Facts about topical steroids
Topical steroids have been around since the 1950’s
Steroids are synthetic topical medications that treat skin conditions. These include dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, rashes and itching. They work as anti-inflammatories by suppressing the immune system’s response to irritation. Specifically they do this by acting like hormones but don’t cure your condition, just ease its symptoms.
You can buy these over the counter in pharmacies or by prescription. They come in an amazingly large range of forms including creams, ointments, gels, lotions, foams and sprays to name a few.
Unfortunately whilst they have short-term effectiveness in treating skin complaints, there are also multiple serious side effects of steroids. So these can be a burning sensation, redness, dryness and itching (an issue you might have been trying to get rid of in the first place). Long term use can lead to a weakened skin barrier, thinning, infections, sensitivity and premature aging. By damaging the skin’s natural protective barrier it can result in dryness, discomfort, stretch marks and speed up aging.
They are microbiota unfriendly
Independent research indicates that topical steroids negatively affect the activity, diversity and quantities of bacteria in your skin’s microbiota. Therefore whatever problems you tried treating with steroids have been made far more complex and severe.
Imagine a world without them
Fortunately skin health science has moved on dramatically since topical steroids become so widespread. There’s a new science based on billion year-old human biotechnology – your skin’s very own microflora, boosted by good bacteria or probiotics.
Probiotics are safe, natural and effective alternative to topical steroids, without the nasty side-effects.
These beneficial bacteria are a vital part of normal, healthy skin flora.
Unlike topical steroids, they work with your body to tackle the causes of major skin complaints, rather than only managing their symptoms. They do this by helping rebuild skin’s strength and immunity as a powerful self-defence against irritants and pollutants. This reduces sensitivity and the often painful skin conditions associated with it.
Shop the range or learn more > POWER DUO