Acne Treatment Oak Ridge TN

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Robert C Griffith III MD
(865) 588-1361
6311 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN
Specialties
Dermatology

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Dermatology Associates of Oak Ridge PC
(865) 482-2129
800 Oak Ridge Tpke
Oak Ridge, TN
 
Fuller, Robert P MD - Dermatology Associates
(865) 482-2129
800 Oak Ridge Tpke, #A300
Oak Ridge, TN
 
Susan E Freeberg
(865) 690-7130
109 Suburban Rd
Knoxville, TN
Specialty
Dermatology

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Overholt, Meredith MD - Skin Wellness Center
(865) 584-8580
10215 Kingston Pike, #200
Knoxville, TN
 
Donald Alan Sharp, MD
(865) 482-2129
800 Oak Ridge Tpke
Oak Ridge, TN
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Methodist Med Ctr Of Oak Ridge, Oak Ridge, Tn; Scott County Hospital, Oneida, Tn
Group Practice: Dermatology Associates

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Robert Paul Fuller Jr, MD
(865) 482-2129
800 Oak Ridge Tpke Ste A300
Oak Ridge, TN
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Methodist Med Ctr Of Oak Ridge, Oak Ridge, Tn
Group Practice: Dermatology Associates

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Meredith Taylor Overholt, MD
(865) 584-8588
9430 Park West Blvd Ste 335
Knoxville, TN
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1991

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Susan E Freeberg, MD
(865) 690-7130
109 Suburban Rd Ste 101C
Knoxville, TN
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1988
Hospital
Hospital: Fort Sanders Parkwest Med Ctr, Knoxville, Tn

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Dittrich, Lee B MD - Knoxville Dermatology Group
(865) 690-9467
200 Fort Sanders West Blvd, #102
Knoxville, TN
 
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Suggestions for Acne Treatment?

Q. Do you have any suggestions for the treatment of acne? -Karen

Q. Do you have any suggestions for the treatment of acne? I’ve been researching accutane but am looking for a safer solution. Thank you, Karen

Hi Karen,

Acne is a common problem for many which occurs when oil and sebaceous glands that produce sebum to lubricate the skin get clogged by skin cells. The obstructed gland swells with excess sebum and becomes inflamed and sometimes infected. This results in a variety of appearances from whiteheads, blackheads, papules and pustules, to cysts that are large inflamed pus filled lesions that leave scars. 

The cause of this increase in sebum production is not really known but it’s thought that hormones play a role. For women, the week before menses is a common time of occurrence. High testosterone levels, especially in people who abuse exogenous testosterone, is known to correlate with acne. The use of hair and face products such as make-up that contains vegetable or animal oils will certainly contribute to blocking the oil glands. Medications linked to an increased occurrence of acne include: corticosteroids, androgens, birth control pills, lithium, halogens, isoniazid, phenytoin, and phenobarbitol.

Treatment options begin with the basics, which you have likely already addressed such as keeping the skin free of oils, washing with soap to reduce bacterial counts, and over the counter use of benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

Your doctor will likely recommend antibiotics such as clindamycin or erythromycin to kill bacteria in an attempt to reduce inflammation. If you choose this approach I would recommend the topical varieties so that you avoid a systemic exposure. Antibiotics will kill bacteria in your bowel that are important for immune system to work effectively. Other options like retinoids (Retin-A) are medications derived from vitamin A and work by unclogging pores and reducing inflammation but can cause significant side effects such as peeling, redness and photosensitivity (sun burn).

Accutane is another well known acne treatment but we are not sure exactly how it works. Has great potential to cause birth defects in women.

Food and acne is always a popular discussion but from a scientific aspect there is no evidence that food effects acne, not even chocolate. The one possible exception would be that if you have a food allergy then this can upset your delicate immune balance and play some role. Many people have IgG food sensitivities and are completely unaware. If you have any symptoms such as joint pain, headache, rash, gas, bloating, congestion, cough after eating a particular food then you may have an allergy to that food and should get further evaluation which can be done through a simple blood test. Look at Alletess or Immuno Lab online for more information.

Natural therapies that offer hope:
Zinc has been shown in studies to reduce the effects of acne. Be careful not to take too much as zinc excess can...

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