Cystic Nodular Acne After Corticosteroid

Doctor gave me Lameson (something like prednisone) - corticosteroid for my Bell's Palsy. After taking it for 2 months, in my 47yo - acne appear on my face from the chin and now after 50 days spreading to both lower cheek and forehead. Starting from whiteheads all over my chin and cheek - and then many of them become severe cystic nodular acne. to my surprise, corticosteroid is used for acne medication ?? how could it be possible ? If it's true, should I drink back the pill ?

Doctor Answers 2

Cortisone induced acne may be best treated with oral doxycycline

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Cortisone induced acne may be best treated with oral doxycycline. Even though systemic steroids can be used in treating cystic acne, this is a case where they are not indicated.

Chicago Dermatologist

Steroid acne

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Steroid induced acne usually responds well to oral antibiotics. The antiinflammatory effect of these drugs probably plays some part in their success. I often use a benzoyl peroxide wash as well.

Jo Herzog, MD
Birmingham Dermatologist
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