Hiii there…Tobi Olakojo is on board today giving healthy tips for us young ladies who love to look good. AND YEAH…ITS FROM A GUY. Its quite a lengthy piece but worth your time. Trust me.


It was around 5:35 in the evening when this fair-complexioned lady most likely in her early 30s walked into the pharmacy to buy some medications, and then we had the following conversation:

Woman: Good evening Pharm.

Me: Madam, welcome. How has your day been?

Woman: Fine o

Me: okay, so what can I do for you?

Raising the sleeve of her shirt and lo, it was bruises and tearing of her skin coupled with stretch marks towards the armpit.

From our few minutes of conversation, I could deduce that she has been using a particular corticosteroid-containing cream for about ten months, all in a bid to keep her light skin “intact”.

No thanks to our society that extols fair complexion as being beautiful.

Whatever happens to a line of the poem I learnt in the high school,

which says, “…God has been so gracious as to make you black or brown”.

The use of triple action creams most of which contain steroids has become a tradition for most ladies; surprisingly men now have them as part of their cosmetic items.

Mothers are not left behind in the use of this commodity for their babies either innocently to treat skin infections, rashes or inflammation from diaper usage or to “maintain” the color of the child.

While it might be true that your light-skinned pictures could generate more likes on facebook and Instagram or your physical appearance could even attract the attention of admirers from left, right and center who would not even look let alone see those of us that are dark-skinned; It is noteworthy to mention here some of the inherent effects of the long term use of these corticosteroid-containing topical products.

Topical steroids are safe and effective anti-inflammatory preparations used to control eczema, dermatitis and many other skin conditions.

They are mostly available in creams, ointments and lotions and are marketed either as a single preparations  or with other antifungal and antibacterial constituents.

The effects of topical steroids on various cells in the skin are anti-inflammatory (to stop or reverse inflammation), immunosuppressive (to suppress immune system) and anti-proliferative (to stop rapid spread).

The effectiveness of these topical steroids depends on the amount of the molecule that reaches the target cell by absorption through the skin. Hence, it does not necessarily matter whether you dilute your topical steroid or you mix it with your body cream as the potency depends not much on its concentration.

After the 2 or 3 applications, there may not be additional benefit from applying a topical steroid more than once daily. Steroids are absorbed at different rates depending on the skin thickness, the greatest being the eyelid and the genitals and the least, the palm and the sole of the hands and feet respectively.

Some very potent topical steroids which should be used cautiously are clobestasol propionate and bethamethasone dipropionate and these are found in more than 60% of the corticosteroid creams we use today.

Other potent ones are betamethasone valerate, methylprednisolone aceponate, diflucortolone valerate, moderate or mild ones are clobetasone butyrate, triamcinolone acetonide, hydrocortisone and hydrocortisone acetate.

It is thus important to take time to check which of these or more are present in those creams, ointment and lotions you apply in the corner of your room all in a bid to look unblemished.

Topical steroids remain the first-line treatment for infected eczema, they can also be applied on inflamed skin, this is usually once daily and especially at night for a duration ranging from 5 days to about 3 weeks, after which it is usually stopped or the strength or frequency of application is reduced.

Most reported effects of long term use of topical steroids especially for very potent ones are skin thinning, stretch marks, enlarged blood vessels, localized increased hair thickness, tearing of the skin among others. These are often aggravated when the steroids are not appropriately used for their indicated skin conditions.

They can also mask, cause or worsen skin infections such as impetigo, tinea, dermatitis and folliculitis. It has also been discovered that some highly potent topical steroids when used for too long has a tendency of being absorbed systemically and such users are at a risk of diabetes disease. Yes, Diabetes!

It is often said that, “Looking good is good business” but trying to look “good” at all cost can actually cost you more in the long run. It is all a function of how you see yourself.

Beauty they say lies in the eye of the beholder, but you are actually the first spectator of yourself.

What do you see each time you look into the mirror? As for me, I know I am wonderfully made. What about you? Cheers.