Various steroid creams & Emollients

Many emollients (moisturisers), are available in the market like Doublebase, Diprobase, Epaderm, Aveeno (contains oats). Some are water based and are called creams, others are oil based and called ointments. Ointments are usually better for very dry skin as they lock the moisture better than creams. Every parent and child has their prefernce, so it a hit & trial thing, till you find the RIGHT one.

Steroids creams are available in different potency (strengths).


  • Hydrocortisone

Moderate (2–25 times as potent as hydrocortisone)

  • Clobetasone butyrate
  • Triamcinolone acetonide

Potent (100–150 times as potent as hydrocortisone)

  • Betamethasone valerate
  • Betamethasone dipropionate
  • Diflucortolone valerate
  • Mometasone furoate

Very potent or superpotent (up to 600 times as potent as hydrocortisone)

  • Clobetasol propionate
  • Betamethasone dipropionate

They are usuallly very safe to apply