Question : I have some patches of dry skin on my face which have proved very difficult to shift. My friend has told me that you can get hydrocortisone cream over the counter now. Do you think this would help? Answer : You can buy one per cent hydrocortisone cream without a doctor's prescription. But, it should not be used on your face unless you have taken a doctor's advice. Facial skin is very sensitive and too much of the cream can permanently damage it.