When Will I See Results?

If you suffer from Cystic Acne, you know how debilitating it can be when a breakout strikes without warning. Knowing that there is no there is no quick fix to make it disappear right away, it can leave you feeling powerless.

In addition, the pain can be excruciating, and once it arrives, it can stay for a very long time, destroying your self confidence, self image, and crippling your ability to socialize or face anyone.

At YourDerm.ca, we have helped thousands of patients who have suffered from Cystic Acne, reduce the number of flare ups, eliminate the blemishes and bumps, reduce pain, and alleviate the risk of permanent scarring, using Cortisone Injections in conjunction with our recommended topical and oral medications.

Cortisone Injection After Care Plan

Cortisone Injection therapy is most effective when administered in conjunction with topical and/or oral medications. After the procedure, Dr. Alanen or one of our medically trained specialists will provide an after care plan tailored to your specific situation.

Is There Any Downtime?

Most patients resume regular activities shortly after the treatment, however, redness and mild swelling will generally persist for4-6 hours. We do recommend protecting the treated area for24 hours and controlling the swelling by applying cold compresses as needed.

Benefits of Cortisone Injections

  • Reduces large red blemishes caused by cystic acne
  • Flattens cystic acne bumps
  • Eliminates pain associated with cystic acne
  • Quick effective procedure
  • Reduces inflammation immediately
  • Little or no pain or discomfort
  • Reduces large blemishes

Cystic Acne

If you suffer from Cystic Acne, you know how debilitating it can be when a breakout strikes without warning. Knowing that there is no there is no quick fix to make it disappear right away, it can leave you feeling powerless.

In addition, the pain can be excruciating, and once it arrives, it can stay for a very long time, destroying your self confidence, self image, and crippling your ability to socialize or face anyone.

At YourDerm.ca, we have helped thousands of patients who have suffered from Cystic Acne, reduce the number of flare ups, eliminate the blemishes and bumps, reduce pain, and alleviate the risk of permanent scarring, using Cortisone Injections in conjunction with our recommended topical and oral medications.

What Is Cystic Acne?

Cystic Acne is the most severe form of acne which originates deep below the surface of the skin, and stems from a rupture of the follicle wall, giving way to leakage of infected debris into the dermis. Cystic acne is typically found on the face, neck, shoulders, and back.

Patients who suffer from Cystic Acne develop acne cysts which manifest as inflamed breakouts on the surface of the skin. Common characteristics of acne cysts include:

  • Large red lesions which can approach 1-2 centimeters
  • Extremely pain
  • Soft lumps filled with fluid

Cystic acne is linked to heredity, and although found in some teenage girls and young women, it is most commonly found in adolescent boys and young adult men.

As with most other forms of acne, cystic acne is caused by:

  • Excessive oil gland activity
  • Dead skin cells in pores

High level of acne causing bacteria Propionibacteria (P-bacteria)

Conditions And Areas Treated By Cortisone Injections

  • Cystic Acne
  • Face and neck
  • Chest and shoulders
  • Back

Cortisone Injections are not effective on regular pimples because the pus which is present in a pimple can cause cortisone to dilute and make it ineffective. The sole purpose of a Cortisone Injection is to shrink the swollen walls of acne cysts, and in turn reduce inflammation.

How Does The Cortisone Injection Procedure Work?

Cortisone Injection treatments, technically called Intralesional Corticosteroid Injections are performed by our lead Dermatologist Dr. Ken Alanen, at the YourDerm.ca clinic.

Although the procedure has little or no pain, it often begins with an application of numbing cream on the area to be treated, to reduce any potential pain or discomfort. A tiny microneedle is then used to inject a diluted solution of cortisone directly into the blemishes and repeated until the entire area has be treated.

Cortisone is an anti-inflammatory substance which works by reducing the inflammation of the walls housing the cysts. It is not an antibiotic and therefore will not kill the p-bacteria which is a primary cause of acne.

Here’s What Our Patients Are Saying…

“Dr. Alanen did the injection which was relatively painless and within 24 hours the cyclops I had on my forehead disappeared!  I can’t thank Dr. Alanen enough…
-Blaine M.