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Can hydrocortisone cream be used on sunburn?

Medically reviewed by Sally Chao, MD. Last updated on May 30, 2022.

Official answer


Yes. OTC hydrocortisone cream may be applied to sunburn for a short period to help reduce swelling and redness. Cool compresses and aloe vera may also be used to help with discomfort.

  1. Skin Cancer Foundation. Sunburn and Your Skin. 2022. Available at: [Accessed May 2, 2022].

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