Skull Growth and Other Nasty Side Effects of Steroids

July 15, 2007

The side effects of steroids are downright frightening. With all the information out there, I have no idea why anyone would consider taking steroids!

The least talked about side effects of steroids is skull growth and that is why I wanted to address it. It is so blatantly obvious to me when an athlete is on roids…look at their head! Seriously…doesn’t anybody out there see this! Here are some photos to show you what I mean…

Barry Bonds

Barry Bonds steroids

Jose Canseco

Jose Canseco

Jason Giambi

Jason Giambi steroids

Is their any doubt in your mind that these guys have used steroids? I think it is easier to tell a steroid user by looking at their face then it does by looking at their body. There is just a certain steroid face that develops. The pictures above, Jason Giambi and Jose Canseco could be brothers!

The Steroid Side Effects Don’t End There!

For Men: Shrinking of the testicles, development of breasts, baldness, acne, roid rage, growing of internal organs, increase in bad cholesterol, liver damage, liver cancer, and the list goes on…

For Women: Deepening of the voice, increase in body hair, enlargement of the clitoris, can effect fetal development when pregnant by increasing male features in the femal fetus and femal features in the male fetus, plus many more harmful side effects.

The ironic thing about people taking anabolic steroids is that it ruins the appearance of the body as well!

The human body was meant to be lean and sleek. The side effects of steroids is that it makes the body bulky. Most steroid users have a really thick waist along with the big arms and legs. A great example of this are “professional wrestlers”.

professional wrestler steroids

This is NOT a good look! The majority of women do not find this body type attractive.

If you want to be healthy and look attractive…avoid anabolic steroids at all costs. All that muscle looks cheesy anyways. As I always say it is much better to have an average amount of muscle with great muscle tone.

David Beckham is a Great Example of a Natural Athlete

David Beckham

See…Normal size head, can fit into “hip” clothes, healthy, and attractive to beautiful women!

Hopefully I’ve made my case against anabolic steroids. The side effects of steroids are just plain scarey!

side effects of steroids

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Iain May 27, 2008 at 7:19 pm

I couldn’t agree more rusty, great points you have there and i for one am totally against steroids.

While i am here could you give me your thoughts on body fortress whey protein =

I have considered buying some due to the amazing price and the fact that some reviews are actually saying it is quite good. You previously advised me on Myoplex by EAS which looks great but i am a bit low on cash at the moment so i will consider purchasing that at a later date.

I am 17, male, 6ft 2″, never taken any supplements before but would like to try. So any advice on it ?
Cheers rusty, i appreciate this 🙂

admin May 28, 2008 at 3:16 am


This product looks good…it has a good blend of whey protein (the best protein source in my opinion). It looks like you would get about 20 servings of 35 grams of protein. That comes down to £.60 per serving…which is an incredible deal. Go for it!


Iain May 30, 2008 at 2:59 pm

Ok rusty, i took your advice and bought some today. I took one serving (25g) earlier on before i hit the gym to get on with mostly cardio then some weights.
However what do you think is best time to take the whey protein ? before, after or during workout and how many servings do you think i should have a day ?
cheers again rusty, this helps a lot 😉

admin June 1, 2008 at 2:36 am


I reached my lowest body fat by drinking a shake first thing in the morning, then one more at Noon, worked out at 5:30 and ate a healthy meal around 7:30. This is what I would recommend.


Iain June 2, 2008 at 9:36 am

ok cheers rusty i will give that a try
are you basing one shake on one serving of protein (25g) or more than that ?
cheers again

admin June 2, 2008 at 11:20 pm


When you are working out hard and feeling fatigued, eat a bit more protein…ideally 35-45 grams. When you are well rested and aren’t working out as hard, 25 grams is fine.


