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Hydrocortisone to treat acne?

Hydrocortisone to treat acne?

Very bad idea: It will make the inflammation fade briefly by causing your neutrophils to stop fighting the bacteria that cause it. It will promote the same hormonal processes that cause acne to flare at puberty. Acne is serious. If topical benzoyl peroxide hasn't cleared you in 2 weeks or you have acne on your trunk, get with a competent physician and get prescription-strength rx -- this will actually work. ...Read more

Dr. Tony Willson
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Hydrocortisone (Definition)

Cortisone is a naturally produced hormone in the body, produced by the adrenal glands. It is often used as a potent medication for inflammatory disease. In serious cases, it is a "wonder" drug, and can be life saving. However, long and continuous use can cause many serious and uncomfortable side effects. Hydrocortisone is a topical skin variety and much ...Read more


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What are ways to treat old acne scars and dark patches caused by eczema and the use of cortizone (hydrocortisone)?

What are ways to treat old acne scars and dark patches caused by eczema and the use of cortizone (hydrocortisone)?

Scar revision: Scar revision may require various combinations of chemical peel, microdermabrasion, dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, scar excision, grafting, fillers, skin bleaching, etc.
Dark patches are generally not caused by cortizone, (hydrocortisone) atrophy is more likely. ...Read more

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I was told Hydrocortisone can help make acne go away, when I tried it my acne was gone for the most part. Is hydrocortisone safe to use for acne?

I was told Hydrocortisone can help make acne go away, when I tried it my acne was gone for the most part. Is hydrocortisone safe to use for acne?

See your doctor: Your doctor can help you with appropriate prescription medications as well as product suggestions. Acne is best managed knowing the triggers, proper products, medications and laser therapy. Hydrocortisone is a bad idea. Salicylic acid wash can be very helpful but consider getting a plan to treat this. Hope you are able to get it under control. ...Read more

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Hydrocortisone to heal acne scabs?

Hydrocortisone to heal acne scabs?

Very bad idea: Hydrocortisone will relieve inflammation but greatly slow healing and encourage overgrowth of the bacteria that will cause the next outbreak. ...Read more

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Is it true that cortizone (hydrocortisone) can help acne heal? Is it ok if I try that?

Is it true that cortizone (hydrocortisone) can help acne heal? Is it ok if I try that?

Poor idea: It will make it better for a day or so and then it will probably get worse. Even in a dysfunctional health care system, you have a right to have your acne controlled. I start with cheap topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative. If this fails, I move to one of the systemic antibiotics that's right for that person. Dermatologists have big guns. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is hydrocortisone valerate cream for acne?

Is hydrocortisone valerate cream for acne?

NO: This is a steroid cream and may actually worsen acne. It is used to treat inflammation, such as a skin allergy or eczema. ...Read more

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My LOs pedi told me to put hydrocortisone 1% on her baby acne. I'm concerned it could have bad side effects. Is there anything better and less harmful?

My LOs pedi told me to put hydrocortisone 1% on her baby acne. I'm concerned it could have bad side effects. Is there anything better and less harmful?

Yes: Most of time it will pass on its own. Use tincture of time and it almost always works. 1% HC is usually quite harmless but try moisturizers first alone. ...Read more

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Is hydrocortisone acetate/urea ok to use on your acne?

Is hydrocortisone acetate/urea ok to use on your acne?

Hydrocortisone/ Acne: Hydrocortisone is a steroid cream that can be used to decrease inflammation from a number of different causes. In general, it is not a first choice acne treatment. For deep cystic acne, steroids can be injected by a physician to help reduce inflammation. However, with daily use, Hydrocortisone can lead to thinning of the skin and redness. Benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid are better choices. ...Read more

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Is locoid (hydrocortisone butyrate) pommade a good choice for treating acne problems?

Is locoid (hydrocortisone butyrate) pommade a good choice for treating acne problems?

