March 2021 - Acne and treatments for clearer skin

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, nearly 50 million people suffer from acne in the United States alone which makes it the most common skin issue affecting people ages 12 to 24. In many cases, acne can be severe and even persist into someone’s 30s and 40s. Acne can have a huge impact on someone’s self-esteem and mental health and even dictate their work and social life. Although acne is a very common skin issue, finding a dermatologist that provides acne-friendly skin care and long-term solutions can be difficult and time-consuming.

Fortunately, knowledge regarding acne and treatment options have come a long way in the last several years. Our team of providers understand the challenges associated with having acne and the significance that accompanies the journey to clear skin. We asked Vanna Padilla, FNP-C some frequently asked questions regarding acne and treatment options. She was happy to share the expertise she’s obtained from helping her patients who have acne.

What are some of the most common misconceptions associated with acne?

A big one is that is can be cured with one product alone or herbal supplements that make huge claims. There is a systemic process to getting rid of acne and keeping clear skin for good which is not usually a one step process for people. In my experience, prescriptions and a skin care regimen yield the most successful results for patients. Another misconception is that acne suggests that you have dirty skin or that you don’t ever wash your face. Bacteria plays a role in acne but you can wash your face and still suffer from acne. Bacteria is usually not the sole culprit.

Is it possible to maintain a skin care regimen and effectively treat acne simultaneously?

It is recommended that you first get your acne under control before you focus heavily on anti-aging skin care products. It is possible to use a vitamin A topical retinoid as they promote faster cell turnover. This process can help reduce acne by exfoliating dead skin that can lead to break outs. It is important to have the mindset of getting your acne under control first, however, before adding in retinoids and vitamin serums to help keep your skin clear.

What lifestyle changes are expected on the road to clearer skin?

The biggest change is adopting a skin care routine. I enjoy personalizing a skin care regimen for each patient that I believe will help them obtain clearer skin. Patients will need to stick to a 3-step skin care routine for morning and night – Wash, apply their medication and moisturize. I realize that is a lot to do but clearer skin requires a little patience. In some cases, a change in diet to a low glycemic index without dairy can also help keep skin clear. We usually try this for 2 weeks to see how it goes.

How can I avoid accidentally causing break outs?

Overdoing treatments or using too many products can be a trigger for breakouts. Social media marketing and influencer marketing can be overwhelming and patients may be tempted to try many products at once in hopes that they will see clearer skin. Instead, this can really irritate their skin and cause further breakouts.

Are you an acne sufferer? Clear skin is attainable! If you would like more information about what treatment options are available for you, call one of our eight locations across Middle Tennessee to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled providers. Our patients are part of the SSD Family and we love giving back in any way that we can! Do you have an acne success story that you would like to share with us? We would love to hear from you! Send your story or photos to:

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