A third of those who suffer from acne are left with scars. With over 60 million Americans suffering from acne alone, dermatologists provide a variety of treatment options.
Cortisone injections are quick ways to reduce swelling, heal damage, and can also help reduce any previous scarring. Local anesthesia can be given to numb the area and ease the pain when the shot is administered by a dermatologist. Reductions in inflammation begin immediately, and scar healing follows.
Cortisone is a naturally produced chemical the body releases in response to inflammation. It is a corticosteroid produced in the adrenal gland. Additional cortisone administered through an injection is sometimes necessary for further healing when the body does not naturally produce enough on its own.
There are several different types of acne:
Mild to moderate acne vulgaris, acne rosacea, acne conglobata, acne fulminans, gram-negative folliculitis, and pyoderma faciale.
Cortisone shots are for those with severe acne vulgaris, which is considered a severe acne condition that doesn’t typically respond to topical treatment such as creams and facial scrubs. People with severe acne have cysts and nodules in addition to whiteheads, blackheads, papules which are inflamed, red, tender headless bumps, and pustules which are small pimples that contain pus.
Although there are topical steroid creams available, they usually do not penetrate deep enough into the skin to treat cysts.
Cortisone can be directly injected into a pimple. The pimple will decrease in size and redness over the next 24 hours. This mode of treatment takes about five minutes, with no recovery time. These injections decrease inflammation and the risk of future scars. Cortisone injections are not used as a consistent way to decrease acne breakouts. However, they are great for clearing one or two isolated pimples before an upcoming event.