The most common side effect of topical corticosteroid use is skin atrophy. All topical steroids can induce atrophy, but higher potency steroids, occlusion, thinner skin, and older patient age increase the risk. The face, the backs of the hands, and intertriginous areas are particularly susceptible. Resolution often occurs after discontinuing use of these agents, but it may take months. Concurrent use of topical tretinoin (Retin-A) % may reduce the incidence of atrophy from chronic steroid applications. 30 Other side effects from topical steroids include permanent dermal atrophy, telangiectasia, and striae.
The term scar cream is used to describe many different products, it has even been used as a general label for different types of topical scar products, including scar gels and scar serums. A topical scar cream is in all likelihood, the most practical approach to minimizing the visual appearance of scars. Yet, there is one aspect of traditional scar creams that pales in comparison to certain topical scar products such as scar gels. Products that are gel-based have a tendency to contain beneficial ingredients like silicone within the formulation.