Know the condition of “steroid-addicted skin” when used on the skin for too long.

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If you use a cream product that contains steroids on your skin for many years. May be at risk of skin addiction to steroids and can have serious effects on the skin

Know the condition of "steroid-addicted skin" when used on the skin for too long.

What are steroids?

steroids or steroids It is the name of a group of hormones that are produced by the adrenal glands within the human body. There are mainly 2 types: Cortisol and Aldosterone. In addition, when people under stress The body will secrete more steroids. 

Later, in modern medicine, synthetic steroids were created from the steroid cortisol, which is the body’s prototype steroid. to develop certain types of drugs Acts more powerfully, increasing the efficiency of treating certain diseases.

What types of medicines are there? containing steroids

Many modern medicines contain steroids as ingredients, such as 

  • medicine for treating allergies 
  • Oral inhaled asthma medicines include bedromethasone and budesonide. 
  • Eye drops, eye drops 
  • certain kidney disease medicines 
  • Medicine for treating arthritis ทางเข้า ufabet symptoms
  • Antihistamines

There are also many medicines that are steroids, both oral medicines, injections, inhalers, and topical medicines. All of these medicines must be under the supervision of a doctor and pharmacist.

Dangers from improper use of steroids

Most of the time, people who experience side effects from using steroids usually come from using steroids incorrectly, such as eating/using too much. Apply to too large an area of ​​skin. Eat/or use for too long, etc.

There are many dangers from steroids. It depends on the type of medicine used, for example, if it is an oral medicine, taking the medicine incorrectly may result in

  • Infections (drugs that suppress immune function) 
  • Have diabetes (medicines that increase blood sugar levels) 
  • There is swelling and high blood pressure. (Drugs cause the body to reduce water excretion. but increases fat accumulation on the face, back, and stomach) 
  • Osteoporosis (drugs interfere with bone formation)
  • Ulcers in the digestive tract
  • Wrinkled, thin skin
  • Cataract eyes
  • adrenal glands not functioning properly
  • Disturbing growth in children


Steroids in external skin medicines

Topical Steroids are steroid medicines for treating skin diseases that are commonly used, such as Dermovate, TAcream, Beta cream, Topicort, Prednisil cream. They are often bought to be used as skin creams in patients who have problems with: Skin diseases such as psoriasis Seborrheic dermatitis or sebaceous gland allergy Allergic dermatitis, sunburn, etc.

But there may be some groups of patients who use these drugs and are not effective. It may be caused by drug resistance, drug resistance, or after stopping the drug and then coming back again. This may come from buying the medicine yourself without consulting a doctor. or not following the doctor’s instructions strictly enough

Know the condition of “steroid-addicted skin”

If steroid medicine is used on the skin for a long time Steroid addiction may occur. When you stop taking the medicine, your face will be red and pimples will appear. This problem is very common because steroids are overused in clinics. Skin and beauty

In foreign countries, there are many different names for steroid-infected skin. Depending on the symptoms expressed, such as 

  • Red Skin Syndrome (RSS, red skin symptoms)
  • Topical Steroid Addiction (TSA, steroid addiction)
  • Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSW, symptoms after stopping steroids)

Causes of steroid addiction skin symptoms

Steroid-addicted skin is a weakened condition of the skin caused by

  • The use of steroids to treat certain skin problems such as allergic rashes and acne.
  • Using cosmetics for whitening the skin that contain certain types of ingredients
  • Applying steroids to others and forgetting to wash your hands

Symptoms of skin addicted to steroids

Before stopping taking steroids

  • Redness bounces back between application cycles.
  • The rash has spread to other parts of the body.
  • Very itchy, feels burning. Sometimes it’s like a needle.
  • Need more and more powerful steroids. To maintain good treatment results (Calms symptoms)
  • The symptoms of irritation from the allergic substance become more severe.

After stopping steroid medication

  • Skin is very red, similar to sunburn.
  • The skin is clearly peeling.
  • There is lymph.
  • There is swelling in the area that was directly and indirectly exposed to steroids.
  • Sensitive to the environment and activities such as water, movement, clothing, temperature, or even general moisturizers.
  • Eyes are dry and easily irritated.
  • The skin is wrinkled and darker in color. similar to elephant skin

Preventing steroid-related skin symptoms

  1. Don’t buy medicine and apply it yourself. Should be diagnosed to find the cause of the symptoms. Get the right medicine from your doctor. and strictly follow the instructions from the doctor
  2. In general, symptoms will improve within 1-2 weeks after using the medicine, then gradually reduce the use of medicine, such as changing to a milder type or reducing the number of times applied. (This must also be under the supervision of a doctor)
  3. Avoid applying the medicine to normal skin. without any symptoms
  4. Do not use more ointment than necessary. For example, if your doctor recommends applying it 2 times a day, you should apply it only 2 times. Applying the ointment more often than usual does not improve the efficiency of treatment. But it may cause drug resistance.
  5. Avoid using topical medicines in the medium and high potency groups. in amounts exceeding 45 grams per week in adults and not more than 15 grams per week in children
  6. If you buy medicine and apply it yourself If the symptoms of skin disease worsen while using the drug, you should stop the drug and immediately see a dermatologist.