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October 1974

Steroid Rosacea

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Arch Dermatol. 1974;110(4):619-622. doi:10.1001/archderm.1974.01630100075019

Regular use of topically applied fluorinated steroids on the faces of ten patients produced a distinctive eruption consisting of persistent erythema, telangiectasia, atrophy, and occasional papules and pustules. Clinically, the eruption resembled rosacea. All ten patients used fluorinated steroids for treatment of trivial eruptions at first, with subsequent development of a rosacea-like dermatitis. The term steroid rosacea is proposed for this steroid-induced eruption.