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.

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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?

Poor choice. Jesse, this suppresses inflammation briefly but you're asking to have it come back with a vengeance. You're almost a grown man, and you need to start managing your acne scientifically . Topical benzoyl peroxide is not pleasant but it's your best friend, or topical retinoic acid. If this isn't sufficient, get with your physician. Acne's unrelated to diet, lifestyle, or hygiene. Read more...
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...

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

No it can not. Avoid putting any topical steroid on your face. Medications for acne that are also over the counter include benzoyl peroxide washes and spot treatment as well as salicylic acid. You can also see your doctor, and there are other more effective methods. Read more...
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...