Injecting and draining an acne lesion may both be necessary nyc new york ny

Cystic acne lesions sometime require both drainage and injection with cortisone.  Acne is a plumbing problem.  It starts with a small keratin plug (microcomedone) that prevents a pore from draining.  Skin cells and oil build up may result in rupture of the hair follicle deep in the skin which then causes an inflammatory reaction (cyst).  These deep lesions are more likely to scar.  Steroid injections work by reducing the inflammatory reaction.  Drainage helps remove some of the pus and the keratin plug.  Sometimes all it needs is drainage.  Sometimes and additional injection with cortisone is required. a side effect of a cortisone injection may be a depressed or lighter area.  A severe acne lesion can also cause  a depressed area.  Board-certified dermatologists are the experts in the treatment of acne and are the best choice to provide treatment.