If you suffer from Cystic Acne, you know how debilitating it can be when a breakout strikes without warning. Knowing that 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 an exceptionally long time, reducing your self confidence, self image, and sometimes your ability to socialize or face anyone. Left untreated, cysts can be permanent or turn into deep scars – this underscores the need for rapid therapy.

At YourDerm.ca, we have helped thousands of patients who have suffered from Cystic Acne. Our individualized approach reduces the number of flare-ups, eliminates blemishes and bumps, reduces pain, and alleviates the risk of permanent scarring. Cortisone Injections are used when necessary in conjunction with our recommended topical and oral medications as well as individualized skincare regimens such as toner, cleanser, scrubs, and moisturizers.

Before & After

Fractional Laser for Acne Scars
Cortisone Injections For Acne Bumps And Scars

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 infected debris penetrating 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 painful
  • 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 Propionic bacteria ( acnes)
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 and prevent scarring.

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. Cortisone is an anti-inflammatory substance that works by reducing the inflammation of the walls housing the cysts.

The procedure has little or no pain.  A tiny needle is used to inject a diluted solution of cortisone directly into the blemish and is repeated until the entire area has been treated. The cyst will then shrink, reducing the risk of scar formation and the development of a deep, permanent cyst.

When Will I See Results?

Once the cortisone is injected into the blemish, inflammation will begin to subside immediately. Within 24 hours, blemishes will begin to soften and shrink, while the bumps and scars will begin to flatten out.

Depending on the patient and severity of the Cystic Acne, the imperfections may not disappear entirely, however, they will be substantially smaller, less painful, and the redness will fade.

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 for 24 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

Schedule A Consultation

Thank you for your interest in our clinic.

Medical Dermatology appointments require a referral from your Family Doctor or General Practitioner, while Cosmetic procedures do not.

A fee of $100 will be charged should you choose not to obtain a referral for any Medical appointments. Please contact us at 403-457-1900 or email us at info@derm.ca if you are unclear as to whether your issue is Medical or Cosmetic.

Also, you are welcome to use the acne.ca platform for secure electronic dermatology consultations.

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