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Boots DermaCare Hydrocortisone 1% w/w Cream

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Last updated on emc: 08 Jan 2024

Below is a text only representation of the Patient Information Leaflet (ePIL).

The text only version may be available in large print, Braille or audio CD. For further information call emc accessibility on {phone} 0800 198 5000. The product code(s) for this leaflet is: PL 13606/0022.

Boots DermaCare Hydrocortisone 1% w/w Cream

Package leaflet: Information for the user


Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine because it contains important information for you.

Always use this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist have told you.

  • Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
  • Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
  • If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
  • You must talk to a doctor if you do not feel better or if you feel worse after 7 days.

What is in this leaflet

1. What DermaCare Cream is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use DermaCare Cream
3. How to use DermaCare Cream
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store DermaCare Cream
6. Contents of the pack and other information


The name of this medicine is Boots DermaCare Hydrocortisone 1% w/w Cream, but will be referred to as DermaCare Cream throughout this leaflet.

DermaCare Cream contains the active substance micronised hydrocortisone.

DermaCare Cream belongs to a group of medicines called topical corticosteroids. These work by calming the inflammation that occurs during certain skin conditions or reactions.

DermaCare Cream is used for the relief of mild inflammatory skin disorders including:

  • mild to moderate eczema
  • irritant contact dermatitis or allergic contact dermatitis
  • insect bite reactions.


Hydrocortisone 1% is classed as a mild corticosteroid.

Do not use DermaCare Cream:
  • If you are allergic to hydrocortisone or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).
  • On the face, eyes, anus or genital areas.
  • If you have any other skin infection such as athlete’s foot (tinea pedis), chickenpox (varicella) or shingles (Herpes zoster), coldsores (Herpes simplex), impetigo, ringworm or thrush, infected lesions, ulcerative conditions, red appearance on face, peri-oral dermatitis or acne.

Warnings and precautions

Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before using DermaCare Cream if you:

  • Have psoriasis, the condition may become worse after stopping long-term treatment
  • Will be applying the cream to your face. This cream should not be used for long on the face as it may damage the facial skin
  • Are using this cream under occlusive dressing that can considerably increase the absorption of this cream.
  • If your condition worsens during use, consult a pharmacist or doctor - you may be experiencing an allergic reaction, have an infection or your condition requires a different treatment.
  • If you experience a recurrence of your condition shortly after stopping treatment, within 2 weeks, do not restart using the cream without consulting a pharmacist or doctor.
  • If your condition has resolved and on recurrence the redness extends beyond the initial treatment area and you experience a burning sensation, please seek medical advice before restarting treatment.

Caution should be taken to keep away from the eyes. Contact your doctor if you experience blurred vision or other visual disturbances.

Do not smoke or go near naked flames - risk of severe burns. Fabric (clothing, bedding, dressings etc) that has been in contact with this product burns more easily and is a serious fire hazard. Washing clothing and bedding may reduce product build-up but not totally remove it.


Do not use on children under 10 years of age without medical advice.

Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before using DermaCare Cream if you will be using the cream for the treatment of dermatitis or nappy rash on children and infants. In children and infants, treatment should not normally exceed 7 days.

Other medicines and DermaCare Cream

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine. If you are breast-feeding, do not apply the product to your chest area.

Caution should be exercised when DermaCare Cream is administered to nursing mothers.

DermaCare Cream contains Chlorocresol

This may cause allergic reactions.


Always use this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. For application to the skin. Wash your hands before and after applying DermaCare Cream, but if applying to the hands, do not wash after application.

  • Apply sufficient cream to thinly cover the affected area and gently rub into the skin until it disappears
  • If the affected area becomes weepy or infected, stop using the cream and speak to your doctor. You may need to start antibiotic treatment, especially if the infection spreads.
  • You should not normally use DermaCare Cream on the face for many weeks or months, unless specifically prescribed by your doctor.

The recommended dose is:

Adults (including the elderly)

  • Gently apply a thin layer of cream to the affected area(s) once or twice a day.

Children and Infants

  • Do not use on children under 10 years of age without medical advice
  • Apply as for adults but avoid long-term use. Treatment should be limited to seven days - especially in infants
  • The lowest concentration suitable should be used
  • Do not use under a nappy or an airtight dressing (such as a plaster) on an infant because this will enable too much active ingredient to pass through the skin.

If you use more DermaCare Cream than you should

If you squeeze out too much cream, wipe off the excess with a paper towel. Do not use the cream under airtight dressings (such as plasters) or nappies, as too much hydrocortisone may be absorbed and may result in adverse effects upon adrenal gland function.

If you or someone else accidentally swallows some cream, contact your doctor or go to your nearest hospital emergency department immediately, take the cream with you so the doctor knows what you have taken.

If you forget to use DermaCare Cream

If you forget to apply the DermaCare Cream, apply it as soon as possible and carry on as before. If it is 3 hours or less until the next application, then ignore the missed dose.

If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.


Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Most patients using DermaCare Cream will have no problems when used in the correct amount for the prescribed time.

If the following happens, stop using the cream and tell your doctor immediately or go to the casualty department at your nearest hospital:
  • An allergic reaction (swelling of the lips, face or neck leading to severe difficulty in breathing; skin rash or hives). This is a very serious but rare side effect. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.

Other effects which may occur:
  • The skin may become thinner when used in the nappy areas of children where conditions are moist
  • If DermaCare Cream is used often over a large area of skin or for a long time, especially under dressings, adverse effects on adrenal gland function are more likely. These effects are also more likely in children and infants
  • Prolonged use, especially on sensitive areas including skin folds, may result in thinning of the skin, widening of the blood vessels, stretch marks and may suppress the functioning of the adrenal gland.
  • Blurred vision. This side effect has been reported, but the frequency for it to occur is not known.
  • Steroid withdrawal reaction: If used over prolonged periods a withdrawal reaction, which might appear to be different from the previous condition, may occur in some patients during treatment or within days to weeks after stopping treatment, with some or all of the following features: redness of the skin which can extend beyond the initial area treated, a burning or stinging sensation, intense itching, peeling of the skin, oozing open sores.

If your condition becomes worse during treatment, you may have an allergy to one of the ingredients of the cream or an infection. Stop using the cream and tell your doctor as soon as possible.

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.


Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.

Do not use this medicine after the expiry date stated on the carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.

Do not store above 25°C.

Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.

What DermaCare Cream contains

The active substance is micronised Hydrocortisone.

The other ingredients are Cetomacrogol Emulsifying Wax, Chlorocresol (see section 2), Liquid Paraffin, Macrogol 300, White Soft Paraffin, Purified Water.

What DermaCare Cream looks like and contents of the pack

A collapsible aluminium tube, with a membrane seal at the nozzle, internal epoxy lacquer, latex endseal band in the crimp seal area and a white plastic cap for reclosure after piercing membrane.

DermaCare Cream is provided in 10g and 15g tubes. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

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This leaflet was last revised in 01/2024.

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