Steroid dermatitis resembling rosacea: aetiopathogenesis and treatment

S Ljubojeviae, A Basta-Juzbasiae, J Lipozenèiae
Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV 2002, 16 (2): 121-6

BACKGROUND: Corticosteroids were first introduced for topical use in dermatology in 1951. Since then uncontrolled use (abuse) has caused many different reactions, often with manifestations resembling those of rosacea.

OBJECTIVE: The prolonged use of local corticosteroids (usually 2-6 months) may lead to a clinical picture of severe dermatitis with erythema, papules and pustules that are classified according their localization to three types. The treatment of choice is tetracycline in combination with local application of neutral ointments.

CONCLUSIONS: Trivial skin dermatoses, especially on the face, should not be treated with local corticosteroids.

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