Q. Can topical steroid cream help in healing the red spots on my nose?

Answered by
Dr. Kakkar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Aug 10, 2018

Hi doctor,

I got red patches on my nose after using chemically made facial products while using Retin-A ointment. I have attached pictures. In that, I have used Cerave ointment for healing the marks. Now, I discontinued using Retin-A 0.025 % ointment.

Dr. Kakkar

Dermatology HIV/AIDS Specialist Venereology
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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have gone through the attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Retin-A (Tretinoin) makes the skin sensitive and a scrub or facial may cause dermatitis like this. I suggest you use a moderately potent topical steroid cream like Fluticasone propionate 0.05 % cream or Mometasone furoate 0.1 % cream, twice daily for a week. It will get fine.

For more information consult a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist

Thank you doctor,

Red spots will not heal without a steroid cream. I am a little scared of putting anything on my face. But can I use sunscreen or moisturizer on my face? Is it fine? Are you sure these steroid creams will heal it?

Dr. Kakkar

Dermatology HIV/AIDS Specialist Venereology
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Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Yes, you can use a moisturizer for a few days that would be fine. However, a topical steroid cream would heal it faster. Without steroid cream, it would take a longer time to recover.

For more information consult a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist

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