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Is it possible to reverse skin thinning caused by hydrocortisone creams?

Asked by formerfuturelawyer (22points) September 18th, 2011

I used hydrocortisone cream on my face on and off for about 5 years 3 years ago, and now get flare-ups of redness when I get dehydrated—but only on the areas where I used to use hydrocortisone (which, ironically, was used for redness flareups). I’ve read that hydrocortisone, when used long-term, can cause skin thinning, which is probably why I’m getting these flare-ups. Is there anything I can do to reverse this permanent damage?

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janbb's avatar

I believe you really have to talk to a dermatologist about this.

snowberry's avatar

This is exactly why I avoid using hydrocortisone if I possibly can. I suggest that at the very least never use it again!

I am alternatively minded, which means I approach things from a nurtitional point of view, and I look to eliminating toxins from my body and environment, so that is how I would deal with this as well. If you are interested in further information, PM me.

Pandora's avatar

I would think time will correct it and you may have to avoid the sun for a long time. Put plenty of sun block and lotion. Cetyphyl lotion is great for sensitive skin and doesn’t block your pores. You need to keep it moisturized so it doesn’t break so easily. Hydrocortisone also knocks down your skin defenses so try not to touch your face with dirty hands. Its probably why you get flare ups.


You can try L-ascorbic acid, or stabilized vitamin C. It’s one of the few things that can help build collagen in the skin, according to the guys on the Drs. show.

Pandora's avatar

@MRSHINYSHOES Good points. Vitamin E and flaxseed should help as well.

Lord_Russell's avatar

acne creams, they will have one or more active ingredients that will either kill bacteria, break down the materials inside blackheads and whiteheads or both. There is benzoyl peroxide, resourcinal, salicylic acid and sulphur.

Benzoyl peroxide kills bacteria and inhibits the production of oil from the sebaceous glands in our skin and hair. These glands secrete an oil to maintain healthy hair and skin. The entrapment of these oils by bacteria causes the build up resulting in pimples, blackheads and whiteheads. Resourcinal helps break down the hard pus material inside a blackhead or whitehead. Salicylic acid also helps destroy the materials inside of blackheads and whiteheads. It also protects the cells inside our hair follicles. Sulphur will destroy and dissolve the materials inside pimples. So the primary purpose of acne cream is to kill bacteria and dissolve materials that accumulate inside of blackheads and whiteheads.

There are side effects to most creams ranging from minor skin irritation and discoloration to intense burning of the skin.

Any side effect causing more than minor discomfort should be discussed with a dermatologist before continued use of the cream.

The belief that acne can be cured and cleared up in a few days with the use of a topical cream is not accurate. Proper treatment with an acne cream realistically takes 4 to 8 weeks for optimal results. A proper diet and hygiene are important in this treatment.

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