We’ve all been there – you’ve got a huge event coming up and suddenly a giant, painful, hormonal zit pops up on your face. It hurts, it’s visible from space, and it showed up at the worst time imaginable.
I’ve had this happen to me more times than I can count – being on television and having hormonal acne do not mix well.
But I found an incredibly fast, effective solution that works for me. In fact, it feels a little bit like magic.
That’s right. A dermatologist injects your pimple with cortisone and it starts to decrease in size within hours. Within 24 hours, it should be gone. (That’s always been the case for me.) It really has been a lifesaver for me when I have a big event coming up and there’s no amount of zit cream or face wash that will help a giant, painful hormonal zit.
But before you grab your keys and race to your nearest dermatologist, there are a few things you should consider.
- It can be expensive. I usually pay around $20-$25 per shot. Like I said, it’s worth it to me, but I don’t do it often – maybe twice a year. This is, in my opinion, for emergency situations only – weddings, big events, etc.
- Potential skin issues. After an injection, some people have gotten ‘divots’ or depressions in their skin where the pimple used to be. I personally haven’t had this happen but it’s something you should research and consider before taking the plunge.
- The right person makes all the difference. Make sure you’re getting this done by someone who knows what they’re doing. There are plenty of places that offer these shots quickly and easily, but I personally prefer going to a dermatologist or medical professional who will treat the procedure with care. Remember, someone is injecting a needle into your face – you want to be able to trust them!
- It can sting. I’d personally rather have a few seconds of pain rather than a week of the dull thumping of a hormonal pimple, but everyone is different. Just know that it won’t feel great while you’re getting the injection.
Needless to say, it’s not a cure-all. But it IS a great option. If you have an unexpected friend pop up on your face right when there’s a big event coming up, it’s something to consider. The results can be amazing.