Why I Do Not Recommend Topical Steroids for Skin Conditions

I receive a lot of emails from potential clients asking if my Sacred Healer Magic Soothing Balm is safe for kids, only to read later in the same email that they’ve been using topical steroids, with very little success, and also without questioning the safety of topical steroids before their usage.

Let’s look at the functioning of topical steroids for skin conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis…

When you understand the biological functioning of the epidermal layer of the skin, you know that these skin conditions occur internally, not externally.

When helping someone treat any skin symptom, I don’t look at the diagnosis “label”. Instead, I look at which tissue within the body is adapting. In the case of eczema, psoriasis, cold sores, urticaria, or even dandruff, I know that the epidermis layer of the skin is adapting to a biological conflict. All of these skin conditions have the same root cause, which cause the epidermis to adapt – the diagnosis “label” that conventional medicine places on these skin conditions simply lets us know how deep into the epidermis the skin ulceration has occurred.

The epidermis adapts via cellular loss, but once the adaptation is not long required, the brain will signal the epidermis to stop the adaptation phase. At this point, the epidermis begins rebuilding the ulcerated/lost cells, in the end, making the skin much stronger than it was before the biological conflict (that’s part of the biological purpose of this program).

This cell restoration is carried out by a highly specific microbe. Healing always occurs in a fluid environment, so during this time of cell replenishment, we’ll experience redness, inflammation, itching, and possibly even some oozing in the epidermis.

Conventional medicine fails to acknowledge the adaptation phase, so they misinterpret the biological purpose of the bacteria, blaming it as the cause rather than seeing it as the effect. Because they fail to acknowledge the adaptation phase, they also fail to understand why these rashes even occur in the first place, and therefore, don’t understand how to properly treat the skin.

Let’s say that the epidermis lost 2500 skin cells during the adaptation phase. In order for the skin to return to homeostasis, all of those 2500 cells must be replenished in the healing phase.

Plants and herbs can soothe this skin, while supporting this restoration process, but these are not offered as an option in conventional medicine.

Topical Steroids Suppress the Symptoms, They Don’t Heal Them

Doctors and dermatologists will almost always offer topical steroids for the treatment of eczema, dermatitis, herpes, psoriasis and other skin conditions that occur in the epidermis. The problem with topical steroids is that they halt the body’s innate healing phase, causing the microbes to become lifeless and dormant. Because topical steroids can only be used for 7 days a time, as soon as the steroid cream stops being used, the microbes that are there to rebuild the lost cells become active again. The microbes ultimate goal and purpose is to finish rebuilding those 2500 skin cells that were lost in the adaptation phase.

Because the bacteria and inflammation both calm down during the use of these steroid creams, it appears to the user that the skin is “healed” when the steroids are in use, but the steroids are not actually healing the skin, they’re suppressing the skin’s innate healing phase.

The Truth About Topical Steroid Withdrawal

Because the skin only appears to be “healed” when the topical steroids are in use, and flare right back up again as soon as they are stopped, there is a misunderstanding that these creams cause, what is believed to be, Topical Steroid Withdrawal Syndrome (also known as Topical Steroid Addiction or Red Skin Syndrome).

According to the National Eczema Association, Topical Steroid Withdrawal is said to be “a potentially debilitating condition that can arise from the use of topical steroids to treat a skin problem, such as eczema.”

If you search Topical Steroid Withdrawal online, you will see hundreds of photos of horrible rashes.

What’s really going on here?

As I mentioned above, say we lose 2500 skin cells during in the adaptation phase… those 2500 cells need to be rebuilt in the healing phase, and the body will not complete the biological program until all 2500 cells have been rebuilt, unless the bacteria is completely killed and destroyed through the use of antibiotics (if the bacteria is killed through he use of antibiotics, then the bacteria won’t ever be able to rebuild those lost cells, and the body will finish the biological special program without ever rebuilding those cells, causing the skin to become thinner, due to the fact that the lost cells are never replenished).

Remember that I said that the skin redness, inflammation and itching are caused because of the beneficial bacteria that are actively rebuilding those lost skin cells. When you use topical steroids, like mentioned above, the beneficial bacteria becomes dormant, stops rebuilding the cells, and the inflammation temporarily goes away because of this.

The moment you stop using the topical steroids, the bacteria wakes up, and starts its work again until all of those 2500 have been rebuilt and your skin is back in homeostasis.

You see, no matter how many times you try to suppress the symptoms using topical steroids, the bacteria will become active again and again and again until all of the lost cells have been fully replenished and the biological program is complete.

Because the skin appears to be clear while the steroids are in use, and then the symptoms continuously come back again and again when they’re not in use, many people see this as product dependency, or a product addiction, and don’t understand that the body is simply trying to finish an innate biological special program.

On top of all of this, if the initial separation conflict that activated the entire program in the first gets reactivated, or re-triggered, then the skin will also be going in and out of adaptation and healing phases over and over again, showing as cycles of improvement and worsening of the skin condition. This is called a hanging healing, and is the reason why all symptoms, not just skin symptoms, become chronic. The biological conflict must be resolved, and the biological special program must be able to complete in order for the body to fully return to homeostasis.

It’s not that your skin is dependent or even addicted to the topical steroids – it’s that you keep suppressing the symptoms, so the biological program keeps reactivating every time you take a break from the steroids. This is not healing. This is suppression. And the longer you attempt to suppress your skin symptoms using topical steroids, the longer you are going to have to deal with the skin condition that you’re so desperately trying to get rid of.


About Rachel Devine

Hi! I'm Rachel Devine, a Holistic Practitioner and the founder of Her Soul Intention. I help you understand and resolve your skin and health symptoms, so you can let go of the fear and confusion surrounding your symptoms, without the need for any elimination diets or strict protocols. My full approach to health and wellness is based on the Five Biological Laws of Germanic Healing Knowledge.