Acne Steroid Injection

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.

  • A minute amount of diluted steroids will be injected into acne lesions
  • 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.

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