No: Topical steroids to treat acne are a bad idea. They may seem to work initially, but they will often create a dependency that makes it very difficult to come off of them. Also, sometimes it can cause "steroid acne" which can be very tough to treat. I would not recommend this. ...Read more

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Are essential oils effective at curing cystic acne? I have tried everything even cortizone (hydrocortisone) shots. Nothing works.

Are essential oils effective at curing cystic acne? I have tried everything even cortizone (hydrocortisone) shots. Nothing works.

Use the hard stuff: "essential oils" are for aromatherapy and and other stuff that's largely entertainment. For real cystic acne, your best move is to get with a real dermatologist and discuss accutane. It's not cheap, pleasant, or entirely risk-free, but for most folks it's well worth it. If you're female, also try to find out whether / why you might have extra androgens on board & if you can take the ocp. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use hydrocortisone cream to decrease inflammation on occasional cystic acne?

MD guidance needed: It is not safe to use Hydrocortisone on a long-term basis and without the supervision of a dermatologist or facial plastic surgeon. A risk of unsupervised Hydrocortisone use is thinning of the skin. ...Read more

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Are essential oils effective at curing cystic acne and scarring? I have tried everything you can think of, even cortizone (hydrocortisone) shots. Nothing works.

Are essential oils effective at curing cystic acne and scarring? I have tried everything you can think of, even cortizone (hydrocortisone) shots. Nothing works.

Options exist: Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon or dematologist to evaluate your personal options. This may include lasers, chemical peels, dermabrasion or prescription skin care. There are many options and you need a regimen tailored to your specific situation and expected results. ...Read more

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Age 24, female. I have acne scars on my face. It has almost been a year now. I have been using hydrocortisone ointmnt for a week. I see improve. Is it ok?

Age 24, female. I have acne scars on my face. It has almost been a year now. I have been using hydrocortisone ointmnt for a week. I see improve. Is it ok?

No: Enough for now, kindly see an experienced dermatologist. Using steroids, even hydrocotisone 1%, for extended periods especially on face isn't recommended unless under medical supervision, local side effects are plenty, some are hardly reversible, just be cautious ...Read more

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My dermatologist recommend me to use dermosalic, hydrocortisone and kenacomb for acne scars. Do these work?

My dermatologist recommend me to use dermosalic, hydrocortisone and kenacomb for acne scars. Do these work?

Acne medications: These are excellent medications and everyones acne and acne treatment tends to be individual. Only your dermatologist can evaluate your type of acne and the proper regemine and response to medications you are receiving ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my dermatologist recommend me to use dermosalic, hydrocortisone and kenacomb for acne scars?

What do you suggest if my dermatologist recommend me to use dermosalic, hydrocortisone and kenacomb for acne scars?

Do What He says: If you have already seen a dermatologist and he/she has recommended a treatment, I would do that and see if it works. If it doesn't work go back and tell them that. DO you have questions about side effects? Otherwise I am not sure what else you are asking. ...Read more

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My 3wk baby pedi told me To put hydrocortisone on her acne. Can this be the cause of constant vomiting and spitting up? Can Colic Calm be too aggressive

My 3wk baby pedi told me To put hydrocortisone on her acne. Can this be the cause of constant vomiting and spitting up? Can Colic Calm be too aggressive

No: No, topical hydrocortisone is definitely NOT thr cause of constant vomiting and spitting up. Colic Calm is not a contributor, there is something else going on with your baby. Given this is the weekend and you are concerned about persistent emesis, I would recommend an ER evaluation. We need to get a complete history and physical exam to learn more about the cause of this vomiting. ...Read more

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How do I Wean off hydrocortisone 1% cream? Hav been using it for 10 years on my face as prescribed by my doctor for acne. Bad mistake. Please help me

Steroid acne: You should NEVER use any cortisone product for long periods of time as it can lead to steroid acne, permanent thinning of the skin, and stretch marks. I would stop the hydrocortisone immediately. However because your skin is addicted to the steroid, it may get worse before it gets better over the next few weeks. You may see a dermatologist on using a non steroid based cream in the meantime. ...Read more

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I use differin (adapalene) & hydrocortisone cream for acne. I stop using it the day after I had sex on my fertilised day. Is it no effect if I get pregnant?