Iain June 9, 2008 at 4:09 pm

Hey again 😉
im currently trying to design my own workout program to add mass/strength to my arms. Now that i have whey protein supplements i feel its a good time to do so. Problem is im not to sure how to go about making my program.
I mean what exercises do i do, how often do i take protein etc..
My current stats:
weight – 12 stone (168 pounds)
height – 6ft 2″

cheers rusty, i appreciate any help you can give me

GarthFader June 12, 2008 at 10:29 pm

Rusty, I prefer to workout in the AM. I like the idea of 2 shakes (Muscle Milk) and a healthy balanced dinner in the evening. Im trying to shed the stupid ‘bulk’ I put on and seem to be really stuck!… Any advice?

admin June 12, 2008 at 11:01 pm


If you workout in the morning you will have to be a little more strict in the evening meal. Besides that…get good at cardio and keep the volume of lifting brief for a while…don’t train for the pump.


Nathan November 19, 2008 at 8:44 pm

What if you have a small head and small jaw? Unsymmetrical in proportion to your body like me that’s f’n up your life.
The point is if you know what your doing steroids can be safe these side effects are clearly from steroids with high Androgenic property’s or more likely to be from rHGH use, but abuse from one of them over a large period of time, why you going on about steroids anyway what about alcohol and tobacco, alcohol kills millions and destroys family’s, tobacco’s so f’ing dangerous that it kills people that don’t smoke. Yet ones legal ones illegal so why don’t you get off your soapbox.

Derek December 23, 2008 at 9:10 pm

Rusty, I think your a moron. If you think you can tell someones on roids just by looking at their face, your an idiot. I’ve taken steroids on and off for years now, and I still dont have a jaw line like any of those guys. I also have never gone over a 32 waist, even when Im bulking. How about this for some statistics for ya smart guy, did you know that not one person in history has died from the use of steroids. Not one! I emplore you to find a case where someone has actually died from steroid use or abuse. I’ve done the research for 10 years there little guy, and I have yet to find one. But hell, alcohol, cigarettes, and even tylonol are all legal. Did you know tylonol kills over 250 people a year? Steroids Kill ZERO!!! But yet there still a schedule III controlled substance. Trust me, I know my stuff, and you, dont know $HIT! Well at least about steroid use. Take her easy little guy.

admin December 26, 2008 at 9:48 pm


So does this mean you aren’t going to subscribe to my blog? Oh well…I will sleep well tonight anyway:)

As far as steroids killing people, I know that peoples’ lives have been cut short due to complications later in life. What about roid rage, depression, and all the various side effects?Neither of us is going to convince the other that we are right.

I love it that you call me “little guy”. I know in bodybuilding world that this is the ultimate put-down. I also know that you guys think Brad Pitt, Daniel Craig, Cam Gigandet, and the slim hollywood actors are “little guys”…So I will take your post as a compliment.



Tommy February 1, 2009 at 11:56 pm

This is a rather inaccurate depiction of anabolic steroids. They do not simply make you bulky. With or without steroids, your diet will determine this to a HUGE degree, much more so than a little bit of extra testosterone.

Alex April 3, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Steroids will not cause organs to grow or an increase in the size of your jawline. That is Human Growth Hormone.

Ryan May 17, 2009 at 4:36 am

I have used anabolics for enhancment of my endurance training. I am LEAN, 185, and roughly 11 percent bodyfat.

This depiction of anabolics is repulsively uneducated. This is precisely why I hate the media. Absolute lies, fueled by misinformation and rhetoric.

There are 100 percent failproof safe methods of anabolic therapy. Why the f’ing hell else would major f’ing pharmaceutical companies mass produce these items?

Also, Rusty, you are a blooming fool if you even for a second believe that Daniel Craig, and Brad Pitt haven’t been using anabolics for most if not all their professional careers. A simple google search, and you may find documented evidence. And yet, no one is pounding down the doors of these men.

Oh, someone else who’s super hip and uses anabolics: Christian Bale.

It may also interest you to know, (since you seem to like the tennis player physique, which I am not bashing) that clenbuterol, a synthetic steroid, is a HIGHLY ABUSED substance within the sport of pro tennis.

Anabolics simply are not responsible for “thick waists” or “big heads.”

Ryan May 17, 2009 at 4:40 am

One more thing I thought I may mention, “roid rage” is an absolute myth.

