Topical Corticosteroid Potency

Specific formulations, or brands of topical corticosteroids have been ranked according to their potency on a scale of 1 to 7, with 1 being the most potent.

Group 1 (I) Superpotent

  • Clobetasol, 0.05% (Clobex®, Temovate®)
  • Clobetasol foam 0.05% (Olux® and Olux E®)
  • Fluocinonide 0.1% (Vanos®)
  • Halobetasol 0.05%, (Ultravate®)

Group 2 (II) Potent

  • Desoximetasone, 0.05% (Topicort® gel)
  • Desoximetasone, 0.25% (Topicort® cream, ointment)
  • Diflorasone diacetate 0.05% (Psorcon® cream)
  • Fluocinonide 0.05% (Lidex®)
  • Halcinonide, 0.1% (Halog®)

Group 3 (III) Upper mid-strength

  • Desoximetasone 0.05% (Topicort® LP cream)
  • Fluocinonide 0.05% (Lidex-E® cream)
  • Fluticasone propionate. 0.005% (Cutivate® ointment)

Group 4 (IV) Mid-strength

  • Betamethasone valerate 0.12% (Luxiq® foam)
  • Fluocinolone acetonide 0.025% (Synalar® ointment)
  • Hydrocortisone valerate, 0.2% (Westcort® ointment)
  • Mometasone furoate 0.1% (Elocon® cream, lotion)
  • Triamcinalone acetonide 0.1%  (Kenalog® cream, ointment)

Group 5 (V) Lower mid-strength

  • Clocortolone pivalate, 0.1% (Cloderm® cream)
  • Fluocinolone acetonide 0.025% (Synalar® cream)
  • Fluticasone propionate 0.05% (Cutivate® cream)
  • Hydrocortisone valerate, 0.2% (Westcort® cream)
  • Mometasone furoate, 0.1% (Elocon® cream)
  • Prednicarbate, 0.1% (Dermatop® cream)

Group 6 (VI) Mild

  • Alclometasone dipropionate, 0.05% (Aclovate® cream)
  • Desonide, 0.05% (DesOwen® cream, lotion and ointment, LoKara® lotion, and Verdeso® foam)
  • Fluocinolone acetonide 0.01% (Capex® shampoo, Derma-Smoothe/FS® Oil)
  • Hydrocortisone butyrate, 0.1% (Locoid® cream and ointment)
  • Triamcinalone acetonide, 0.025% (Aristocort® A cream, Kenalog® ointment)

Group 7 (VII) Least potent

  • Hydrocortisone 1%, or 2.5%

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