Cortisone Injections Not Working? 3 Alternatives to Cortisone Injection for Acne

Aug. 12, 2020 5:26 pm | by Dr. M. Tahsini

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Since you’re reading this article, it’s safe to assume that you’re looking for answers to your acne problems.


You may already have tried a cortisone shot, but this is only a short-term solution. So, if you’re looking for longer-term alternatives to cortisone shots, read on.


Cortisone is a synthetic corticosteroid, and it’s been available for quite some time. It’s been very effective in treating joint pain, including osteoarthritis, but it’s also had a great deal of success in relieving acne. Another important application for a cortisone shot is to treat ingrown hair.


It’s also true that there are unwelcome side effects with these shots. That’s why you should never rely exclusively on cortisone shots, and seek good alternatives and treatments.


Cortisone Shot Side Effects

Cortisone injections work well in relieving skin inflammation, and can even diminish large, blind pimples. But there are reasons why a cortisone shot shouldn’t be used too often. Let’s look at some of the side effects and drawbacks to using cortisone shots:


  • Skin Atrophy: The cortisone injection process isn’t always without risks. If, for instance, too much cortisone is injected, skin atrophy can sometimes occur. This results in pockmarking—small pits in the skin. Sometimes the condition resolves itself, with the pits gradually disappearing; but in other times it can be permanent.


  • Hypopigmentation: For those with darker complexions, cortisone shots can leave behind light spots.


  • Cost: A financial drawback to cortisone shots may be the cost. The expense of multiple injections over time can add up. While they’re great for emergency relief, cortisone shots aren’t a cost-effective, long-range solution to acne problems.


Alternatives to Cortisone Injection For Acne

In recent years, several cortisone alternatives have appeared. It’s up to your dermatologist to decide if these might be a good option.

Let’s look at what they are.


Laser Treatment

The lasers such as n-lite are used to superficially wound the skin of the affected area. Such laser procedures stimulate the skin to produce more collagen, which strengthens blood vessels and heals the skin over time.

The laser light also works to destroy the acne-causing bacteria in the skin.



Microneedling is another treatment option that can help patients who suffer from acne scars. The process works by pricking the affected skin with tiny needles, which stimulate the skin to produce natural collagen. This is similar to the effects of acne laser treatments.

Microneedling whether it’s accompanied by radiofrequency or not can also be combined with the application of platelet-rich plasma (PRP). This can improve the healing of the skin, and reduce redness and inflammation.


Chemical Peels

A good chemical peel is still a great and convenient option to reduce acne and mild acne scars.

Salicylic acid peels can saturate your skin to unclog pores and cleanse away blackheads. The salicylic acid also remains in the pores, helping to keep them clean and clear.


Find the Best Alternative to Cortisone Injection Near You

Cortisone shots are useful for the immediate treatment of acne, but it’s only recommended for temporary relief and emergencies. Fortunately, there are several alternatives to cortisone shots, so you have no shortage of options to choose from. If you are looking for good alternatives, talk to your dermatologist or visit the medical spa or facility that you trust, and ask them about FDA-approved options that work best for your skin type.


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