Cortisone Shots Can Work Magic For Acne

By Susie

  • Cortisone shots can help get rid of a pimple stat
  • They can have side effects so only use for emergencies
  • Like most things in life, for acne, prevention is key - get good sleep!

Here’s a quick tip on how to get rid of a pimple stat. Many of you might already know this, but I just recently found out that a dermatologist can inject pimples with a cortisone shot and had to share. The shot will virtually make the pimple start going down within a few hours and disappear overnight – just like magic!

That said, just like magic, cortisone shots should never be abused. They are meant to be used for emergencies only and not as part of your regular skincare routine. There are many special events that I could have attended blemish free had I know about cortisone shots earlier. Even if I will only sparingly use it, knowing I have a go-to solution when I feel an angry bump coming on is comforting.

Just recently I was pretty stressed out getting ready for a meeting at work. I suffered from consecutive late nights, and sadly, inconsistent skincare became my routine for a couple weeks. My skin suffered greatly, and I felt not one, but three angry volcanoes about to erupt on my face.

I went to my dermatologist and got them taken care of during my lunch break. During my presentation the next day, I felt my audience focusing on what I was saying, rather than being distracted by a potential volcanic eruption on my face (I understand that this could all be in my head, but ladies, it gave me a confidence boost in the moment, and that’s all I really needed!).

I asked Dr. Yoon about cortisone shots. He confirmed that although cortisone is a very effective acne treatment that reduces inflammation quickly, in some cases it can have side effects and should not be used on a regular basis.

For some people too much cortisone/steroid can cause the pimple to leave an indented scar that can be hard to get rid of. As with any type of procedure, small or big, it’s important to  talk to your doctor who knows your skin well about the pros and cons first.

So like most things in life, it seems it’s always better to take steps to prevent acne if you can, rather than resorting to a shot. I asked Dr. Yoon for some at home tips and he emphasized good sleep as the most critical factor. He explained that acne is caused by the stagnation of dead skin cells and clogged pores and sleep is the most effective way to regenerate and get rid of dead skin cells.

He also recommended not wearing too much makeup – especially foundation that can clog pores and cause or exacerbate existing acne.  Lastly, he reminded me to wash my face thoroughly before going to bed.

With this advice, I recommit to acne prevention rituals. Especially, getting good sleep is something I need to really focus on when I get stuck in these busy stressful moments.  On the other hand, I have to admit, it gives me peace of mind to know that I have a safety net in my cortisone shot. I can go to it as a last resort when everything spins out of control and know that all will be good.

This is something I wish I had known about a long time ago… there have been many a special occasion where my hair and makeup were on point, but were sabotaged by the devilish pimple that took center stage!