While the word “steroid” is mostly thought of as bad, mostly due to the bodybuilding industry, there are steroids being used in the medical industry all the time. Question is, are these medical steroids treatments good or bad?
What Steroids are used to Treat Rosacea?
When anyone says steroids, what comes to mind are needles, needles, needles. However, the steroids used to treat rosacea are actually… cream solutions. Exactly. No needles, no “pain” associated with steroids, nothing. To be exact, they are called topical steroids. And while in bodybuilding, steroids are used to give you an advantage, they don’t really give you an advantage with treating rosacea.
All of these steroids are problematic. Once you begin using these for treating, you might actually notice an improvement with your rosacea outbreaks. However, the issue is that very soon steroid atrophy begins (skin cells begin dying), and you may actually start to look much older as your skin thins. So the “steroid” tag is there for a reason. While it might be decent to use for a very short while, you should have a long term plan in mind, and steroids aren’t it.
Steroids Can Cause You To Develop Steroid Induced Rosacea
Did you know that steriods themselves can cause Rosacea?
The so called cure for rosacea is actually the worst cause for it?
While any sane doctor will not prescribe this medication for a long period of time or for this condition, it is recommended to not ever use this method of treating, especially since there are much safer, much cheaper and much longer lasting methods of doing so.
What happens is that your blood vessels become irritated during usage. Luckily enough, a immediate halt of usage almost always fixes the problem and within a month or 2 your skin will return back to it’s normal state.
Are there any Safer and Long Term alternatives?
There are 2 ways that you can try and contain rosacea, as by itself it is an uncurable conditon.
- Laser Surgery – while not recommended, it is a possibility. Usually done with the IP laser, it damages the veins and makes them less red, thus removing the “blushing” problem that most of those with rosacea have. However, the downside of lasers is that it is very expensive (500 $ +) and because there is no permanent treatment, will require regular visits, so unless you are prepared to pay a 500$ bill once every 2 or 3 months, this is not the treatment for you.
- OTC Cream treatments – rosacea is essentially an inflammation of skin on your face area. These cream solutions have ingredients with anti-inflammatory properties, which will contain the redness and blushing outbreaks, not to mention no pain and embarrassment from them..