Acne is often present. Acne conglobata is a particularly severe form of acne that can develop during steroid abuse or even after the drug has been discontinued. Infections are a common side effect of steroid abuse because of needle sharing and unsanitary techniques used when injecting the drugs into the skin. These are similar risks to IV drug abusers with increased potential to acquire blood-borne infections such as hepatitis and HIV/AIDS . Skin abscesses may occur at injection sites and may spread to other organs of the body. Endocarditis or an infection of the heart valves is not uncommon.
Because doctors are clueless. They are treating a symptom of a symptom. If you are suffering from chronic skin inflammation due to topical steroid addiction, your skin barrier is damaged due to the application of topical steroids. The doctors, with kind intentions, believe that slapping moisturizers will help to seal this moisture barrier. And they prescribe more topical steroids at the same time to manage your inflammation (causing further skin barrier damage). None of these medical advice serve to help address the root problem of your skin condition.