How to Heal Skin Damage from Steroid Creams
hi how are you?
i hope if you could help me my skin has been damaged by steroid creams in the past on my face,its left it really thin,red,dry sensitive,is their anything which you can recommend i should do to help normalize my skin,externally and internally what i can take?hope to hear from you soon thanks and take care
I am so sorry to hear about your experience of skin damage from steroid creams. That sounds very painful and it must be very difficult, especially in cold and dry weather.
Yes, some people experience skin damage from using steroids, both from steroid creams and also by taking steroid medications.
Your skin gets thin and it tears and bruises easily. Sometimes it takes a while for the bruises to heal.
This is a very sad situation, and medical science has not yet found a way to reverse the skin damage caused by steroids.
I don't know what would help, but if I had this kind of skin damage I'd start by using only really, really gentle skin care products
... no allergens or toxins at all.
Try to find products which provide a protective barrier on the skin. I recommend products with shea butter such as the Cleure products
which are the gentlest products I've found and the ONLY ones I know of that are BOTH hypoallergenic (free from plant allergens) and also non-toxic and do not contain irritating chemicals that can cause skin inflammation. (Please see our safe cosmetics
page for more information on this.
These products can can provide a safe layer of protection on the skin without being greasy. What I would recommend of this product line is first the basic facial pack
which is extremely gentle and also effective at helping the skin to heal. It will not irritate your skin and it has several ingredients that provide protection for the skin and also enhance the skin's ability to rejuvenate.
Second I would recommend that you add to this their emu oil
which goes on light and will not clog pores. It also contains vitamin E which also is helpful in restoring damaged skin. I have tried some other brands of emu oil but the Cleure oil has a much lighter and cleaner feeling to it.
For body care, the
, combined with the emu oil will provide protection and help your skin to heal.
There are some natural and dietary approaches
you can try, which will help to strengthen your body's natural self healing mechanisms. Since each of us is so unique, you will need to experiment to see what works best for your body.
First, since you are very sensitive, please do a skin test
before each new product you try before you put it on your face or body. Also be careful with anything you take internally ... don't use too much, and if at all possible, try just one new thing at a time.
These are tips that I've learned from other people who have experienced skin damage from steroids.
Some people say that Evening Primrose Oil can be helpful by gently massaging onto your skin. Some people have a reaction to this oil which is why I recommend the emu oil
as it has natural anti-flammatory properties and I've never heard of anyone having a reaction to it.Gentle message
twice a day can stimulate the skin and help restore some elasticity.
I would recommend also facial exercise
which helps increase the blood flow to your skin. You'll need to go gently so you don't further irritate your skin.
Some people recommend pure Vitamin e oil
. This is included in the Cleure emu oil
Some people and also some doctors recommend wheatgrass juice
, both taken internally and also applied to your face. Again, you'll need to skin test all these things. Wheatgrass helps activate growth factors in the skin at the cellular level.
Fresh wheatgrass juice is probably best, but some people say that using a concentrate or powder works well too and has more of the essential ingredients.
When you drink it, hold the liquid in your mouth for two or three minutes so your body can absorb the nutrients.
I would recommend a good overall natural health program for your body that includes LOTS of naturally occurring antioxidants, which can help nourish and rejuvenate your skin.
I've covered some basic steps in our free eCourse, which you are welcome to request if you haven't already, here: Natural Beauty Secrets for Sensitive Skin
Does anyone else have any additional suggestions to help skin damaged from steroids to heal?