Some minor side effects include acne, oily skin, and a not so minor one in baldness. But the side effects don’t stop here. As I’ve said, anabolic steroids raise testosterone levels via synthetic androgens. This confuses your body and as a result, it decreases and even stops your body’s own secretion of testosterone. Thus, during “off” cycles, testosterone becomes so low that the users have a hard time holding on to their gains resulting in a rapid loss of strength and muscle. Although anabolic steroids don’t cause the same “high” as other illegal drugs, this concept makes it prone to abuse and addiction.