Dermatologists have long used in-office cortisone injections as a quick way to take down inflammation and speed up the healing process of nodules and cysts. But, could this method, which should only be used on isolated spots and not as a regular treatment, be the cause of severe pimples that temporarily go away only to return with a vengeance?
THE PRO: Cortisone acts as an anti-inflammatory and when injected deep into the pore it can minimize swelling in a day or two.
THE CON: Cortisone acts as only part of the solution for extremely inflamed cysts and nodules. “If they are injected but the sac of the cyst, which holds all of the inner contents of the pimple,” says celebrity New York aesthetician Christine Chin. “If it’s not removed the pimple will appear as if it is healing but the bacteria and inflammation will keep escalating and it will come back, sometimes even worse than before.”
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