As is common with most medical treatments, there are situations in which Hydrocortisone 1% cream should be used cautiously or not at all. If you have a skin infection (such as impetigo, herpes simplex, or a fungal infection) and if you have reacted to other steroid preparations before, Hydrocortisone 1% is not recommended. It’s advised you don’t use this cream on the face or around the anal or genital areas unless told to do so by your doctor. You shouldn’t use this treatment if you have an allergy to any of the active or inactive ingredients.
For the past 17 months I have participated in the no steroid creme re TSW. Wow, it has been a journey, but I do believe you are correct with all you information. I am still NOT where I would like to be,but probably 60 percent better than with steroid cremes. I live in Switzerland and have have done uva and uvb light therapy as well, and visited Avene thermal spa. I also spent a fair amount of time on the Atlantic ocean trying to heal. So, as I see you have commented on Eucrisa tm.. (criaborole). I would like to comment, that I experienced a severe reaction to the creme after 8 days of use… ( the company Pfizer has my photos etc )
You can buy some topical corticosteroids "over-the-counter" without a prescription. For example, for dermatitis, you can buy the steroid cream called hydrocortisone 1% from your pharmacy. Do not apply this to your face unless your doctor has told you to do so. This is because it may trigger a skin condition affecting the face ( acne or rosacea. ) Long-term use may also damage the skin. On your face this would be more noticeable than the rest of your body. So usually only weak steroids are used on the face. Those which are suitable are prescription-only.