What is steroid-induced acne?

Updated: Jul 29, 2019
  • Author: Julianne H Kuflik, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Steroid acne [7, 8] is observed as monomorphous papulopustules located predominantly on the trunk and extremities, with less involvement of the face. Characteristically, it appears after the administration of systemic corticosteroids, including intravenous therapy. Topical or inhaled corticosteroids may cause an acneiform eruption of the area of skin under which the topical preparation is applied or in around the nose or mouth in the case of inhaled steroids. The eruption usually resolves after discontinuation of the steroid and, in addition, may respond to the usual treatments of acne vulgaris. For more information, see Acne Vulgaris.


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