Seborrheic Dermatitis Hydrocortisone and Topical Steroids
Cortisone (hydrocortisone) is a steroid which suppresses the reactions in the body that causes redness, swelling & inflammation. It’s often prescribed by dermatologists to help treat individuals suffering from a wide range of ailments including seborrheic dermatitis. Corticosteroids come in the form of ointments, gels & creams. As a temporary “quick fix” corticosteroids initially work, but the problem is seborrheic dermatitis is a life long condition meaning you would be using the corticosteroids indefinitely at a regrettable cost. If you stop corticosteroid use the sebderm will inevitably return. Additionally, the longer you use the corticosteroids the less effective it becomes. Corticosteroids basically masks the problems while doing long term damage to your skin in the process, talk about a double whammy! The dangers of continual use of corticosteroids include steroid atrophy, eye damage, steroid dependency and perioral dermatitis.
Steroid induced atrophy: Any cortisone topical will eventually thin the skin if used long enough. If used for a prolonged period the skin thinning will be permanent! To make matters worse, there is no way to reverse this damage done. Skin atrophy can also be seen as wrinkling of the skin, broken capillaries and general weakening of the skin. Moreover, other parts of the body can develop stretch marks.
Damage to the eyes: Applying corticosteroid topical on the face is dangerous to your eyes. As it absorbs into the skin the corticosteroids gravitates towards the eyes which can thin the cornea. On top of that corticosteroids can cause cataracts.
Steroid dependency: Permanent use of cortisone can cause skin “addiction.” The possible impact of this is worsening skin inflammation which can gradually worsen at each successive attempt to stop corticosteroid use.
Perioral Dermatitis: In some cases, corticosteroids can cause a rash called Perioral Dermatitis. This unpleasant rash can develop around the nose and mouth and tends to form itchy pimple like bumps and blisters. The rash worsens once you try to stop using the corticosteroids and it is unsightly to look at.
The reason why people use corticosteroids is because it shows immediate results . It is a last ditch effort for those desperate enough to throw caution to the wind, however it’s only a band aid fix. I believe one can find the right treatment without having to feel the need to use any corticosteroids. Avoid topical corticosteroid products and save your skin!!!