I am 33 and have dealt with “eczema” and allergies/asthma my whole life. It was not until December 2012 that I discovered the treatment for my condition was, truly, ruining my life. I have dealt with worsening skin on my hands and face especially for years. The specialists (dozens of allergists and dermatologists) have continued to prescribe different topical steroids, often stronger each time. I had an epiphany one night in December 2012 and feel silly it had not occurred sooner, but I wondered why my hands had never improved despite using these creams and ointments for decades. I Googled “topical steroid resistance,” and the rest is history. On December 5, 2012, I began my journey through topical steroid withdrawal (TSW). My life has changed. I am trudging along, each day closer to healed skin.
I have started to improve as of January 2014 & would encourage others to check out my most recent updates, as well as my friend’s blog. He knows a lot about MW (moisturizer withdrawal) and has helped me a ton: http://topicalsteroidsurvivor.blogspot.com/