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Steroid (Kenalog) injections involve a small amount of medication that is injected into cystic (large and bumpy) acne lesions to help resolve them much quicker. Steroid injections are very useful for large, painful, nodular lesions to help provide relief from the inflammation and tenderness and for cosmetic benefits. Generally speaking, these lesions will dramatically improve or resolve within 24 to 48 hours or sooner.

It should be understood that steroid injections are not meant to manage or prevent acne but rather are useful for a more immediate, temporary solution for large painful and nodular lesions. There are certain potential adverse or negative side effects that must be considered when weighing the benefits of steroid injections. However, in most instances, the use of steroid injections offers a good option for many suffering from acne.

Lori Haney, RN, MEP-C

Certified Medical Laser Safety Officer

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