I use differin (adapalene) & hydrocortisone cream for acne. I stop using it the day after I had sex on my fertilised day. Is it no effect if I get pregnant?

Both are category C: With pregnancy, meaning don't use them unless benefit clearly outweighs risk, differin (adapalene) in particular is a retenoid, when taken orally is completely contraindicated with pregnancy, please check with your doctor/obstetrician all medicines you're on or plan to use while pregnant, goodluck ...Read more

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So my doctor perscribed me hydrocortisone acetate, is acne a side effect?

Maybe: Lpts of people who take cortisne or other similar products usually by mouth at higher doses can get acne as a side effect. It is not very common to get acne from the low concentration topicals prescribed. ...Read more

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Will hydrocortisone acetate get rid of pimples and acne on my face?

Will hydrocortisone acetate get rid of pimples and acne on my face?

ACNE: Using hc on the face sometimes can help in acne rx due to its anti -inflammatory effect. ...Read more

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My son has cystic acne and has developed a boil on his cheekbone under his eye. What can we do to treat it without leaving a scar?

My son has cystic acne and has developed a boil on his cheekbone under his eye. What can we do to treat it without leaving a scar?

Forgive my frankness: If Junior has cystic acne, his whole face is going to end up badly scarred unless he gets on isotretinoin. It's too late to prevent a scar from this lesion. If you continue to resist definitive, effective treatment because of scare stuff you read on the Internet, Junior will hold this against you for the rest of his life. Almost everyone who goes this course is glad. Get with his physician now. ...Read more

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What can you do to prevent and treat vaginal acne/boils?

What can you do to prevent and treat vaginal acne/boils?

See you have: Abscesses listed under conditions. If you have multiple abscesses - this is not a job for home remedies. This warrants medical evaluation and a specific treatment plan based on findings. ...Read more

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Is using cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream for pimples on shoulders and neck a bad idea?

Is using cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream for pimples on shoulders and neck a bad idea?

Cortisone for acne: It's ok to use occasionally, but don't start using it regularly. Cortisone is a topical steroid cream and over time it will worsen acne, thin the skin and cause other problems. It's great at getting inflammation under control quickly, but over the long term it is more detrimental than beneficial. Save it for emergencies, like the big zit on the end of your nose that appears before a big event. ...Read more

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My Boyfriend is experiencing painless white bumps, pubic area (looks like pimples); warm water aggravates it. 2 months. Hydrocortisone cream?

My Boyfriend is experiencing painless white bumps, pubic area (looks like pimples); warm water aggravates it. 2 months. Hydrocortisone cream?

Maybe: Hydrocortisone cream can help decrease itching and minor inflammation's redness or bumpiness. One's primary care doctor may need to examine the rash to see if there is yeast (fungus) overgrowth, or bacterial overgrowth, on the skin or at the hair follicles. If one does not shave that area, it should not be an ingrown hairs problem. ...Read more

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3.5year old got bit by a fire ants last night, she woke up both her foot are swollen some look like pimples. Used hydrocortisone. What else can I do?

3.5year old got bit by a fire ants last night, she woke up both her foot are swollen some look like pimples. Used hydrocortisone. What else can I do?

Treat the itching: Watch for infection of the bite marks, since the skin was broken by the bites. Put antibiotic ointment on the pimples, and give him Benadryl (diphenhydramine) syrup to decrease the urge to scratch. If you see red streaks from the bite marks, go to the doctor to treat for infection. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...Read more


Boil (Definition)

A boil is an infected epidermoid cyst of the skin. Usually related to sebaceous glands, which secrete waxy/oily lubricant ...Read more