Topical Steroid Withdrawal

Do you use a topical steroid cream on your skin for eczema, psoriasis, or another skin condition? Is your skin continuing to get worse over time? If your skin is getting worse, you may be experiencing the side effects of topical steroid addiction, commonly referred to as “red skin syndrome” or topical steroid withdrawal.

People with conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, which fall under the scope of atopic dermatitis, are often prescribed topical corticosteroids as treatment. Because not all cases of eczema and psoriasis are the same, some patients may need a stronger dose to deal with an unresponsive rash. Unfortunately, in some cases the cause of the worsening rash turns out to be the topical corticosteroid that was prescribed as the treatment!

Diagnosis of Topical Steroid Withdrawal:

Before identifying the topical corticosteroid as the culprit of the worsening condition, it is important to consider other causes, such as hidden allergens and photoallergic conditions. People suffering from symptoms of topical steroid withdrawal should undergo skin testing and blood work-ups to rule out other causes as the treatment will depend on the diagnosis.

In someone suffering from topical steroid withdrawal, a thorough physical examination of the skin will reveal that their lesions have a different appearance than classical eczema or psoriasis. A key tip in the diagnosis of topical steroid withdrawal is the general skin vasodilation caused by nitric oxide in the blood vessels, which are a downstream result of the corticosteroids being used to treat the skin. Steroids constrict blood vessels and the body reacts by vasodilating, hence the name “Red Skin Syndrome.”

How do I know if I am addicted to topical steroids and have Red Skin Syndrome?

The International Topical Steroid Addiction Network (ITSAN) has put together a list of several signs and symptoms that may point to topical steroid withdrawal. You may only have one or two from the list below and still have Red Skin Syndrome.

  • You have uncontrollable, spreading eczema.
  • You used topical steroids regularly for a period of time (weeks, months, or years).
  • Topical steroids stopped working on your eczema. You need stronger topical steroids to get the same result as the first prescription.
  • When you stop using topical steroid medication, your skin experiences one or more of the following symptoms: redness, burning, itching, skin is hot to the touch, swelling, and/or oozing.
  • After many allergy/irritant tests, your physician still cannot uncover what is causing the problem.
  • You did a skin biopsy and the results showed spongiotic dermatitis or nothing noteworthy.


Treatment of Topical Steroid Withdrawal:

The treatment is seemingly obvious- stop using the corticosteroid cream and the symptoms will eventually go away. Unfortunately, it can take several months, even years, for all of the symptoms to subside. For anyone who has had to live with “red skin syndrome” the symptoms can be severely debilitating. The management of severe itching, pain, burning and anxiety is imperative to the well-being of the patient.

Sweet Bee Magic is a tried and tested treatment option for the symptoms of topical steroid withdrawal such as severe itching, pain, and burning of the skin. By alleviating these uncomfortable and often times debilitating symptoms, you can live your life free of anxiety and discomfort so that you can get back to the active, healthy life that you deserve.

In a study performed in conjunction with ITSAN, patients reported that after using Sweet Bee Magic for their Topical Steroid Withdrawal, they experienced significant improvement in all symptoms related to the disorder including:

  • Dryness level reduced by 38%
  • Discomfort level reduced by 52%
  • Limitations on normal activities reduced by 55%
  • On average, moisture lasted between 1.5-4 hours.

Participants of the study could not stop raving about how effective Sweet Bee Magic is:

“I did not have to worry about my face getting dry during the day (this is the one place that you can not hide from anybody). And if that happened, which towards the end of using SBM did not, I would apply a little to the most dry areas on my face. I really loved the little tiny container that you sent and I have it now in my purse.”

 “I would not have been able to go to work though the worst periods of Topical Steroid withdrawal if it were not for Sweet Bee Magic. I would slather my face with it as soon as I woke up in the morning, and then I would be able to apply makeup once it had soaked in to cover the horrible redness and scabbing. This wasn’t possible with Vaseline because it doesn’t ever soak in, just sits on the skin. Thank goodness for Sweet Bee Magic!”

“I love it! It makes my skin so supple and smooth, and I feel great using it because it’s all natural. I plan to continue using it after my Topical Steroid Withdrawal is over, too. It’s also worth noting that both my mother and my sister (neither of whom are going through Topical Steroid Withdrawal) tried Sweet Bee Magic while they were visiting and loved it so much that they each ordered some for themselves!”

“My son would request, in a 3 year old’s language, “Mommy, u da bee wo-un” which translated is “Mommy, use the bee lotion!” Thank you for allowing us to participate in this trial and for partnering with ITSAN. ITSAN has truly saved my son’s life, and our family’s sanity. Thanks for being part of our journey.”

How Sweet Bee Magic Targets Symptoms of Topical Steroid Withdrawal:

Sweet Bee Magic directly targets the main components of topical steroid withdrawal to offer optimal healing, protection, and rejuvenation. Not only does it provide immediate cooling relief from debilitating symptoms of topical steroid withdrawal, Sweet Bee Magic continues to treat the affected area through unique antimicrobial and nourishing components not found in any other product!

  • Heals the skin with immediate and lasting moisture
  • Soothes and relieves the red inflamed skin
  • Delivers optimal cellular nutrition to ensure optimal healing of the skin
  • Protects the skin from harmful bacteria
  • Restores the appearance of healthy, beautiful skin

Sweet Bee Magic is certified organic by the CCOF. Free of synthetic dyes, fragrances, preservatives, parabens, sulfates, soy and petroleum.

The science behind our products:


“We use a breakthrough 45 day flavonoid compounding process to bind medicinal honey with rare ancient forest propolis. The defensive proteins in the propolis, harvested by honeybees from the resin of ancient trees, bind with the unique sugars found in our medicinal honeys to dramatically increase their potency and bioavailability. The result is our miracle Melexylem™ that powers all of Medicine Mama’s organic skincare products.”

- Donna Steinmann / Creator of Sweet Bee Magic – Published Skin Health and Beauty Expert

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