CBS News anchor Frances Wang explains how the use of steroid creams caused her to get rashes and acne everywhere.
Wang, 27, has been fighting eczema for years and told PEOPLE when she moved from California to Miami, Florida in December 2018, she thought the humidity would help.
But after months of itching and waking up with a bloody face, she was prescribed a steroid cream in March 2019.
Suddenly Wang's eczema got worse and she had developed a rash around her mouth and on her forehead.
She learned only months later that she had perioral dermatitis, a skin condition that occurs through prolonged use of topical steroid creams.
Wang says she finally shares photos of her skin without makeup in the hope of preventing others from enduring the same situation that she is today.
CBS News Miami anchor Frances Wang, 27 (left and right), has been fighting eczema for years, causing red and itchy rashes
After she moved from California to Florida in December 2018, her condition seemed to deteriorate and she was prescribed a topical steroid cream. Pictured: Wall, right, anchoring a news broadcast
Wang said she covered her eczema with makeup before she went up in the air.
& # 39; On TV it wasn't such a big problem. It was just more personal frustrating and painful, & she said to PEOPLE.
Eczema is the name for a group of conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed, red and itchy.
The affected areas usually look very dry, thickened or flaky.
The specific cause of eczema remains unknown, but it is believed that it develops through a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
There is currently no cure and treatments generally include topical medications, steroid creams, moisturizers and ultraviolet light, plus antihistamines to relieve itching.
According to the National Eczema Association, around 30 million Americans suffer from some form of the condition.
For months Wang & eczema was accompanied by acne and a rash on her mouth and forehead. Pictured: Wang in the CBS studio
After waking up for weeks to bleed from itching, Wang visited a dermatologist who prescribed a topical steroid cream.
Not only was it unable to cure her eczema, she also had acne outbreaks.
& # 39; My face is puffed up, & # 39; said Wang. & # 39; It looked like a giant rash, as if I had a crazy allergic reaction with acne. & # 39;
Wang said she felt guilty, not just about the condition of her skin, but that she was even worried about it.
& # 39; There are people who are going through so much worse, and I am one hundred percent aware of it, especially in the news, & she said.
& # 39; We are dealing with some really devastating tragedies and trauma for many people. So I think there was a guilt and shame that I felt for a long time, even so angry about my skin. & # 39;
She visited five dermatologists who had the same condition with her: perioral dermatitis.
Perioral dermatitis is a rash in the face that appears red and bumpy and usually occurs around the mouth.
The most common cause of the condition is long-term use of topical steroid creams, but it can also be caused by excessive use of moisturizers and fluorinated toothpastes.
The first step in treatment involves immediately stopping all topical steroid creams.
According to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, the rash looks days or weeks worse before it improves.
She has been diagnosed with perioral dermatitis, a skin condition that occurs as a result of prolonged use of topical steroid creams. Pictured: a collage of Wang's condition from June 2019 to September 2019
Wang has stopped using the steroid cream, currently uses antibiotics, no longer wears makeup and removes dairy and fat from her diet. Pictured: Wang in March 2019, left and in September 2019, right
Wang told PEOPLE that she was prescribed at least six different antibiotics, but none seemed to improve her condition.
She currently avoids wearing as much makeup as possible and eliminates dairy and high-fat foods from her diet.
She has also shared her story with her fans on social media and said she hopes to inspire others.
& # 39; I felt it would send a more powerful message if I shared it while I was experiencing it, and it connected to all these other people who are currently going through it and people who have already experienced it & # 39 ;, she told PEOPLE.
& # 39; I feel like I'm doing something for others. & # 39;
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