The Steriod Myth: Understanding Eczema

Did you know that many of the over the counter creams and prescriptions that you are using to treat skin conditions like dryness or eczema could really be making them much worse?

Over the counter creams and lotions include dyes, fragrances and preservatives that damage and dry out the skin over time, ultimately causing more long term problems. Over-medicating the skin with drastic solutions like topical steroids can have an incredibly detrimental and chronic effect on the skin.

Medicine Mama’s recently began working with an organization called the International Topical Steroid Addiction Network. They are a support organization for people suffering from topical steroid addiction, a recently discovered severe skin condition. TSW begins as a persistent rash, that some doctors diagnose as eczema and treat with topical steroid creams like cortisone. The symptoms of the rash temporarily disappear, only to come back with a vengeance as soon as the patient stops using the steroid cream. The cycle continues with stronger steroid creams and the skin becomes addicted to higher and higher levels of steroids. Click here to see a video on TSW.

We found out about this terrible and tragically preventable condition through some of our most loyal customers who used our products to help manage the dryness, itchiness and redness associated with TSW. As it turns out, the purity of Medicine Mama’s organic skin creams make them one of the few products people going through TSW can use on their skin without pain and the potency of the products help relieve inflammation, extreme dryness and discomfort.

Stay tuned for additional developments on our partnership with ITSAN in the weeks to come. Do these symptoms sound like you or someone in your life? Click here to learn more about ITSAN and help.

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