Karen Nichols, ARNP - Aging Gracefully & Living Happily
(located in the Avondale area of Everett, WA)

Acne Cyst Injections

Cysts and nodules are large acne lesions (5mm or more in diameter). They are deep within the skin and are therefore sometimes resistant to topical treatments. Sometimes cysts can last for weeks or months and if left untreated can potentially scar.

Acne Cyst Chin
If you have a cyst or nodule and you have a big event coming up, such as a party or a wedding a cortisone injection is a way to possibly shorten the duration of the lesion. The cortisone injection can also decrease the likelihood of scarring. Cortisone injections do not have to be reserved for special occasions. Feel free to make an appointment for injections on an as-needed basis.

Cortisone Injection FAQ's

Q. What is a cortisone injection?
A. Cortisone is a naturally occurring chemical which is released in the body in response to inflammation. The cortisone produced by the body is somewhat short acting however, and often does not produce the quick healing that is desired. For this reason, cortisone is sometimes injected directly into an area of inflammation. Cortisone is a corticosteroid, a steroid hormone which is produced by the adrenal gland. Cortisone is often referred to as a steroid, but should not be confused with anabolic steroids which are drugs used to increase muscle size and have multiple side effects.

Q. What does the cortisone injection do?
A. Cortisone can quickly reduce inflammation and promote faster healing. With cystic acne lesions healing usually begins immediately.

Q. What are the side effects?
A. The most notable side effect is that the area can be left sunken or depressed. This is due to atrophy of the fatty tissue surrounding the injection. This atrophy is temporary, but can take several months or longer to return to normal. Other side effects are rare, but may include temporary pain and hypopigmentation (white spots) at the site of the injection.

Q. Is there anyone who can't have a cortisone injection?
A. People taking medication for high blood pressure, diabetes or thyroid disorders or who have reduced liver function are generally not good candidates for cortisone injections. Also cortisone is not recommended for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning a pregnancy in the near future.