3 Editors Share Their Experiences With Cortisone Shots


Harvard Global Health

Since an overnight zit-zapper hasn’t been invented (yet… we're still holding out hope), a cortisone shot is the closest thing we’ve heard of that quickly diminishes pimples—specifically the large, painful kind that haunt our dreams and pop up at the most inopportune times. Basically what a cortisone shot does is it dramatically decreases the size and inflammation of a pimple. Just like a cortisone shot in the shoulder reduces pain and swelling, a small injection of a corticosteroid in a large acne lesion will reduce its size and appearance dramatically. And according to Schweiger Dermatology in NYC, cortisone shots are safe for all ages and all skin types. In other words: So long, pimples. We hardly knew ye.

For three editors here at Byrdie HQ, we decided to investigate this magic treatment for a very similar reason: we each had one big, bad pimple that needed to be taken down immediately. While in theory the treatment procedure is essentially the same, we each had very different results and feelings toward the overall process. Did it work well for any of us?  You’ll have to keep scrolling to find out.

Have you ever gotten a cortisone shot? What was your experience like? Please tell us below!