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Can you use clobetasol on your face?

Medically reviewed by Carmen Pope, BPharm. Last updated on July 12, 2023.

Official answer


No, you should not use clobetasol on your face. Clobetasol is classed as a super potent topical corticosteroid and lower potency corticosteroids, such as hydrocortisone are more appropriate to use on the face if one is deemed necessary. You should always use the lowest potency corticosteroid that is effective for your skin condition for the shortest possible time.

Clobetasol should also not be used to treat:

  • Acne
  • Bacterial, fungal, or viral skin infections (such as herpes simplex, shingles or chickenpox)
  • Bites or stings
  • Eyelid conditions
  • Mild dermatitis
  • Perioral dermatitis
  • Phimosis (a tight foreskin of the penis)
  • Rosacea
  • Scabies
  • Skin conditions caused by vaccinations, tuberculosis, or syphilis.

Do not use clobetasol to treat any skin condition that has not been checked by your doctor. Always use the lowest potency corticosteroid for your skin condition. Because clobetasol is superpotent, it may not always be appropriate.

Using more cream or ointment than recommended, or applying clobetasol propionate for longer than two weeks can lead to side effects such as skin thinning, growth retardation in children, cataracts, or glaucoma, or suppression of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.

Clobetasol is supplied in tamper-evident tubes of 15g, 30g, 45 g, and 60 g. Common brand names for clobetasol include Cormax, Embeline, and Temovate

Clobetasol propionate is not recommended in children under 12 years of age and the area of skin being treated with clobetasol should never be covered with occlusive bandages or dressings.

What symptoms does clobetasol relieve?

Clobetasol reduces inflammation (redness) and itching and can also relieve dryness, crusting, scaling, and discomfort caused by various skin conditions.


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