How Quickly Does an Acne Cortisone Shot Work?

Aug. 10, 2020 1:08 pm | by Dr. M. Tahsini


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In the United States alone, between 40 and 50 million people are affected by acne. Acne can be painful, time-consuming, and unsightly. If you struggle with acne, you’ve likely tried many remedies. Have you ever heard of an acne cortisone shot?


Depending on the severity of your acne, cortisone shots may shrink your problem areas and leave you with smooth, blemish-free skin in no time. Keep reading to learn all about getting cortisone shots for acne, and how quickly they can work.


What is an Acne Cortisone Shot?

Cortisone shots are a synthetic hormone that closely resembles the stress hormone cortisol. You may know them as steroid shots. Steroids are chemicals that resemble hormones.


We use the synthetic hormone to decrease swelling and inflammation. Besides injection, synthetic hormones can also be taken by mouth, usually in pill form, or be spread topically.


How Does it Work?

So what does a cortisone shot do for acne? When you get cortisone shots for acne, the shot is directly injected into your blemish using a microneedle.


The procedure doesn’t take long at all and most of the time it’s painless. If you have a particularly large blemish, your doctor may numb the area with lidocaine to prevent any serious pain.


It’s important to note that you should only get a cortisone shot for cystic acne or acne nodules that are extremely sensitive and swollen. A cortisone shot for acne cysts is usually the last-case-scenario when traditional acne treatments have failed.


This is because the cortisone shot shrinks tissues. It isn’t able to reduce puss build-up or small acne spots.


Injecting cortisone into a small pimple can lead to permanent marks. It can leave indentations on your skin for the rest of your life.


However, if you use it right, cortisone shots can prevent permanent scarring from cystic acne.


How Quickly Does it Work?

A cortisone shot is the quickest way to take care of cystic acne. Within eight hours of your first shot, you should notice the cyst or nodule shrinking.


In a few days, you should notice significant shrinkage. Your cyst will also become less painful within 24 hours of your injection.


You should notice reduced swelling, redness, and pain within a few days. If you don’t see any major changes within three or four days, you may need to go in for an additional shot.


Unlike most acne treatments, your symptoms should not get worse before they get better. If it does get worse, you need to call your doctor for plans to move forward.


Love Your Skin

Now you know what an acne cortisone shot is, how it works, and how fast it can relieve your cystic acne. Not sure if it’s the right treatment for you? Come for a complimentary Skin Analysis and consultation!  Book an appointment today!


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