What is steroid-induced rosacea?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Sometimes the use of topical steroid creams can result in symptoms that mimic rosacea. This condition is referred to as steroid-induced rosacea. Your doctor may prescribe a steroid cream to decrease skin inflammation or reduce acne-like lesions, papules, and pustules.

Steroid creams usually are more effective and safer than oral steroids, which are systemic and affect the entire body. Yet in some people, steroid creams can trigger rosacea flare-ups. The cream then worsens the rosacea symptoms. Talk to your doctor if you are on a steroid cream and it seems to be worsening your rosacea symptoms. Your doctor can switch to another treatment that may be more effective and allow your symptoms to ease.

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