A pimple forms when sebum, the normal secretion of the sebaceous glands, becomes trapped in the hair follicle and mixes with dead skin cells. Depending on the severity, an acne lesion can take up to two months to fully heal.
To avoid permanent scarring, resist the temptation to squeeze, and instead, visit your dermatologist for a cortisone injection.
Cortisone injections can help quickly reduce pain and swelling by suppressing inflammation. They are an excellent last-minute fix, because there is no downtime associated with the treatment. (Your doctor may also use a small needle to drain the blemish and eliminate infection.)
Keep in mind, while cortisone injections can reduce redness and inflammation, they can potentially cause a slight depression in the skin at the injection site.
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