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This is a low-medium potency steroid, and I would not normally recommend this for regular use more than a couple of weeks. Why was this prescribed?Customer :because i had some skin rash or some fungus on my facePauline :This should not normally be used for fungal infections. What is the appearance of the skin now?Customer :My skin gets dry and i get these little pimples that has some sort of clear yellow pusPauline :Have you had any skin scrapings or swabs? Skin scraping is where dry skin is scraped into a small envelope to send to check for fungal infection. Swabs are sticks dragged over the pus and sent for analysis.Customer :NoPauline :There are a wide range of possible skin conditions, so being able to visualise the skin is important as well as then deciding if scraping/swab is needed. How long have you been on the desonide?Customer :for over 5 yearsPauline :This is a bit longer than we usually recommend unless there is a clear diagnosis of eczema or psoriasis.Pauline :I think you need a new approach to looking after your skin. When was the last time you saw a doctor about it?Customer :what do you suggest i use or what i can do about this problemPauline :You need a diagnosis although having used steroid for a long time, then you may see the skin worsen when you stop it for a period of time.Certainly any weeping areas need to be swabbed and sent off to rule out infection.Any dry areas can use a perfume free moisturiser such as Eucerin.Customer :that has already taken place for i did not use this stuff every day. Over the last 5 years i may have used a total of (3) 2-oz container? Are you taking about eucerin lotion?Pauline :Not using desonide every day is much better. Yes, eucerin lotion can be very good for dry skin. Have you tried it?Customer :no but will give a try. Is there any other kind that's out there?Pauline :There is a whole range of different products, either cosmetic based such as Clinique, or pharmaceutical such as Eucerin. If you speak to a pharmacist in person then he/she will be able to assess your face and recommend an appropriate product. Although if it does look like there is an infection or a more serious skin problem then you may have to see a doctor or dermatologist.