Topical corticosteroid withdrawal refers to a rare adverse reaction relating to the use of a topical steroid after it has been discontinued.
This reaction can occur after prolonged, inappropriate, and/or frequent use/abuse of moderate - to high-potency topical corticosteroids. There are two distinct clinical presentations of topical steroid withdrawal:
Red burning skin – this has incorrectly been given a variety of names, including topical steroid addiction and steroid dermatitis.
Papulopustular rashes – these include steroid rosacea and perioral/periorificial dermatitis.