We’ve all been there. You’ve got a big event, get together or a first date coming up and you get a painful, red, raised acne bump in the worst possible spot on your face! You hit panic mode and start piling on the acne treatment gels, rubbing alcohol or anything else you can think of to make it go away! Of course, these only make it look worse.  Instead, consider a  a quick fix that for the next time this happens to you: steroid injections.

Although these injections are not as quick as a magic wand, they contain a medication called Kenalog (triamcinolone) that is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Once injected into the cyst, it usually dramatically improves or resolves altogether in one to two days.

Steroid injections are not preventative for acne – they won’t keep acne from developing. They’re more of an emergency or once-in-awhile intervention. They should only be used on large, painful and inflamed cystic acne lesions. Never on small papules or pustules, and absolutely not on blackheads or whiteheads.

A steroid injection can dramatically clear up an acne cyst quick. Instead of waiting weeks for it to go away, you may just have to wait a couple of days! They aren’t a magic wand, but they really are the next best thing!


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