Remedy for Damaged Skin Caused by Steroid Cream?

About 7 years ago, I was told by a dermatologist to use a steroid cream to help with uneven skin tone on my cheeks. I applied it all over my face and as a result have extremely thin skin now.

My face looks like a deflated ball. My skin is very loose, stretchy and heavily creased when I make facial expressions. Is there any way I can thicken my skin and regain it's natural appearance, texture and firmness? All help is greatly appreciated.

Doctor Answers 1


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There has been some work, way back in 1985 by Leydan, that using an alpha-hydroxy acid such as Lac-Hydrin prevented some of the atrophy associated with topical steroid use. You might try that.

Usually stopping the topical steroid squelches this problem, but I see in your case it has not.

Virginia Beach Dermatologist

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