Applying several creams at the same time, how do I do that?

When you are prescribed multiple creams for a dermatological treatment, it can sometimes be a challenge to understand which cream to use at what time. It can be confusing to distinguish the different creams and know which one is specifically for which symptom or problem. Fortunately, we can help by providing an overview of the three different groups of creams and how your doctor may have intended them.


Base creams (skin care)

These creams are designed to improve the basic condition of the skin and can be especially helpful for people with dry skin that is easily irritated. Applying these creams to the skin as often as necessary throughout the day can keep the skin hydrated and protect it from external influences that can worsen the skin condition. It is even possible to use these ointments on irritated areas to soothe and protect the skin. Examples of these creams are soothing cream and Cetomacrogolis cream. More about the differences between lotion, cream and ointment.

Anti-inflammatory creams (or ointments)

Hormonal creams are a common treatment for a variety of skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis These creams often contain corticosteroids, which have anti-inflammatory and itch-relieving properties. It is important to use hormonal creams only once a day, preferably before going to bed, so that the cream can penetrate the skin well throughout the night and provide optimal results.

However, it is important to know that these creams can make the skin more sensitive to the sun. Therefore, when exposed to the sun, it is recommended to cover the treated areas or use a sunscreen with a high SPF factor.

When using hormonal creams, it is also important to follow the instructions of the doctor or pharmacist and not to exceed the prescribed dose. Excessive use can lead to side effects such as skin discoloration, thinning of the skin and even stunted growth in children.

Examples of hormonal creams are hydrocortisone cream, triamcinolone cream and elocon fat cream. However, it is important to know that these creams are prescription only and should only be used under the supervision of a doctor or dermatologist.

More about hormonal creams

Antibacterial creams (or ointments)

When the skin is damaged or if there is eczema, the skin’s immune system can be weakened, making it easier for bacteria to enter the skin. In addition to using the creams mentioned earlier, in some cases it may be necessary to also apply an antibacterial ointment or cream to fight the infection. It is recommended to use this ointment or cream twice a day for optimal effect.

A useful tip is to first cleanse the skin with water and then apply the cream before breakfast and after dinner. An example of an effective antibacterial cream is Fusidine cream. With the regular use of this cream, the bacterial infection can be effectively treated and the damaged skin or eczema can recover faster.

If you leave it on for 20-30 minutes between two application times, all creams can always absorb and work well. When in doubt, it is always wise to consult your doctor.

All Iconic Elements skin care products are suitable to combine with your treatment.

Creams Iconic Elements

While you are here

When I talk about hormone-based ointments, I notice that patients sometimes feel a bit uncomfortable. Many questions then arise, such as: is it not harmful to my skin? Won’t it make my skin thin? Won’t it make my face swollen? These are very legitimate questions and concerns. But with proper use and guidance from a doctor, it is safe and can bring a lot of improvement in complaints.

What exactly is hormone ointment? Hormone ointments (corticosteroids) are substances found in ointments, creams or lotions that contain a derivative form of cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone produced in the adrenal glands that regulates important processes in the body. On the skin it acts as an anti-inflammatory, for example in psoriasis, eczema or lichen planus. It is important to realize that there are different classes of hormone ointments (from class 1 to 4), which vary in strength. Class 1 is the weakest and class 4 the strongest. More on this: how do you apply a hormone ointment?

Picture of Dr. Francis Wu

Dr. Francis Wu

Dr. Francis Wu, een vooraanstaande dermatoloog, is de drijvende kracht achter Iconic Elements. Hij heeft sinds 2004 zijn expertise ingezet om een veilige en effectieve huidverzorgingslijn te creëren, geschikt voor zowel gezonde huid als huidproblemen. Iconic Elements, opgericht in 2016, is de eerste brede skincare lijn in Nederland ontwikkeld door een dermatoloog. Als medisch specialist streeft Dr. Wu naar het bevorderen van het welzijn van mensen door hoogwaardige en effectieve huidverzorgingsproducten te bieden. De proefdiervrije en vegan producten vermijden schadelijke chemicaliën en bevatten natuurlijke ingrediënten.
Iconopedia nieuwsbrief


Schrijf je in op onze nieuwsbrief voor meer informatie over huidverzorging en exclusieve voordelen.