Also known as ‘Red Skin Syndrome’, a small number of people who use topical steroids develop an addiction. This happens when the body builds a tolerance to topical steroid medication and the patient finds they have to use a higher and higher potency of steroid to have the same effect. TSA is not like a normal addiction; there is no compulsion to use the medication. Rather, ‘addiction’ refers to dependency that a person’s body builds up to the medication unknowingly. When the patient stops using the steroid, their skin ‘rebounds’ and their original symptoms get worse.