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How To Apply Dovobet Gel?

Dovobet gel is a type of topical treatment for people with certain types of psoriasis. Applying Dovobet gel correctly can minimise side effects and reduce itching, redness, and scaly patches caused by psoriasis.

Usage/Application of Dovobet Gel (How to)

One gram of Dovobet gel contains 0.5 mg of betamethasone and 50 micrograms of calcipotriol. You should use the gel once a day. You only need a thin layer of Dovobet gel for it to work.

How to Apply Dovobet Gel

To apply Dovobet gel:

  1. Wash your hands before use.
  2. If you have scalp psoriasis, gently comb your hair before each use to remove any loose skin.
  3. Shake the bottle before removing the cap.
  4. Squeeze a small amount of gel onto the finger and rub it gently into the affected areas.
  5. Wash your hands well after using Dovobet gel.

Avoid showering for at least 30 minutes afterwards, but ideally for longer.

Who can use Dovobet Gel?

Who should apply Dovobet gel:

  • People with mild to moderate plaque psoriasis (also known as psoriasis vulgaris).
  • People with scalp psoriasis.

Who should avoid using Dovobet Gel:

  • You’re under 18.
  • You have an allergy to any of the ingredients.
  • You have open wounds, infected skin, or another medical condition that affects the skin where your psoriasis patches are.

For any other health conditions or medications, consult with a healthcare professional before using Dovobet gel for the first time.

How much Dovobet Gel is to be used?

If you’re not sure how much to apply, up to 1 teaspoon is usually enough to cover an affected area. You only need a thin layer, which should be rubbed in. Your dosage may vary depending on the severity of your psoriasis but always follow your doctor’s instructions.

Do not use more than 15 grams of Dovobet gel in a day.

To make sure you’re using the correct amount of Dovobet gel, apply a small amount to the finger and rub it in evenly before squeezing out more.

Optimal Timing

Knowing when to apply Dovobet gel can be helpful in getting the most from your treatment.

When is the Best Time to Apply Dovobet Gel?

You might find it easiest to apply Dovobet gel in the evening, so it has time to sit on your skin without having to shower.

How Often Should Dovobet Gel Be Applied?

You should apply Dovobet gel once per day.

Where to Apply Dovobet Gel

Only apply Dovobet gel on the affected areas of your skin.

Do not apply Dovobet gel to:

  • large areas of damaged/broken skin
  • mucous membranes (e.g. the nose and mouth)
  • skin folds, such as the armpits, under the breasts, or the groin
  • your face or genitals

Special Considerations

If you have severe psoriasis, this treatment may not be suitable for you. If you’re pregnant, there’s a chance you are pregnant, or you’re breastfeeding, speak to a doctor before using Dovobet gel.

After application of Dovobet gel:

  • Avoid smoking, naked flames, UV lights, and excessive sunbathing.
  • Do not bandage, cover, or wrap the skin.


Dovobet gel is applied once a day and you only need a thin layer for it to be effective. Rub it gently into your skin. Applying Dovobet gel in the evening can be easier, as you should avoid showering straight after.

Consult a healthcare professional for personalised advice about using Dovobet gel on your psoriasis and how much Dovobet gel you should use. You can also find additional resources and support on psoriasis on our website, and order Dovobet gel.


Authored By

Hannah Aitken

Medical Content Writer
Hannah is a medical content writer who utilises her nursing expertise alongside her passion for writing healthcare content.

Published on: 27/03/2024

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Mohamed Imran Lakhi

MPharm - Lead Pharmacist
Imran Lakhi is the superintendent pharmacist and founder at Prescription Doctor. He has been at the core of our team.

Reviewed on: 27/03/2024
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