Natural Skincare for Topical Steroid Withdrawal

Topical steroids are extremely common as both creams and ointments, and chances are you've used them before, or are using them now. Because they're commonly prescribed and available over the counter, topical steroids have become the go-to drug for dermatologists and those suffering from skin conditions such as dry skin and eczema. 

While some people can use these treatments without adverse effects, others may experience topical steroid withdrawal (TSW) after they stop using the cream or ointment. If you're suffering from topical steroid withdrawal, you should consider natural skincare. Read on to find out why.


What is Topical Steroid Withdrawal?

Topical steroid withdrawal, also known as Red Skin Syndrome, occurs as a skin reaction when one stops using topical steroids. This occurs most commonly in those that have used topical steroids for a prolonged period of time. 

TSW most commonly shows up as red skin that includes blisters and flaking. Other symptoms include fluid oozing from the skin, swelling, and can even affect other parts of the body, such as swollen lymph nodes and dry eyes. TSW can be physically and psychologically draining.


Treating Your TSW Skin Condition Naturally

Treating Topical Steroid Withdrawal is difficult because most treatments for dry, red, flaky skin involve topical steroids, which is what causes TSW in the first place. While some may recommend reintroducing topical steroids in a lesser amount and slowly reducing the usage, natural skincare seems to be the healthiest way.  

Moisturise Your Skin

The best way to combat dry, flaky skin is by moisturising. While many topical steroids promise to repair your skin, there's no substitute for natural ingredients which are effective at supporting a healthy skin barrier. 

Using a facial serum or body oil with natural botanical oils is the good way to keep your skin moisturised without irritating skin further during topical steroid withdrawal. 

Avoid Skin Irritants

Sometimes it's not what you put on your skin, but it's what you surround yourself with that can cause dry, irritating skin. Pollen, grass, hay, and dust can all be airborne skin irritants. Common household items such as latex and polyester can also cause red, irritated skin. Being aware of these and staying away from them can help your skin.

Treat Yourself

Oftentimes TSW eczema can cause mental stress, both from the constant itching and from worrying about the appearance of your skin. Taking some time to relax and refresh is good for both your skin and your mental health.

Take a spa day, or sit at home and use a face mask with natural ingredients. Your body and mind will thank you. 

Keeping Your Skin Naturally Healthy

Whether you're still suffering from topical steroid withdrawal or have recovered, it's important to keep your skin healthy with natural ingredients.

All of the skincare products at Five Dot Botanics are carefully crafted with natural botanicals so that your skin can feel its best without the risk of TSW eczema, dry skin, or other skin conditions. 

Treat your skin naturally and build a healthy skin barrier today.

February 24, 2022 — Five Dot