Topical Steroids on the Face?

You should never use topical steroids on the face for long periods of time unless prescribed by your doctor for a specific disease!

Topical steroids, sometimes even pharmacy hydrocortisone cream, over time can thin the skin, increase the tiny red blood vessels and redness, impair your skin’s natural immune system function, and can cause or aggravate rosacea. They should be used on the face sparingly, and for short periods (a week or two) only unless directed by your dermatologist.

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Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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