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Hydrocortisone 1% Cream (50g)

Order before 4pm for delivery from Fri. 17 Aug.

Product Information

  • Age: 18

    Maximum per order: 2

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

Hydrocortisone 1% Cream treats inflammation from skin conditions such as allergic reactions, eczema and psoriasis. It is a topical steroid that works to reduce chemicals in the body that cause swelling.

Order your Hydrocortisone Cream online from The Independent Pharmacy- our service is fast, confidential and discreet. When you place your order, you’ll need to complete a brief medical questionnaire. Our online doctor will review your order which you’ll receive as early as the next day

Hydrocortisone is a corticosteroid. Classed as a mild steroid, it can be used to step down your treatment if stronger steroid preparations are no longer necessary.

Topical steroids play an important role in eczema treatment. When eczema flares up, applying a steroid-containing medication will reduce inflammation, ease soreness and reduce itching.

Steroids are produced naturally by the body to regulate growth and immune function. There are many kinds of steroids, including anabolic steroids like testosterone and corticosteroids such as cortisol, which is produced by the adrenal glands. Corticosteroids are very effective at controlling inflammation since they temporarily alter the function of a number of cells and chemicals in the skin.

Topical corticosteroids have been used for over 50 years to treat various inflammatory skin conditions. They remain one of the most effective treatments, and if used properly, can control symptoms and restore patients’ quality of life.


Hydrocortisone 1% Cream, made by Actavis, is a generic cream that treats certain skin conditions, such as psoriasis. It reduces the body’s inflammatory response and alleviates irritation and soreness. The cream is a corticosteroid, and should be applied to affected areas once or twice a day, usually for no longer than one week.


Psoriasis is a skin ailment indicated by redness, dryness, flaky, scaly skin and irritation. Sufferers often scratch, causing skin breaks and bleeding. More serious instances may result in pus-filled blisters. Most symptoms manifest around the elbows and knees, on the scalp, and on the hands and feet.

Psoriasis’ cause is unknown, but it is thought to result from the immune system attacking healthy skin cells. These cells then regenerate to replace older cells before they are ready to be shed.

The condition can affect anyone of any age. Most cases appear before the age of 35 and are chronic, with periods of activity and remission. Common triggers include stress, skin injury, excess alcohol consumption, smoking, certain medications, and hormonal fluctuations.

Currently, psoriasis has no cure and treatment aims to reduce the severity of symptoms. Topical corticosteroids are the go-to option for mild to moderate cases. Hydrocortisone 1% Cream, which is a topical cream, works by reducing the immune system’s release of inflammatory chemicals, thus slowing down the production of skin cells.

Non-Prescription Alternatives for Eczema can include;

Moisturisers and emollients

Bath and Shower Gels

Cotton Gloves (To keep from scratching)

Antihistamine tablets (To ease the itching)

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

Hydrocortisone 1% Cream should be applied to the affected areas in a thin layer, once or twice daily. Be sure to wash your hands after applying the cream, unless the symptoms are on your hands. After the cream has been absorbed, a moisturising cream such as Diprobase or Cetraben can be applied, if necessary. When symptoms begin to improve, start using the cream less often. If you have been using the cream for a while without gradually tailing off, your condition may relapse.

If your symptoms do not respond after a few weeks of treatment, consult your doctor.

Side effects may include:

Contact dermatitis- localized rash or irritation to the skin.

If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in a different way, stop using it and consult your doctor or pharmacist.


Active ingredients:


Inactive ingredients:

Chlorocresol, cetomacrogol, cetostearyl alcohol and paraffin.

Read the following warnings carefully to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.

Do not use Hydrocortisone 1% Cream if you:

  • are allergic to any of its ingredients.
  • suffer from skin conditions caused by infections, which are not being treated with antibiotics.
  • have scabies mite.
  • have rosacea or dermatitis around the mouth area.

Check with your doctor/pharmacist before using Hydrocortisone 1% Cream if:

  • you are applying the cream to the face and around the eyes.
  • you have a skin infection and the condition appears to be getting worse despite prescribed antibiotics. Stop using the cream and contact your doctor.
  • you have psoriasis.

This cream contains cetyostearyl alcohol which may cause local skin reactions such as contact dermatitis. It also contains chlorocresol which may cause allergic reactions in some people.

Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medications. Inform your doctor about any medications you are taking or intend to take.


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
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 1pm) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 1pm - £10.45

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail. We always aim to dispatch all orders received before 4pm the same working day. Any orders received after 4pm or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders can be fully tracked in your account.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods.

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

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.

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.


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 5.30pm 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 5.30pm 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 5.30pm to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44


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



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

  • What is Hydrocortisone 1% Cream used for?

    It is used to treat itching, redness, and swelling associated with conditions of the skin.

    It is a topical corticosteroid that reduces skin inflammation.

  • Is Hydrocortisone 1% Cream suitable for me?

    There are situations in which Hydrocortisone 1% Cream should be used cautiously or not at all. If you have a skin infection and have reacted to other steroid preparations before, Hydrocortisone 1% is not recommended. Don’t use this cream on the face or around the anal or genital areas unless instructed to do so by your doctor. Don’t use this treatment if you have an allergy to any of its active or inactive ingredients.

    If you are taking any other medications, including other creams or eczema treatments – inform our online doctor. Mention whether they were prescribed by your doctor or purchased over-the-counter.

    You should not use Hydrocortisone 1% Cream if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed, unless your doctor has advised it.

    If Hydrocortisone 1% cream doesn’t work for you, tell your doctor as you may need a different treatment.

  • Do topical corticosteroids cause skin discoloration?

    In rare cases, topical corticosteroids can cause lightening or darkening of the skin, which resolves when the treatment stops. Skin discoloration is more likely to occur from the eczema itself, because skin inflammation can increase or decrease the amount of tan pigment in the skin. Skin discoloration from eczema typically resolves over time, but may take several months. In cases of severe and long-lasting inflammation, some pigmentation changes can be permanent.

  • Do topical corticosteroids promote excessive hair growth?

    If used for long periods, topical corticosteroids can occasionally cause a temporary, mild increase in fine hair growth in the treated areas. Frequent scratching can also cause a temporary, mild increase in hair growth.

  • Can topical corticosteroids prolong eczema and decrease the chances of improvement over time?

    There is no evidence to suggest that topical corticosteroids prolong eczema. An allergic reaction to the steroid may make eczema symptoms appear worse or prolonged. Any worsening or static symptoms should be evaluated for allergic contact dermatitis.

  • Can moisturizers eliminate the need for topical corticosteroids?

    While proper bathing and moisturizing are important for the management of chronic eczema, they are only a first-line defence. Once moderate to severe eczema becomes inflamed, additional anti-inflammatory medication is necessary to control the disease. Treatments include topical corticosteroids, ultraviolet light therapy, topical calcsineurin inhibitors (TCIs such as Elidel or Protopic), or systemic medications.

  • Should I apply corticosteroids in smaller amounts than prescribed?

    While only a thin layer of medication is needed, it is important to apply enough to cover all the red areas. Use the fingertip rule: squeeze a line of the topical corticosteroid onto your index finger, from the fingertip to the first finger crease. This amount represents a fingertip unit and should be enough to cover an area of skin the size of two flat adult hands.

  • Topical Corticosteroid Tips

    While only a thin layer of medication is needed, it is important to apply enough to cover all the red areas. Use the fingertip rule: squeeze a line of the topical corticosteroid onto your index finger, from the fingertip to the first finger crease. This amount represents a fingertip unit and should be enough to cover an area of skin the size of two flat adult hands.

    • Use the lowest-strength corticosteroid possible to control symptoms.
    • Only apply the corticosteroid to skin affected by the disease.
    • For best results, apply corticosteroids immediately after bathing.
    • Use corticosteroids as prescribed by your doctor — more than two applications per day increases the risks but not the benefits. One daily application should provide sufficient relief.
    • Topical corticosteroids should not be used in place of moisturizers.
    • Do not use large quantities of corticosteroids for long periods of time.
    • Keep in mind that sensitive areas of skin, such as the face, raw skin, genitals, thin skin and areas of skin that rub together absorb more corticosteroid than other areas.
    • Dressings applied over treated areas increase the potency and improve absorption of corticosteroid. Only use dressings in this way with a physician’s guidance.
    • Once the inflammation has been controlled, reduce or stop using the corticosteroid. Remember, proper bathing and moisturizing can help prevent flare-ups.

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