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The knowledge, pattern of use and effect of topical steroid preparation being used as cosmetic creams among female members of
University of Lagos community were assessed. Three hundred healthy educated female students and members of staff were
randomly recruited. They were requested to respond to a structured questionnaire assessing their knowledge of active ingredients of the cream they were using, the motive, the prescriber, the area of the body to which applied and any observed toning effect. Physical examination for side effects of the topical cream, mean arterial pressure and body mass index were also determined.
Result showed that 44% were on topical steroid creams of varying potencies while 64% were aware of the active components of their cream but did not know the full pharmacological effects an their body.
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