Prescriptions written for topical steroids should include explicit instructions about where and how often to apply the preparation, and the body areas where use must be avoided. Pharmacists should ensure these directions are included on the dispensing label. Prescribers should bear in mind that patients may keep unused or leftover corticosteroid skin preparations for some time after they are prescribed and thus forget the original indication or instructions for use. The prescribing of unnecessarily large quantities should be avoided. Patients should be warned not to share their topical steroid preparation with other people as this may result in unsafe application to unsuitable areas such as the face, as well as the potentially inappropriate treatment of undiagnosed skin conditions.
The latter method of course, is probably more practical, especially if you are working. Then start diluting the concentration with a moisturizer. Skin is resilient and can adjust. Either way, you will get flare ups, sometimes even in other parts of your body sort of metastatic rebound phenomenon. So, do not be discouraged or surprised when you have a flare — it is not a set-back. Just keep on your program. Meanwhile, when you do get a flare, here are some ancillary suggestions: Apply cool water compress on your face times a day for 5 to 10 minutes.