You can buy some topical corticosteroids "over-the-counter" without a prescription. For example, for dermatitis, you can buy the steroid cream called hydrocortisone 1% from your pharmacy. Do not apply this to your face unless your doctor has told you to do so. This is because it may trigger a skin condition affecting the face ( acne or rosacea. ) Long-term use may also damage the skin. On your face this would be more noticeable than the rest of your body. So usually only weak steroids are used on the face. Those which are suitable are prescription-only.
Of approximately 3000 patients included in clinical studies of % HALOG CREAM (halcinonide cream) , 14% were 60 years or older, while 4% were 70 years or older. No overall differences in safety were observed between these patients and younger patients. Efficacy data have not been evaluated for differences between elderly and younger patients. Other reported clinical experience has not identified differences in responses between the elderly and younger patients, but greater sensitivity of some older individuals cannot be ruled out.
3. Other treatments that are worth noting
– Wet wrap (I use just one layer, which is known as dry wrap)
– Clean the skin with chlorhexidine gluconate (diluted) before applying steroid cream
More on the above two:
Staph bacteria colonizes eczema skin and increasing research link staph to promoting skin inflammation, which in a way is sabotaging the treatment efforts or effect of any prescription if the bacteria is not first reduced