Did you know that use of topical hydrocortisone cream for such conditions as psoriasis, eczema / eczema children and dermatitis can cause a number of harmful side effects? This page will provide you with information about these effects that many doctors and health care practitioners, unfortunately fail to give you.
Harmful results of using steroid cream can affect children and adults alike including all ages. The fact is that most "over the counter" topical steroids can contain 1% of hydrocortisone while prescription steroid cream can contain much more. With over 3000 medically listed skin conditions, steroid creams are being prescribed in record amounts and greatly affecting the overall health of our families and friends!
Here's the scoop: Hydrocortisone is a steroid said to reduce inflammation and is sold extensively in over the counter skin ointments. Doctors can even prescribe larger doses, some of which can be given by injection in almost any part of the body. There is a great need to be wary about over the counter as well as prescribed creams.
Let me start by giving you a quick understanding of the function of skin structure. You see, your skin is designed to protect you from the world around you: from air pollution to murky lake water, as well as bacteria that are air born or exist on the things we touch and use everyday.
However, the cells aren't
impermeable which means that chemicals and bacteria can squeeze by and
penetrate sensitive or thin skin, causing an allergic reaction, and
dangerously flooding your bloodstream. When hydrocortisone cream is
used extensively it disrupts the natural acid mantle of the skin and can significantly thin or weaken the skin and
increase the chances of a number of viruses to infect human blood cells
and has even been known to cause blood poisoning.
Understand that steroids and hydrocortisone cream are absorbed at different rates from different parts of the body. A steroid or hydrocortisone cream prescribed for the face may not work on the palm. But a potent steroid may cause serious side effects on the face.
*Forearm absorbs 1%
*Armpit absorbs 4%
*Face absorbs 7%
*Eyelids and genitals absorb 30%
*Palm absorbs 0.1%
*Sole absorbs 0.05%(Note that steroid and hydrocortisone cream absorption in children may cause a delay in growth with long-term use!)
Then, when you apply hydrocortisone cream to sensitive spots such as the eyelids, armpits, and groin (all places where eczema, rashes, and allergic reactions are particularly common), skin is thinner and more folds exist, so skin hits skin more often causing medications to penetrate more deeply.
These areas are also prone to stretch marks, irritation, hypo-pigmentation (lightening), hyper-pigmentation and a crinkled appearance.
Continued use of topical steroid creams such as hydrocortisone cream can cause the skin to develop a resistance (called tachyplaxis) to the medication.
As a result, in order to have the desired medical effect, a stronger and more potent steroid or hydrocortisone cream may be needed, which may cause even more potential side effects.
These side effects include: thinning and discoloration of the skin (hypo or hyper pigmentation), easy bruising, permanent dilation of certain blood vessels, burn marks on skin, itchiness, perioral dermatitis, liver and kidney damage and a weakened immune system. Not only this, but when you stop using steroid creams this almost always produces what is known as a "Rebound Effect" or "Rebound Phenomenon". These terms refer to the tendency of some medications, when discontinued suddenly, to cause the return of the symptoms it relieved either in the same area or another area. Unfortunately, many times the symptoms return stronger than they were before treatment first began.
Studies have shown that if more than 500g of hydrocortisone (in hydrocortisone cream) is used per week, sufficient steroid may be absorbed through the skin to result in adrenal gland suppression and/or eventually Cushing's syndrome.
Topical steroids (including hydrocortisone cream)can suppress the production of natural steroids, which are essential for healthy living. Stopping the steroids suddenly may then result in illness.
If large amounts of steroid and hydrocortisone cream are absorbed through the skin, fluid retention, raised blood pressure, diabetes etc. may result.
So what's the answer to this problem? To promote healthy
skin and avoid harmful side effects use only natural, hypo-allergenic
and therapeutic creams.
Follow this 2 part plan:
1) Wash with only with a "non-soap" cleanser that is pure and gentle. It should be hypo-allergenic and contain only herbal ingredients that are organically grown.
Vitamin-derived antioxidants from plant sourced ingredients not only make the best ingredients for your "inside", but for your "outside" as well. A pure and gentle cleanser is just right for all skin types, conditions and ages.
2) Apply a therapeutic cream that is formulated to be hypo-allergenic and filled with only the best and healthful ingredients!
One of the main ingredients should be urea. This is a powerful “humectant” and actually unpacks dry, damaged cells 7 layers deep and binds water below the surface of the epidermis, right down to the stratus corneum, which is the skin building layer, allowing your sensitive skin to repair from “the bottom up”.
You see, only natural products are designed to truly repair problem skin (as well as greatly hydrate normal skin) and bring relief to psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis or any parched, itchy, red and cracked skin.
Healthful vitamins and herbal botanicals as well as the super emollient ingredient – shea butter - produce fast and highly effective results.
