Re: Holy Crap (***??)
hi bimbot! accutane shrinks the sebaceous glands so that the skin produces less oil for bacteria to foment in, hence, less acne. kinda like draining a swamp will get rid of mosquitos, right? prednisone is not an acne treatment, and it is definately not something you would want to use long term as the side effects can be quite serious and permanent. prednisone is a powerful corticosteroid, like cortisone. it's primary purpose is not to clear acne, but to reduce swelling caused by the cystic acne that some of us experience. ask yer derm if you've got a swollen case of cystic acne, if that would be an appropriate treatment for you, and ask about cortisone injections too, those things kill, but they sure do shrink up a cyst!
as for the side effects of long term use of steroids like predinsone, those include softening of the bones and weight gain. i was on it for about 4 months and gained about 15 lbs. i have a friend with lupus who had to take it almost a year and she put on about 50lbs, which is a lot harder to lose! bottom line, be careful!
take care of yerself girl! ali