Steroids have been helpful in treating itchy or irritated skin. It was commonly used to care for eczema, an allergic skin condition that causes itchiness and redness in various parts of the body. Even though categorized as a noncontiguous inflammation of the skin it is needed to be treated immediately to prevent other areas from getting infected. Steroid creams are classified according to strength; they can be mild, moderate, potent and very potent.
Proper application and steroid strength must be indicated by the doctor. There are instances where eczema flares up again after treating it with topical steroid hence; it is helpful to continue with the medication for a few days even though the eczema has already settled.
Effectiveness of steroids in treating various skin conditions is already proven yet it poses side effects when it has been used for a longer period of time. One of the major side effects is skin thinning or skin atrophy, this usually arises when strong type of steroids was used or it has been applied in delicate areas of the body where skin are naturally thin. This side effect is only temporary and then the affected area will return to its normal condition overtime naturally, but there are some cases where it last for years. Fortunately, there are some things that can be done to reverse the situation by doing a variety of treatment methods.
Stop using steroid creams
Since using steroid cream is the major reason of skin thinning or skin atrophy discontinuing the application or usage if steroids will help prevent the problem. Ask your doctor or consult a dermatologist if there are other non-steroid creams available in the market that can be used to treat your skin problem without having this kind of side effect.
Apply Vitamin C
If you cannot avoid using steroids to treat the itchiness of your skin you can apply Vitamin C to your skin. Vitamin C promotes collagen production and in effect your skin will become thicker with regular use. Vitamin C is present in a wide array of lotions, creams and serums.
Retin-A is available in ointments, creams and serum type. You may need a prescription from your doctor to get this. Retin-A enhances skin production and it will greatly help in thickening your skin.
Massage your skin daily
Massaging your skin daily helps in increasing blood circulation and also the nutrients in the body. Massaging regularly will nourish your skin better since the nutrients are readily reaching the areas. Use firm pressure in massaging the affected area twice a day for at least ninety seconds and your skin will gradually thicken after some time.
Apply Vitamin E
Vitamin E is good for the skin and it also promotes healthier and thicker skin. All you need to do is to puncture a capsule and squeeze the contents out onto your skin. Spread it evenly into your skin and massage it gently to the affected area. Do this for a week or two until your skin will steadily become healthier and thicken with regular use.