What is clobetasol?

Clobetasol is a topical corticosteroid used to treat inflammation, itching, swelling and pain caused by skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. It is one of the most potent topical steroids; therefore, it is intended for short term use only. Clobetasol is available in different topical forms, including a cream, lotion, gel, spray, foam, scalp solution, ointment and shampoo. Brands names include Clobex, Olux and Temovate. Clobetasol can be used to treat skin conditions in adults, adolescents and children age 12 years of age and older.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Topical steroids such as clobetasol are often purported to help even out skin tone, but they have very serious side effects, including developing extremely thin skin, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and immune problems.
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