Complete baloney. If you happen to be an asshole prior to anabolic enhancment, you’ll simply be a stronger, more confident and assertive asshole.

Okay, I am done. Have a lovely day.

Ed June 2, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Lyle Alzado ring a bell…Chris Benoit

Skeptic July 3, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Skull growth? Seriously, common now. Once bone calcifies it is set for life and there is nothing you can do to make it grow. If it was possible to change bone composition we would already have a pill to make people taller.

Regarding the wide waist: show a picture of Arnold. I believe his waist is perfect and i am sure he has used enough steroids to put a small pharmacy out of business.

Yes, steroids are bad with alot of serious side effects. But for goodness sake lets keep our facts real and not missinform people with ridiculous opinions.

I hate the internet!

admin July 6, 2009 at 7:17 pm


Ever heard of Acromegaly?

This causes what they call “frontal bossing”…a chronic disorder caused by too much growth hormone, which leads to enlargement of the bones of the face, jaw, hands, feet, and skull.

Not trying to be a jerk back to you, but it is you who needs to do a bit more research. Just because you have no knowledge on a particular topic, doesn’t make it false.


Gymless Jim July 10, 2009 at 7:33 am

Steroids are cheating anyway me thinks…

A November 20, 2009 at 5:58 am

i was wondering if you ever heard of someone mixing steroids and alcohol and “blacking out” or doing very harmful things to others,

King January 12, 2010 at 7:15 pm

A person who takes hgh and steroids certainly is not thinking sanely. The end results are grossly damaging to the body. It disturbs me to think how many men destroys their health when so many would love to have a normal healthy body. Instead it is destroyed with cancer, arthritis, stroke,and the like – not of their own accord.

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DC February 17, 2010 at 12:49 am

After sometime of anabolic s, I have found myself to be a mess…I’ve had doctors try to figure out things and just keep hitting a brick wall.
First there’s no mass left like I had, secondly, I find myself with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and numerous other issues…mainly very little sexual function – I’ve always taken good care of myself, was a major runner for years, lifted regularly, and always involved in sports. It was stupid of me to think I could handle it after wards. I’m 45 and not any bigger or faster then before.

Rock Rock May 13, 2010 at 5:36 pm

This is not true, their heads are perfectly normal. Thats a normal head weight for their body

mars July 8, 2010 at 2:43 am

In case you were unaware, anabolic steroids and HGH (human growth hormone) are NOT the same thing. In fact, they are very different substances using very different biological pathways. They are, however, both used in order to achieve a similar goal (usually muscle gain, but also used by endurance type athletes who want improved recovery times so they can train more frequently and for longer duration). While anabolic steroids CANNOT cause bone growth, HGH can. Improper usage of HGH can cause thickening of bones already in place, but cannot cause bones to lengthen after growth plates between bones have fused (which happens at a young age).

GG January 5, 2011 at 5:01 pm

i have the same problem… i just tried to go to endocrinologist about it today and they refused to give me hgh =/ but they MIGHT be able to give me testosterone or IGF-1. Both are proven to cause bone thickening in the head and jaw. I’d say you should just look for illegal ways of obtaining either of those. do some more research and go for it, what do you have to lose. I’ll be doin that if the endo doesn’t pull through. Good luck to you my man in the struggle lol

Jean November 3, 2011 at 6:28 am

Ultra lean guys usually use winstrol. And this article only shows what happens when people abuse of steroids.
I don’t see Hugh Jackman being less attractive to womans and he use roids to be huge on his Wolverine role. Woman doesn’t mind..most of the Jersey Shore guys.

Brian Blessed March 7, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Whoever wrote this article doesn’t have a clue about steroids. I have used them responsibly with no negative side effects. Steroids are used to treat the sick so why would doctors give people something so dangerous? A male body is more than capable to cope with high doses of testosterone because guess what that’s what makes a man a man. In healthy athletes and bodybuilders used responsibly steroid use is fine that’s why they are legal in most countries. America is a joke and there society is as fake and hollow as their brains

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