After receiving a Kenalog acne cyst injection, it is essential to follow proper after-care to ensure the best possible outcome and reduce the risk of complications.
Kenalog is a corticosteroid medication used to reduce acne cyst inflammation.
Leave the area untouched:
Avoid touching, scratching, or squeezing the injected area. Let the medication work without interference to reduce inflammation and promote healing.
Apply ice (if advised):
If your practitioner recommends it, you can apply a cold pack or ice wrapped in a cloth to the injected area for 10-15 minutes at a time. This can help reduce swelling and discomfort.
Keep the area clean:
Follow your practitioners instructions on cleaning the injection site. Typically, you can gently clean the area with mild soap and water twice a day. Avoid using harsh cleansers or scrubbing the area vigorously.
Avoid excessive heat and sunlight:
Minimize sun exposure to the injected area, as corticosteroids can make the skin more sensitive to sunlight. If you must go outside, use sunscreen with a high SPF and wear protective clothing, such as hats and long sleeves.
Moisturize (if advised):
Depending on your practioner recommendations, you may apply a mild, non-comedogenic moisturizer to the injected area to keep the skin hydrated and prevent excessive dryness.
Limit physical activity:
Avoid rigorous exercise or activities that cause excessive sweating for the first 24 hours after the injection. Sweating may irritate the injection site or lead to infection.
Follow your practioners instructions:
Be sure to adhere to any specific after-care instructions provided by your practioner which may include any additional medications or creams to apply, dietary guidelines, or potential warning signs of complications to watch out for.
Watch for adverse reactions:
While uncommon, there can be side effects or adverse reactions to Kenalog injections. If you experience severe pain, swelling, redness, or any signs of infection (such as fever), contact your healthcare provider immediately. Hyperpigmentation, thin skin or a temporary skin indentation from lipoatrophy at the injection site can occur.
It may take some time to see the full effects of the Kenalog injection. Results can vary based on the individual and the severity of the acne cyst.
Schedule any follow-up appointments recommended by your practioner. The progress of the response from the injection will be assessed and your practioner will determine if any further treatment is necessary. Remember that everyone's skin and response to treatments can differ
If you have any concerns or questions about your after-care, do not hesitate to reach out to your practioner for guidance.