Over-the-counter hydrocortisone is the lowest-potency steroid cream available, but could cause thinning of the skin if used daily for many consecutive weeks. This is especially true if steroid cream is used on thin, sensitive skin such as the eyelids, genital areas, or the folds of the skin.
Is skin thinning from steroid cream reversible?
In normal regular use skin thinning is unlikely and, if it does occur, it often reverses when the topical steroid is stopped. With long-term use of topical steroid the skin may develop permanent stretch marks (striae), bruising, discolouration, or thin spidery blood vessels (telangiectasias).
What helps thinning skin caused by steroids?
Using creams that contain vitamin A, also known as retinol or retinoids, may help to prevent skin from thinning further. Retinol creams are available in drugstores or online as cosmetic products. Research published in 2018 suggests that in some cases retinol may help to normalize skin thickness.
What are side effects of steroid creams?
Side effects of topical corticosteroids
- worsening or speading of a skin infection you already have.
- inflamed hair follicles (folliculitis)
- thinning of the skin, which can make the affected skin more vulnerable to damage; for example, you may bruise more easily.
How do you reverse steroid induced skin atrophy?
In dermatological practice, topical retinoids are used to help reverse skin atrophy caused by sun exposure or corticosteroid use.
Why is my skin suddenly so thin?
Fragile or thin skin that tears easily is a common problem in older adults. Aging, sun exposure and genetics all play a role in thinning skin. Certain medications, such as long-term use of oral or topical corticosteroids, also can weaken the skin and blood vessels in the skin.
How do you recover from steroid cream side effects?
Steroids usually work well at treating skin conditions. But people who use steroids long-term may develop red skin syndrome (RSS).
Common over-the-counter options include:
- itch relievers, such as antihistamines.
- pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil)
- antibacterial ointment.
How can I naturally thicken my skin?
To thicken your skin naturally, eat foods rich in vitamin C, E, and A, like oranges, which will repair skin tissue and increase collagen production. Additionally, you can strengthen collagen by taking 50 mg of borage seed oil or fish oil supplements every day.
Does skin recover after steroid cream?
“It can present as either red, burning skin or as a spotty/bumpy rash. It normally develops days to weeks after stopping treatment following prolonged overuse of a potent topical steroid preparation.” Unfortunately, people experiencing these symptoms may find recovery a slow process.
How can I stop my skin from thinning?
Preventing thin skin
- Apply sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, every day, to all skin not covered by clothing.
- Avoid tanning and tanning beds.
- Quit smoking.
- Eat a well-balanced diet.
- Drink less alcohol, which is very dehydrating.