Which medications in the drug class Corticosteroids are used in the treatment of Pseudofolliculitis of the Beard?

Updated: Feb 07, 2019
  • Author: Thomas G Greidanus, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Corticosteroids

These agents are used to reduce inflammation and irritation. These agents have anti-inflammatory properties and cause profound and varied metabolic effects. They modify the body's immune response to diverse stimuli.

Hydrocortisone 1% topical (Cortaid, Westcort, Colocort, Caldecort, Cortizone-10)

Hydrocortisone 1% topical cream is an adrenocorticosteroid derivative suitable for application to skin or external mucous membranes. It has mineralocorticoid and glucocorticoid effects, resulting in anti-inflammatory activity. It is effective when used topically on a short-term basis.

Eflornithine HCL (Vaniqa)

Oral eflornithine inhibits ornithine decarboxylase, which affects the rate of hair growth (anagen phase). It slows hair growth, and some reports indicate miniaturization of hair growth to areas treated. It may take 4-8 weeks for improvement; however, the condition may return to pretreatment levels 8 weeks after discontinuance of therapy.


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