Has anybody here had a cortisone shot done on a cyst only to have it come back again?
I dont have cystic acne and have never had a cortisone shot, but this sort of story comes up constantly, in this forum.
Its because cortisone only treats the very last cause of acne in the acne formation flowchart. It treats the inflamation. It does not remove the clog - it does not reduce sebum output and it does not kill the bacteria - all it does is stops your body attacking the infection for a while.
Therefore as soon as it wears off - the cyst comes back.
Cortisone should be used in conjunction with another treatment, which i suppose u are, but it looks as though the bacteria have become immune your antibiotic. I would really recommend getting a BP cream, maybe 10% if you want to see results quickly and using it on these two cysts - not on the whole of your face though - only on the two cysts
, to remove the clogs that are trapping the sebum. I think that would have a lot more effect.
How severe is your acne you dont say? But i doubt anyone would prescribe you accutane for two cysts.
Anyways good luck xxx
Hey thanks so much for the reply! Sorry for the long rant yesterday. Sometimes this acne situation is just too much for me. Anyway I have been lucky that with all the cortisone shots that I have had I only had 2 of them come back. The first one was my fault because I bumped the cyst after it was injected so this is really odd for me. What is annoying is that if I dont get them injected they dont seem to go away. It makes sense though from what you are saying as to why they would come back. Very interesting stuff.
Thanks I will have to get some 10% bp cream. I have been using Benzaclin for the past 2 years with really good success but I still get cysts every few months. Its very strange that the past month I have had 3 of them. My derm said the benzaclin cant get deep enough to do anything for the cysts. I will try that 10% bp though and see if that works since maybe there isnt enough bp in the Benzaclin that I am using. I was just put on Doxycycline last Wednesday. I was on it for 10 days last month but the derm didnt think that was long enough to do anything so she has put me on it for 2 months.
I dont have a face full of acne or anything but my acne has been persistent since I was about 19. I have had the prescription for accutane before but decided not to take it. I am kicking myself now because it would have been easier then thats for sure. I used to be on the pill but was taken off due to a blod clot in my arm so that makes things even tougher. I have tried just about every single thing you can think of with antibiotics and with topical medications and have had enough!
Anyway thx for the info and for you kind words. It really helped!
Edited by Karen Howz, 24 January 2011 - 08:09 AM.