Learn about acne and how Knoxville Institute of Dermatology can help you.


    Project Description

    Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting nearly 50 million Americans. Those who suffer from acne often experience accompanying anxiety and low self esteem, especially during teenage years. Acne not only affects teenagers, but can affect adults from their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s or even in their 50’s. The providers at Knoxville Institute of dermatology want to help those who suffer from acne achieve healthy clear skin. If you are currently struggling with acne or subsequent acne scarring contact our office to arrange your consultation today.

    What is acne?

    Acne is a common chronic disorder affecting the hair follicle and sebaceous gland, in which there is expansion and blockage of the follicle and inflammation. There are several variants.

    Who gets acne?

    Acne affects males and females of all races and ethnicities. It is prevalent in adolescents and young adults, with 85% of 16-18 year olds affected. However, it may sometimes occur in children and adults of all ages.

    What causes acne?

    Acne is due to a combination of factors. The exact mechanisms are not fully understood.

    • Familial tendency
    • Endogenous and exogenous androgenic hormones
    • Acne bacteria
    • Innate immune activation with inflammatory mediators
    • Distension and occlusion of the hair follicles

    Flares of acne can be provoked by:

    • Polycystic ovarian disease
    • Drugs: steroids, hormones, anticonvulsants, epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitors and others
    • Application of occlusive cosmetics
    • High environmental humidity
    • Diet high in dairy products and high glycaemic foods

    What are the clinical features of acne?

    Acne is often confined to the face but it may involve neck, chest and back. It is characterized by:

    • Open and closed uninflamed comedones (blackheads and whiteheads)
    • Inflamed papules and pustules
    • In severe acne, nodules and pseudocysts
    • Post-inflammatory erythematous or pigmented macules and scars
    • Adverse social and psychological effects

    What is the treatment for acne?

    • Benzoyl Peroxide products
    • Retinoids
    • Topical antibiotics
    • Oral antibiotics
    • Antiandrogen therapy
    • Oral contraceptives
    • Isotretinoin is often used if acne is persistent or treatment resistant.


    My son suffered from breakouts for several years, and they were beginning to leave scars. I decided to try a dermatologist as my final resort, and I am thrilled with the results. He will start high school with clear skin!

    Steven H.

    My family goes to Dr. Anderson and we have all been exceptionally pleased with her skills and care! She has treated us for everything from acne, removal of pre-cancerous spots, rosacea, cosmetic laser procedures, and well visits. She really takes the time to listen and diagnosis your concerns and thoroughly explains all before proceeding with the treatment. She is very knowledgeable on all the latest in Dermatology. Her entire staff is very courteous and professional so I would highly recommend her practice to anyone needing Dermatological care! We are very fortunate to have her practice in our area of Knoxville.

    Gregory D.

    Dr. Quyn Rahman is the best dermatologist I’ve gone to! I’ve been to two others in my past and she is seriously the best out of all three. My other doctors just kept prescribing different acne medicines and creams, nothing was really helping at all. After about 6 years, I was fed up with the mediocre results so I found Knoxville Institute of Dermatology online from their high rated reviews. Dr Quyn REALLY looked and touched my skin to see what she was dealing with, while my other two doctors sat far away and hardly glanced at my skin. I felt like she was really listening to me when I told her what my acne was like. She was so helpful all the time and I was able to call or message her whenever I had questions or concerns. She’s also just the sweetest person; she really wants to do her best and she’s so great at remembering people. It really makes you feel like it’s more than just a doctor’s visit.

    Laura S.

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