Topical Steroid Damaged/Dependent Face (TSDF): An Entity of Cutaneous Pharmacodependence

Indian J Dermatol. 2016 May-Jun;61(3):265-72. doi: 10.4103/0019-5154.182417.


Topical Steroid Damaged/Dependent face (TSDF) is a phenomenon which has been described very recently (2008). It is characterized by a plethora of symptoms caused by an usually unsupervised misuse/abuse/overuse of topical corticosteroid of any potency on the face over an unspecified and/or prolonged period of time. This misuse and damage have a serious effect on the quality of life of the patients in general and the skin of the face in particular. Management is difficult and necessitates psychological counseling as well as physical soothing of the sensitive skin.

Keywords: Face; TSDF; misuse; steroid dependence; topical steroid.