I know that taking Prednisone for the long term is dangerous. I just wondered if it could help if taken for a short period of time and how long it would take before I see results.
I was wondering if Prednisone could help clear up an acute case of acne?
Question posted by Taller on 28 April 2012
Last updated on 4 May 2012
Hello Taller. Since you have taken the prednisone be sure your doctor knows about it. Should you need a sudden surgery, have an infection or any other medical dilemma your doc has to know this because of potential complications being treated. This has a lasting effect on your immune system of three to six months. The acne may reappear with a vengeance. Hopefully it does not. But if it does, DO NOT take it again. See a dermatologist. Since the acne is infrequent does it relate to periods of high stress?
The reason why it might be used in reducing inflammation, is because an autoimmune response is overworking the endocrine system. The problem is it reduces the ability to fight infection. And that is dangeous. You can have improvement and then a rebound much worse. Without a full medical history One would not be safe to say it is ok.
A 20 mg one time tablet is a stiff dose for one day. The body does not like to be shocked like that and then immediately withdraw.
I truly encourage you to see a doctor. Give the doc your whole experience and the Doc will be able to help you. Will be curious to hear what you are told. EndlessPred(nisone)
Taller, if you only get acne, once or twice a year, I would NEVER mess around with a drug as dangerous as prednisone. Seriously. It is a very nasty drug, that when necessary can be a life saver, BUT, with serious side effects that especially at your age, you do NOT need to deal with. PLEASE, don't go the prednisone way, there are many other meds out there, that are much more effective without the terrible side effects of prednisone.
I understand. I had terrible acne too, and my parents didn't even take me to a doctor. At your age, they hadn't even developed benzoyl peroxide, so believe me, there were not many choices OTC. Good luck, and be glad that you only have a breakout once or twice a year. Too many good meds OTC nowadays that you can find. Good luck!
I agree with everyone. Prednisone should help with acne - it reduces the inflammatory responses your body produces. But as a side effect it can also cause acne. Tetracycline works well, but takes awhile and can also affect your teeth. That being said, I hate the idea of using pred for this purpose. For every drug there are the potential for side effects, and with pred the side effects can be awful and long lasting... is it worth that to clear up acne? Only you can decide that.
Sweet lemon is right. You would be better to consult with your doctor. My son had this problem in his teens, & was put on tetracycline. It worked very well for him... Mary
Hullo my friend, I just googled this situation, Taller, and it would appear that steroid use can actually CAUSE acne! Now, I'm no expert, so please await a response from someone that IS an expert in this area!
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