When It Comes to Acne Treatments, You Have Options

Man Examines Skin in Mirror

When It Comes to Acne Treatments, You Have Options

We all want to feel beautiful in our own skin. However, when acne rears its ugly head, it is hard to feel as confident and beautiful in your own skin. Below we’ve categorized the different types of acne and the various methods of handling your acne for good. 

What Are the Different Types of Acne?

Acne can come about for a number of reasons. Hormone level changes, certain medications, greasy makeup and heredity are all reasons why someone might be more prone to acne than others.

When it comes to acne, there are actually a number of different types, which is why it is important to be seen by a knowledgeable dermatologist who can diagnose your acne and treat it appropriately, depending on the type.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the following are the most common types of acne:

  • Whiteheads
  • Blackheads
  • Papules
  • Pustules
  • Nodules
  • Cysts

Depending on the type of acne diagnosed, our team at Cumberland Skin Surgery and Dermatology is available to help.


What Acne Treatments Are Available?

Acne treatment depends on the type of acne diagnosed and is usually ongoing. The plus side to acne treatment is that most also work to prevent new acne from appearing while working to heal existing blemishes.

Treatment for acne usually takes some time. However, if any of the following treatments do not help to improve your current acne, then another treatment method might be tried.

Changes in Daily Routine

Especially if your acne has appeared all of a sudden, it could be due to a new makeup or medication you are taking. If this happens to be the case, then changing a medication (if able) or switching makeup might be an easy way to alleviate your acne.

It is important to make sure you tell your dermatologist exactly what medications you take, as well as the products you use on your skin on a daily basis.

Over-the-Counter Medications

For patients who experience a milder form of acne, many non-prescription acne lotions and creams can assist in clearing up your acne. However, it is important to make sure you use these medications, as directed, as using it too often can cause dry skin.

In addition, prescription medications like vitamin A acid and benzoyl peroxide can help to unblock pores and reduce bacteria, which can be extremely beneficial in the promotion of healthier skin. 

If you have severe acne, a medication like isotretinoin might be prescribed if other treatments are not working. However, isotretinoin does come with side effects, which is why it is important for patients to understand and be monitored by a dermatologist throughout use. In addition, when taking this medication, prevention of pregnancy must be followed, as isotretinoin can cause severe birth defects.

Yet, for women, if acne is found to be related to hormonal changes, birth control has been found to be helpful in clearing up acne. 

Antibiotics and Cortisone Injections

When a patient’s acne appears as large, red bumps, cortisone injections are sometimes recommended in order to help them go away. Also, a dermatologist might open and remove blackheads and whiteheads to help with the recovery process.

However, if this is the case, it is important for you not to pick at or pop acne on your own. When you do, you run the risk of more redness and swelling. Therefore, it is important to leave the popping and removal of acne to professionals to help avoid additional inflammation and scarring.

Antibiotics might also be prescribed for severe cases of acne, which can be seen on the chest and/or back. Because antibiotics can cause yeast infections in some women, it is important to keep your dermatologist in the loop so that the yeast infection can also be treated when helping your acne.

Can Acne Be Prevented? 

While treatment is available for acne at Cumberland Skin Surgery and Dermatology, prevention can help to both eliminate and reduce the number of acne outbreaks in your lifetime.

Let’s take a look at steps you can take to help prevent acne from occurring, such as:

  • Keeping your face clean
  • Moisturize
  • Use makeup sparingly
  • Keep your hands off your face
  • Stay out of the sun


Remember, it can be a trial and error process when treating acne, as everyone’s skin and acne is different. Therefore, it is important to be patient and trust in the process when it comes to treating your acne. When you’re ready to get rid of your acne for good, get in touch!

Whether you are dealing with minor to severe acne, our team at Cumberland Skin Surgery and Dermatology is here to help!

Cumberland Skin Surgery and Dermatology provides effective, compassionate general dermatology, skin cancer surgery and cosmetic dermatology solutions for our patients throughout the Southeast. With offices in Hermitage, Lebanon, Brentwood and Hendersonville, Tennessee, we’re your destination for high-caliber skincare. Visit our website at cumberlandskin.com or give us a call today at 615-257-7128.