Abusing topical steroids will destroy your skin barrier
After almost 20 years of using topical steroids as her everyday skincare routine, they stopped working. Then Christine went through topical steroid withdrawal.
Topical corticosteroid withdrawal is what it sounds like — when someone stops using steroid cream, and their skin turns to sh*t. There’s two types of TSW:
1: Red burning skin — occurs from topical steroid abuse and steroid dermatitis
2: Papulopustular — small, raised pimple and pustules – small pus-filled blister from steroid rosacea and perioral/periorificial dermatitis.
Symptoms flare from weeks to days after stopping high-potency topical corticosteroid usage and can be a beast to manage. We recently met Christine from @mysavingface who is a TSW survivor, now on the other side. Here’s her story.