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Can I safely dilute steroid creams?
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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Decrease frequency
At first creams are typically used twice a day.
Once the condition is under control decrease to once a day and then when possible every other day. This is called weaning, similar to when steroids are used orally. It is better to wean than use stop and restart. Stronger creams should not be used on sensitive area such as inner thighs, armpits, face , because ti can thin skin and cause stretch marks.

In brief: Decrease frequency
At first creams are typically used twice a day.
Once the condition is under control decrease to once a day and then when possible every other day. This is called weaning, similar to when steroids are used orally. It is better to wean than use stop and restart. Stronger creams should not be used on sensitive area such as inner thighs, armpits, face , because ti can thin skin and cause stretch marks.
Dr. Morris Westfried
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Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology
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In brief: No need to do this!
Steroids come in different classes ranging from super to low potency and within each class there are different percentages.
So a super potent steroid like Clobetasol Propionate cream, 0.05% seem lower concentration then Hydrocortisone cream, 2.5% which is very low potency. There should be no need to dilute your steroid cream and you should only use the cream as prescribed by your doctor.

In brief: No need to do this!
Steroids come in different classes ranging from super to low potency and within each class there are different percentages.
So a super potent steroid like Clobetasol Propionate cream, 0.05% seem lower concentration then Hydrocortisone cream, 2.5% which is very low potency. There should be no need to dilute your steroid cream and you should only use the cream as prescribed by your doctor.
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
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Dr. David Voron
Dermatology
In brief: See below
Yes. It is best to dilute the steroid cream with another cream similar in consistency.

In brief: See below
Yes. It is best to dilute the steroid cream with another cream similar in consistency.
Dr. David Voron
Dr. David Voron
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