Getting rid of acne is difficult. There are three major kinds of acne that people suffer from. Whiteheads and blackheads are most common and simple to get rid of. They are located near the surface of the skin and contain a head. This makes whitehead and blackhead removal easy through extractions. Cystic acne is considered severe acne because they are painful and leave scars. This kind of acne is difficult to treat because they are located deep in the skin and do not have a head. This makes them impossible to extract or treat with a topical acne medication.
If you want to get rid of cystic nodules you have to go to a dermatologist. Makes sure when you chose a dermatologist that they will be able to get rid of your acne. This can be done by asking a two questions. Do you prescribe Accutane? Do you give cortisone shots? If the people at the front desk do not answer yes to either one of these questions move onto the next name in the phone book. I spent years going to a dermatologist who specialized in anti aging. This was a huge waste of time and money. Asking a few simple questions can save you years of frustration and a few thousand dollars.
Cortisone is naturally produced by the adrenal glands located above your kidneys. Cortisone promotes healing and reduces swelling. This is injected into cystic nodules. As soon as you get an injection the nodule disappears. This is a great solution if you have an event where pictures will be taken and you need to clear up your skin quickly. It seems a little strange getting facial injections but the needle does not go very deep and it only lasts a second. Larger, discolored nodules can take 24 hours to completely disappear.
If you have tried several prescription acne medications and you still have bad acne your may be eligible for an Accutane prescription. Accutane is one of the most effective acne medications on the market. A lot of people shy away from it because of the harsh side effects and I did too. When I took Accutane the only side effects I experienced were dry chapped lips and I was prone so sunburns. As soon as I went off the medication the side effects went away. One of the best things about Accutane is its ability to keep acne from coming back. Many medications I had used only cured my acne while I was taking the medication. I took Accutane 4 years ago and today my skin is 99% acne free.