Acne Specialist

General and Cosmetic Dermatology located in Crossville and Cookeville, TN

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About 50 million Americans experience acne at any given time. Though common, without treatment, acne can affect your quality of life. At Cumberland Dermatology, the team of skin care specialists offers complete care for acne. After an exam and a review of your medical records, they can develop a custom treatment plan that aligns with your needs. To make an appointment in Crossville or Cookeville, Tennessee, call the nearest office or book online today.

Acne Q & A

What is acne?

Acne is a common skin condition characterized by whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples. It occurs when your hair follicles get clogged by oil, dirt, and dead skin cells. Anyone can experience acne, but it’s most common in older children and teenagers. 

If you regularly experience acne and it doesn’t respond to over-the-counter treatments, like face wash or lotion, make an appointment at Cumberland Dermatology. The team offers various treatment options, including prescription Accutane®, an acne drug that can clear up your skin in as little as five months.

What are the symptoms of acne?

Symptoms of acne include:

  • Whiteheads 
  • Blackheads
  • Small red bumps
  • Pimples
  • Large solid lumps under the skin (nodules)

If you have acne, you might also experience painful pus-filled lumps called cystic lesions. Acne can occur anywhere on your body, but it’s most common on the face, chest, and shoulders.

When should I visit a skin care specialist about acne?

Make an appointment with the team at Cumberland Dermatology if you have acne and it doesn’t respond to at-home treatments, like lotions, face washes, or ointments. That’s especially true if your skin is red, itchy, or dry, and it affects your ability to work, exercise, or perform other activities.

What causes acne?

Acne forms for various reasons, including:

  • Excess oil production
  • Clogged hair follicles
  • Bacteria
  • Inflammation

Unfortunately, there are certain triggers that can make your symptoms worse. Common acne triggers include eating certain foods, hormonal changes, and stress.  

How is acne diagnosed?

The team at Cumberland Dermatology diagnoses acne during an in-office appointment. 

First, your provider reviews your medical records, asks about your symptoms, and examines your skin. After determining the severity of your acne, your provider develops a custom treatment plan. Typically, acne treatment involves prescription medication. 

The team at Cumberland Dermatology might recommend:

  • Retinoids or retinol-like drugs
  • Accutane®
  • Antibiotics
  • Azelaic acid
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Anti-androgen agents
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Chemical peel
  • Light therapy

Ultimately, acne treatment aims to clear up your skin, reduce scarring, and prevent future flare-ups.

How long does acne treatment take?

The length of time that acne treatment takes depends on several factors, including the severity of your symptoms and the underlying cause. Most people experience an improvement within six weeks*, but it may take longer. Follow the team’s instructions carefully and attend each of your checkups. 

To learn more about the treatment options for acne, make an appointment at Cumberland Dermatology by calling the nearest office or booking online today.

*Individual results may vary.

Cumberland Dermatology
✆ Phone (appointments): 931-484-6061
Address: 303 N Oak Ave, , Cookeville, TN 38501
Address: 29 Taylor Ave, Suite 101, Crossville, TN 38555