Topical Corticosteroids 

Updated: Aug 19, 2015
  • Author: Abimbola Farinde, PharmD, PhD; more...
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World Health Organization Classification of Topical Corticosteroids

The potency of a topical corticosteroid depends on the formulation. Potency is also increased when a formulation is used under occlusive dressing or in intertriginous areas. In general, ointments are more potent than creams or lotions. [1]

Ultra high potency topical corticosteroids

Group I

High potency topical corticosteroids

Group II

Group III

Moderate potency topical corticosteroids

Group IV

Group V

Low potency topical corticosteroids

Group VI

Group VII