Aveeno 1% Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Cream (Dermatocare Reviews)

Aveeno 1% Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Cream (Dermatocare Reviews)




Aveeno 1% Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Cream is over-the-counter (OTC) steroid cream, thus it should not be mistaken as anti-itch formula. It can be used for soothing red and itchy skin due to eczema, psoriasis, lichen planus, insect bite, sunburn, etc. Before I discuss pros and cons of this cream, let us understand when you should NOT use it without consulting doctor:

  • Any rash that you are not sure what it could be.
  • Any rash that has pus discharge or pain indicating infection
  • Fungal infections,
  • Boils and other bacterial infections
  • Diaper dermatitis with super added skin infections,
  • Infants, and toddlers
  • On face for more than 7 days.
  • On body for more than 2 weeks

Remember this golden rule while using steroids “Discontinue use of steroid cream if you do not see improvement after 7 days of continuous use or immediately if you notice flare-up”

Let us see the Pros and cons of hydrocortisone cream from Aveeno in comparison to the other top-selling brands.


  • Aveeno 1% Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Cream has Oats in the form of kernel extract, flour extract, and oil to reduce the itching sensation on your skin along with aloe vera.
  • Most hydrocostisone brands available OTC in US have Parabens as preservative. Aveeno scores higher because it has only one compound of Parabens, unlike other brands that contain 2 or even 3 compounds of Parabens as preservatives.
  • It has less irritating ingredients compared to other brands. Top-selling brands have irritants like retinyl palmitate, Sodium lauryl sulfate that can do more harm than good to the skin condition for which you would use hydrocortisone.


  • It has Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) extract that can help in relieveing itching. However, Feverfew can cause contact dermatitis, thus this cream should not be used by those who are prone to plant dermatitis especially parthenium dermatitis.
  • It has benzyl alcohol that can cause nonimmunologic contact urticaria and nonimmunologic immediate contact reactions. Thus, it was concluded that these ingredients could be used safely at concentrations up to 5%, but that manufacturers should consider the nonimmunologic phenomena when using these ingredients in cosmetic formulations designed for infants and children. This cream or for that matter any steroid should be used with caution in kids.


Ingredient Type: Has both natural and synthetic ingredients.
Harmful Ing.: Methyl paraben
EWG : Not found
Comedogenic Ing.: Isopropyl Myristate
Irritating Ing.: None
Fragrances: None
Active Ing.:

Hydrocortisone is mild steroid that can help many skin problems but judicious use is warranted to avoid steroid induced side effects.

Base Ing.:
Ingredient list: Active: Hydrocortisone 1%. Inactive: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Ceteareth20, Isostearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Palmitate, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Citric Acid, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyltrimethysiloxysilicate Crosspolymer, Dimethyl Mea, Glycerin, Isopropyl Myristate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Methylparaben, Peg40 Stearate, Potassium Lactate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Water. May Also Contain: Sodium Hydroxide.