Acne

Are you struggling with troublesome acne and severe, painful breakouts? While not a life-threatening condition, acne can negatively affect one’s self-esteem and confidence levels and cause permanent scarring. 

 

If you are ready to find an effective acne treatment plan, the board-certified dermatologists at Cumberland Skin are here to help. Our team is experienced and trained in the latest technology and treatments to alleviate and relieve the causes and symptoms of acne. To learn more about acne and how we treat it at our clinic, read our acne guide below.

What is Acne?

 

Acne is a common skin condition that occurs when follicles become plugged with sebum (the skin’s natural oil) and dead skin cells. This causes clogged pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that occur most commonly on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders, and even the upper arms. 

Acne FAQs

 

Read our answers to frequently asked questions about acne below. We cover topics such as what causes acne, the steps you can take to prevent it, and the treatments we use to help our patients overcome their acne. 

What causes acne?

Acne is primarily caused by clogged pores due to an excess of sebum (the skin’s natural oil) and a buildup of dead skin cells. However, acne can sometimes be a complicated skin condition and is not always caused by the same thing. 

 

The four leading causes of acne include: 

 

  • Excess oil production.
  • Oil and dead skin cells clogging hair follicles.
  • Androgens (male hormones) and hormonal imbalances from life stages like puberty, pregnancy, or menopause. 
  • C. acne bacteria. 

 

To get a better idea of what’s causing your acne, visit an experienced dermatologist for a thorough skin consultation. 

Is acne painful?

Acne can often be painful, especially if someone is suffering from deep, cystic and nodular acne, inflammatory acne, and scalp acne. 

How can I prevent acne?

While there’s no tried and true skincare routine for completely preventing acne, there are a few steps one can take to keep the skin clean and clear as best as possible. 

 

  1. Wash and cleanse your face 1-2x per day. 
  2. Regularly wash your hair, as oily hair can often cause forehead acne. 
  3. Focus your diet around wholesome fruits and vegetables and quality fats, such as nuts and seeds.
  4. Refrain from touching your face, especially with dirty fingers. 
  5. Stay away from pore-clogging makeup and hair care products
  6. Let the skin breathe by not wearing makeup everyday. 
  7. Change your bedsheets and pillowcases weekly. 
  8. Don’t over-exfoliate or be too harsh to your skin. 

 

Ultimately, it will take some time to find the right daily skincare routine for your unique skin. However, if you’re dealing with severe acne or frequent breakouts, get in touch with a professional dermatologist today to find relief.

What are the available acne treatments?

As with any medical condition, acne prevention is best. However, if preventive measures are not helping your acne, it may be time to seek professional help to find an effective solution. 

 

Acne treatment options at Cumberland Skin Surgery and Dermatology include but are not limited to:

 

  • Antibiotics
  • Isotretinoin Treatment (Accutane)
  • Non-prescription acne lotion and/or cream
  • Photodynamic blue light therapy
  • Personalize Skin Care Regimen 

 

If you’re interested in learning more about acne treatments, call us today and let’s work together to get your acne under control!

Can diet affect acne?

Generally speaking, diet can play a large factor in overall skin health. While there is no conclusive evidence linking any specific foods to acne, some people experience improvements in their skin when reducing their intake of dairy and high-glycemic index foods, such as white bread.

 

Furthermore, eating a well-balanced diet high in nutrient-dense fruits and veggies, whole grains, quality protein, and healthy fats can work in conjunction with other dermatology treatments for your skin.

Acne Photos

 

If you’re unsure if you’re suffering from acne, view the acne photos below and contact our board-certified dermatologists for trusted, reliable acne treatment options. 

Request an Appointment for Acne Treatment at Cumberland Skin

 

Whether you’re dealing with minor or severe acne, our dermatologists at Cumberland Skin are here to help you find a suitable acne treatment plan. Schedule a consultation with us today by contacting us online or calling 615-449-5771 for our Lebanon office, at 615-964-5941 for our Hermitage office, or at 615-824-7491 for our Hendersonville office.