Why I stopped using steroid-based psoriasis treatments

Why I stopped using steroid-based psoriasis treatments

If you're reading this, chances are you or someone you love is dealing with the annoying and uncomfortable symptoms of psoriasis. 

Trust me, I know how you feel. 

I've been living with it for decades, and I've tried just about every treatment out there. One of the most common options is steroid-based medications. 

They occasionally work very well, very fast  - and when you have that “Get that red thing outta my neck right now!” moment, they work great. However, there are some big caveats that should go with the fast-talking commercials you see online and on TV - and may make you rethink your decision. 

What actually happens when you use steroid treatments

what happens when you use steroids for psoriasis

When it comes to the potential side effects of steroid-based medications, there's no shortage of things to worry about. For starters, there's the whole skin-thinning thing. Basically, when you use steroids on your skin for an extended period of time without professional guidance, it can start to thin out and become more fragile. This can lead to things like easy bruising and a higher risk of infection. Hmm.  

But that's not all. Steroids can also mess with your adrenal gland which is kind of a big deal. Your adrenal gland helps regulate your metabolism and stress response, among other things. When it's not functioning properly, it may lead to all sorts of problems, including fatigue, weight gain, and low blood pressure - and yes, those can come from topical steroids. 

And let's not forget about the immune system. Steroids can suppress your immune system, which means you're more prone to getting sick and having a harder time fighting off infections. That's the last thing anyone needs, especially during cold and flu season - not to mention Covid. 

If all that wasn't enough, there are plenty of other potential side effects depending on the type of medication you're using and how long you use it for. Some people may experience things like acne, stretch marks, or changes in skin color. Others may develop an allergic reaction or experience more serious side effects like cataracts or glaucoma. The list goes on and on.

The risks of dependency

Then, there’s this nasty thing called “dependency”. When you use steroid-based meds to treat your psoriasis, you run the risk of becoming dependent on them. Your skin gets used to having the medication around and when you stop using it, boom! You may have  a flare-up of symptoms, and sometimes it comes back with an even larger red patch - yikes!  It's like your skin is saying "hey, where'd you go?" and then getting all angry and red and itchy when you're not there to soothe it. Not fun.

But here's the thing - this dependency can become a vicious cycle. The more you use the meds, the more your skin gets used to them, and the harder it is to wean yourself off. You may enjoy the feel of “normal”, but when “normal” requires more and more steroids - I submit a different approach may be required.

The solution

Like everything in life, it depends. 

Every ‘body’ is different, and for some, trial and error with various steroid-based creams may be the only solution for their symptoms. It’s a good idea to consult with your healthcare provider and chart a way forward. 

Personally, I wanted nothing to do with them. 

After trying countless steroid-based creams and going through every side effect possibly known to humankind, I decided to go the natural path.

Long story short, my experimentation turned into SkinCalm the business, and why you’re reading this today. 

From the very beginning, I decided that my products would never contain any kind of steroids, and would only use natural ingredients that actually helped. Thousands of happy customers tell me that it works for them too. 

Yes, it may take a bit longer to see the result, and yes, it may not work overnight. But, I’m not afraid of putting my cream on every day, and am not constantly worried about horrible rebounds or side effects. 

So, if you’re looking for a steroid-free way forward, please consider giving SkinCalm™ a try (and no pressure whatsoever!) 

If you’re looking for a good deal, I’d suggest trying the ultimate bundle (which will let you try all three formulas at a 17% discount). Click here to check it out.

Got any of your own steroid treatment stories? I’d love to hear them :)

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