What can I do about acne?

Acne is a condition that can become extremely embarrassing for patients of all ages and, for some, may be difficult to resolve with over-the-counter cleansers, moisturizers, and treatment gels. However, with a proper diagnosis of the type of acne, as well as a consultation with a board-certified dermatologist such as Dr. Neelam Patel of Clarksville, TN, many patients can seek relief from acne once and for all! Below are just a few of our most commonly recommended treatment options for whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples on the face and body:

  • Topical medications: With topical remedies, like retinoids or benzoyl peroxide, patients can treat mild to moderate acne with minimal side effects. These therapies are available over-the-counter but may also be prescribed by Dr. Patel for a more tailored and effective treatment plan. These medications work by unclogging pores, reducing inflammation, and preventing bacterial growth.
  • Oral antibiotics: For patients with moderate to severe acne, oral antibiotics might be prescribed in addition to topical therapies. These medications target the bacteria responsible for acne and help to reduce inflammation. However, it is vital to note that long-term use of antibiotics might lead to antibiotic resistance and should only be used under the guidance and recommendation of a dermatologist such as Dr. Patel. Additionally, oral contraceptives may also be used for female patients to help regulate hormones and reduce the severity of acne breakouts.
  • Isotretinoin (Accutane): Isotretinoin is a powerful medication that is reserved for severe cases of acne. It works by shrinking oil glands and reducing oil production, minimizing the risk of clogged pores. However, this medication does come with potential side effects such as dry skin, lips, and eyes, so close monitoring by a dermatologist is necessary during treatment.

How do I find out if the treatment is right for me?

Dr. Neelam Patel and her experienced team at Magnolia Dermatology of Clarksville, TN, work regularly with patients to help them learn about the treatments, or combination of treatments, that are best for their type and severity of acne. If you live in the area and want to start working with a professional to tackle your acne, call us at (931) 551-2929 to request a visit to the office at 276 Warfield Boulevard.