Intralesional Corticosteroid Injection
Kenalog can be injected to resolve stubborn persistent cystic acne
Steroids are powerful anti-inflammatory agents used to control severe cystic or nodular acne. Some cystic acne may become severely large, inflamed, and painful. With this type of acne, you may benefit from the immediate control of the surrounding swelling and inflammation with an anti-inflammatory agent like diluted steroids. These can be injected into the inflamed nodule, lessening inflammation, easing pain and swelling, and promoting healing. Such an intralesional steroid injection works by “melting” the cyst over a period of 2 to 3 days.
Is there any side effect of steroid injection into cystic acne lesions?
Not in the hands of the experienced Dr. Shafa! Her decades of experience allow her to accurately calculate dosages and predict results and avoid side effects.
- Not in the hands of the experienced Dr. Shafa! Her decades of experience allow her to accurately calculate dosages and predict results and avoid side effects.
- Using only brand diluted steroids and not generic, concentrated steroids is one of the secrets to her injection techniques.
Pros and Cons of Steroids
You may have heard or read a long list of possible side effects of steroids. This medication can be administered topically, orally, or injected in many types of skin lesions for the best-localized effect of this drug.
Steroids, in general, are lifesavers in medicine while simultaneously having a lot of unwanted side effects. The effectiveness of your treatment depends on the dose and duration of steroid use.
If a steroid is injected in a wrong dosage and/or location, it can cause fat atrophy (an indentation at the site of cystic acne). High dosage and long term use of topical steroids can cause skin thinning (skin atrophy) Never use topical steroids without the supervision of an experienced physician.
If you are suffering from acne, feel free to call us to make an appointment to see Dr. Shafa. During your appointment, Dr. Shafa will evaluate your skin as well as overall health. After the type and cause of acne is diagnosed, Dr. Shafa will explain the variety of treatment options best suited to your needs and help select the best regimen for you and your skin. If you have questions prior to your visit, please do not hesitate to ask questions.