Steroid induced rosacea can be caused by the prolonged (usually daily) use of a topical steroid on the face. The presentation is typically of inflammatory acne lesions consisting of pustules, papules, and cysts. We treat steroid induced rosacea by gradually weaning the patient off the topical steroid while simultaneously treating with either a topical or systemic antibiotic. In my experience, steroid induced rosacea is not permanent when treated correctly. I recommend you consult with a board-certified dermatologist to make sure your condition gets resolved in a proper manner and time frame.
Some skin sensitivity is self-induced. Stripping skin with drying, strong cleansers + peels/exfoliation will trigger sensitive skin conditions. I personally have self-inflicted sensitive skin when I had 70% glycolic peel treatments from a dermatologist. Along with acne drying cream + overwashing the aggressive peel treatment depleted my barrier function + increased my skin’s photosensitivity (sun sensitivity). It is important to be cautious when using AHA’s, retinols + exfoliants. While those with Rosacea + sensitive skin may be able to use them once their condition is under control, these peeling agents should not be used on inflamed skin types. The best way to lessen inflammation + redness is with gentle cooling products like the Holistic Vanity Rosacea Care Line .