Below you will find a link to natural products that contain
absolutely NO hydrocortisone cream. These are the only products I
3 weeks ago I couldn't even bring my brand new baby girl outside without her
having an itchy and painful severe allergic reaction. The doctors didn't know what it was so they
told me to put hydrocortisone on her face every day. Put a Steroid on my NEW
baby's face EVERY time we go outside! Absolutely NOT!! I
researched for 48 hrs straight til I found a natural wash, the All Over Face
& Body Wash and cream called Face & Neck TheraCream that had worked
miracles for other people with similar reactions. I ordered both and after 3 uses we have been
outside all day every day for 3 days straight with NO reaction. These products worked after one
use.......after ONE use I could bring her out without a reaction when previously
her face would blister from being outside for not even five minutes. Aim 2
Health LLC ..... and their websites.....Skin-Remedies.com and Aim2Health.com.... Thank YOU! Not one bump or
blister, she has perfect skin when we go outside now. I will continue to purchase! Thank you so much!!! Tonya Hayes, NH
Hello Nanette, I must say that your product works wonders. My 5 month old daughter had eczema since she was 2 months old and I tried so many creams and did not see any results. Also, I applied hydrocortisone cream but saw that it made it worse! Your website had great information and it helped me to take care of my daughter's eczema better. I used your Face & Neck TheraCream and within a couple of days I started seeing results. Here are the before and after pictures that I took of my daughter. I will recommend your product to my friends and family!! Thank you,Samera
The My Daughter's Hand & Body TheraCream and the Double Strength TheraCream are AMAZING. When my 2 month old developed eczema so that his little cheeks and behind his knees, and random other spots were always raw, I tried anything and everything to avoid using steroids. After trying seemingly everything ($30+ lotions, every possible brand), I finally caved and started using hydrocortisone, because it was the only thing that helped. With continued research, I found that urea often helps... so I searched for lotion with urea and found Aim 2 Health. Thank goodness! I haven't had to use steroid cream since (and he's 3 now)! I use the My Daughter's Hand & Body TheraCream on both my kids daily, but if we go without for a couple days (usually when my husband is in charge) and they get a flare-up, we use the Double Strength TheraCream. LOVE these products. I don't have eczema, but it's my favorite lotion - so moisturizing and not at all greasy. Thank you so much!!! Anna Holden
We have been battling with my daughters severe eczema for about 2 months. Her skin from chin down would be so inflamed and irritated she would wake up screaming and crying. We tried every lotion and cream on the market as well as hydrocortisone cream. After the steroids discolored and began to thicken her skin we stopped it and began our search for a more natural remedy! Theracream Hand and Body cream has been our salvation! After 2 days of use she was sleeping 3-4 hrs at night and is just an all around happier baby! After a week of use her skin
is rash free and baby smooth again! I am so thankful to have found this product. My husband has also been using this on his face for dermatitis and his skin has cleared fully in 3 days. Much to his dermatologists surprise! We had not seen my daughters smile in two weeks because she was so uncomfortable but now she is all smiles, all the time... Thank you! Whitney, CA
Hi my name is Natalie and I ordered your product about 3 weeks ago. My son Gabriel who's only 15 months got this rash around his mouth and I thought it was from drooling, but the doctor said it was some type of dermatitis. He prescribed a hydrocortisone cream which made it worse! Then I found the Skin Remedies website and ordered the product immediately! Three weeks later my son's rash is almost gone! Thank you Aim to Health for your amazing product! Natalie Goffinet, USA
Letters to Nanette:
Coming from Germany, I believed in natural remedies. But over the years I got talked into using one hydrocortisone cream after another. Each stronger than the one before. Now after 30 years, I can barely touch something without my hands or fingers splitting open. I tried your recommendation and my skin is much better. I know that after all those years it will take time to repair but I know I am in the right direction with your natural recommendations. G.G.,Barrington, IL
When I spoke to you about how the hydrocortisone cream I was using on my baby's stomach just wasn't working you advised me to stop using it on her immediately. Well, not only did these horrible steroid creams not work but they left burn marks on her little tummy and I was literally in tears. You told me what products you recommended and I started using them on her as fast as I could. Her skin condition is healed and the burn marks are now barely visible. I wish I had known earlier what I know now from our conversations.....thank you from the bottom of my heart! Charlene P., Iowa
First I would like to thank you for the quick response. I absolutely love your site and feel that it's one of, if not the best site on the Web for educating people about the right products, reasons why, and general information about one's skin. I have referred everyone i know to your site. I personally thank you for having a passion not only for natures way, but for giving people another opportunity to better themselves. Sincerely, Michael Miller, PA
My 6 month old baby developed a very bad rash on her head and would scratch at it constantly. I tried some steroid cream my doctor prescribed but after 3 days her eczema got worse! I found your website and ordered the FACE & BODY WASH and the HAND & BODY THERACREAM. In just 5 days her eczema was nearly gone!! I can't say enough about your products....thank you!! Salena, New Jersey
Last year I developed a rash under my eyes and I was promptly prescribed hydrocortisone cream. It didn't help much and the doctor referred me to see a dermatologist. I was told to keep using the hydrocortisone and I was discharged. As the steroid cream didn't help I searched the internet for another remedy and that's how I came across a product called Magicream. It claims it only contains natural ingredients and it promised to clear up my rash. I was so excited! I have recently found out that the cream in fact contains Clobetasol Propionate and Ketoconazole. I was devastated to find this out especially since side effects include red spots and a burning sensation! When I stopped using the cream the side effects were terrible - I don't need to tell you as you know how the withdrawal of steroid can affect ones face. I then did a search on line and found your website which made so much sense and helped me to understand what was happening with my skin. I ordered the Face & Body Wash and the Face & Neck TheraCream and I have been symptom FREE ever since. Thank you from a once frustrated person!! Trish Managold, UK
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