Can topical steroids be applied at the same time as emollients?

· London and South-East Regional Medicines Information

This updated Q&A finds that the optimal order and timing of application of emollients and topical steroids is not known, as there is a lack of good quality evidence in this area. There is general agreement from professional bodies that there should be an interval of at least several minutes between application of the two; some suggest up to 30 minutes, but acknowledge this may not always be practical. There is however a lack of guidance on which should be applied first, and further studies are required to clarify this issue.

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