Prednisone and acne treatment
What to do if the acne is mild
In one sense, this question makes no sense because any eruption of spots on the face and neck can provoke adverse comments. But if the number and distribution of the spots is limited, the usual approach is to use a cream or lotion to keep the pores as clean as possible. The best of the over-the-counter products is benzoyl peroxide. This directly attacks the bacteria responsible for the acne and may help reduce the amount of oil produced by the sebaceous gland.
Who to ask for advice?
The specialist is called a dermatologist, but your regular doctor can offer general advice. The aim is to heal the existing spots and do something to prevent new eruptions. In this, remember not to pinch any spot filled with puss. This can push infected material deeper into the skin and make scarring more likely. Even though it does not look as good, it’s better to wait for your body to begin closing the spot down before gently rubbing the top off. Talking to someone is also good for learning strategies to cope with the comments and looks. Keeping the pressure bottled up inside is not good for you. Treating the psychological damage is just as important as producing clear skin.
Prednisone for men
If the acne is moderate to severe, treatment with a prescription-only drug like Prednisone will be recommended. This is used specifically to target the inflammation caused when your body tries to deal with the growth of bacteria. It does not attack the bacteria as such. Use this drug only for a short period of about one week. If you use it for too long, it can become a cause of more persistent acne. If you take it for more than a week, do not stop overnight. Slowly reduce the dose over the next few days.
Prednisone for women
Acne in mature women is often controlled by the use of oral contraceptives because they alter the balance of hormones. Whether this approach is taken will depend on the view of contraception generally and the decision whether to plan for a family. Such decisions can leave women looking at Prednisone, an anti-inflammatory drug that both suppresses the production of androgen by the adrenal gland and reduces inflammation. Again the use of this drug requires a carefully balancing of costs and benefits. Used in short bursts, it’s usually safe. But if you use it over any length of time, you may gain weight. There’s also a risk of losing bone density.