By Gary M. White, MD

Steroid rosacea

This patient was using triamcinolone for several months on the face.

Steroid rosacea is an acneiform rash induced by chronic steroid use.


Topical use of a high-potency topical steroid can induce rosacea in that area. Topical tacroliumus has induced a similar eruption [AD 2003;139;227].


Discontinuation of the topical steroid and an oral tetracycline is appropriate (e.g. doxycycline 100 mg BID). See the treatment section of rosacea. The condition may flare the first week or so after discontinuing the topical steroid.


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