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Skin Care Blog

Steroid Creams Reduce Itch And Inflammation. But Are They Good For Our Skin?

As the cornerstone and first-line treatment of several skin diseases, we typically use steroid creams to quickly soothe itchiness and reduce skin inflammation caused by certain conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

For the past 5 decades, people have been using steroid creams to treat itchy skin and many other skin diseases. Unfortunately, due to their inability to create a lasting effect on the underlying cause of inflammation, steroid creams can only give a temporary ease and not a permanent cure.

Many of us tend to rely greatly on these ‘magical’ creams as we all know that steroid creams can be very effective to help reduce the likelihood of infections that may want to occur or spread on our skin due to the results of scratching. We apply large amount of it onto our skin once rashes appears as we are afraid and dread to go through the irritating itchy cycle once again.

It is true that steroid creams sure do work amazingly, but are there any underlying side effects that are hurting our skin as well?

What Is Steroid Creams?

Also known as corticosteroids (topical steroids), steroid creams include clobetasol, fluocinonide, triamcinolone, and hydrocortisone. These creams work by suppressing our immune system and preventing skin cells from producing certain chemicals that cause inflammations such as dermatitis. A variety of triggers is also responsible for the release of these inflammation-causing chemicals.

Steroid creams come in different potent and strengths - ranging from potent to very potent to mild and moderate. Side effects are more common in high-potency prescriptions.  Although lower potency creams does not hurt our skin as much as the higher ones, a daily use of these creams for several consecutive weeks may lead to undesirable skin thinning problems as well.

Steroids Results To The Thinning Of Our Skin.

No doubts, the regular use of steroid creams on thin, sensitive areas such as the folds of our skin, genital areas, and our eyelids could lead to thinning of the skin. It is always recommended to use the lowest strength preparation that is effective enough to minimize the risk of these side effects. While milder steroid creams can be used longer, it is advisable to only use very potent steroids for short periods.

People who often witness side effects are usually those who fail to use steroid creams correctly. It is important to apply the cream thinly and evenly only on those areas of skin that are affected. This is a great way of minimizing the amount our skin absorbs into our body.

It is also important to note that many of these topical steroids have different functions for different parts of the body. For instance, a higher-potency steroid cream may be recommended on the trunk while a lower-potency steroid may be used on a more sensitive area like the face. Since there are different types and functions of steroid creams available, it is recommended for us to adhere strictly to the instructions given by our dermatologist.

Best Practice - Observe Your Skin Always!

Always observe your steroids prescription application process with a skin specialist as many problems may occur from an unmonitored use of high dose steroids. Excessive usage may lead to pigmentation problems, high risk of sun damage or the skin can become susceptible to environmental and chemicals factors. The application process should generally be minimized to a few short weeks, and applied twice a day only.

Bearing these factors in mind, we think it is better to stick with natural plant-based creams since topical steroids could pose serious health concerns. Natural plant-based creams like EZEQUE offer safer alternatives for consumers who prefer to avoid steroidal prescriptions. Not only are they 100% natural, EZEQUE also effectively relieve itchiness alomst immediately. Providing minimal or even no side effects, they are well-liked by many eczema sufferers nowadays.