on your face if you have been specifically directed to by your GP or a medical professional. If you have been advised to use this treatment on your face, then it’s important to avoid contact with the eyes.

  • Does this treatment make your hair grow after alopecia?

    This medication is not designed to treat symptoms of alopecia, however, some people with this condition have found that Betnovate was helpful in helping hair to grow back. This is not scientifically proven, however, Betnovate can be used to treat skin conditions affecting the scalp.

  • Can you use Betnovate scalp application when pregnant or breastfeeding?

    It is not recommended to use this medication while pregnant or breastfeeding. Betnovate lotion is potent and is absorbed through the skin into your body. This can be harmful to the development of the baby and so is only recommended to those who have been told to use it by a medical professional.

  • Can this treatment be used for young children or babies?

    Because this treatment is very potent, it is not recommended for young children or babies. There are other types of medication that will be suitable to treat eczema for this age group, so it’s suggested that you speak to a medical professional if you are concerned or seeking treatment for these symptoms in young children or babies.

  • Can Betnovate ointment be used for burns?

    No, it is not recommended to use this medication on burns, scrapes or broken skin. If this treatment does come into contact with broken skin or burns, then wash with clean water immediately.

    If you have experienced severe burns, then it’s important to seek medical attention and get a treatment that is specifically suitable for this injury.

  • Is Betnovate a hydrocortisone cream?

    Topical steroids, like Betnovate, are a logical treatment option for atopic eczema. Of course, not all steroids are not of the same potency. Betnovate is considerably more potent (stronger) than a regular hydrocortisone cream (and Dermovate is more potent again). 

  • Can you buy Betnovate scalp application over the counter?

    The product is a prescription-only medicine, therefore it cannot be bought over the counter at a pharmacy without the necessary prescription from a medical professional. It can be bought online from The Independent Pharmacy following an online consultation with one of our doctors.

Authored By:

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Scott McDougall


Published on: 02-06-2016

Last modified on: 02-06-2018

Scott is one of the two founders of The Independent Pharmacy. He is a registered pharmacist and the registered manager of our service with the CQC.

Reviewed By:

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Chris Newbury

BPharm IP

Reviewed on: 04-06-2020

Next review date: 02-06-2022

Chris is a vastly experienced clinical pharmacist and has been registered as an Independent Prescriber since 2014.

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