Acne is a chronic disorder of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands. Acne causes clogged pores which lead to inflammation and infection. There are different types of acne including comedones (“whiteheads and blackheads”), pimples, and cysts. Acne may occur on the face, chest, upper back, shoulders, and neck. Severe acne can sometimes result in pigmented or textured scarring.


The telltale signs of acne are inflammation and redness. There may be pus-filled pimples, or there may simply be bumps on the skin. In either case, acne can sometimes also be sensitive, sore, or painful to touch. The skin around it can also feel oily or dry, depending on your skin type.


There are many, many causes of acne which are unique to each person. Most people experience acne during their teenage years, but it goes away during adulthood. Some patients still experience acne as an adult, leading to frustration. Some of the most common culprits of acne include:

  • Hormone fluctuations
  • Stress
  • Diet
  • Genetics
  • Lifestyle factors


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For most patients, acne is easily treated with the right medication. Topical medications like retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, and topical antibiotics are often the first line of treatment. In some cases, oral medications can help improve hormonal acne. Finally, there are a variety of professional skin treatments like chemical peels that can help treat and prevent breakouts. At Biltmore Dermatology, our team will tailor your treatment plan to your specific needs and skin type.


If you have an immediate concern, you want to find quality care as soon as possible. Our office takes walk-in appointments and will be happy to address your concerns and offer you immediate treatment suggestions and medical care.



Acne can be disruptive to your confidence. To schedule an appointment and learn more about your treatment options, contact our Terre Haute, IN office by calling or filling out our online contact form, or “Walk In Now.”

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the main cause of acne?

The main cause of acne is clogged pores. More specifically, excess sebum oil mixes with dead skin cells, dirt, makeup, and other surface debris and gets trapped in the pores, leading to inflammation and acne breakouts.

What can worsen acne?

Acne triggers are different for everyone but common things that can worsen acne are hormone changes, foods that are high in carbohydrates or sugar, and oily makeup or hair products.

Does the sun make acne worse or better?

There is a common misconception that the sun dries out acne and improves acne breakouts. Unfortunately, drying out the skin can actually lead to future acne breakouts because the skin will overproduce oil to compensate.

How can I make acne go away?

A good skincare routine is one of the simplest ways to get rid of acne and prevent future breakouts. Make sure to cleanse your skin thoroughly every night to remove makeup and sweat from the day. Exfoliating ingredients like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and retinoids can help unclog the pores and remove excess oil but be careful to not overuse harsh exfoliating products.

Is there a quick fix for acne?

Skincare products or prescribed medications with benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, salicylic acid, and antibiotics can help quickly clear up an acne breakout. Professional acne treatments like chemical peels or facials are also highly effective for stubborn or persistent acne.


Ryan is State Licensed and Nationally Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner (NP-C) by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Additionally, he is board certified as a Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner (DCNP) by the Dermatology Nursing Certification Board. He has 20+ years of Dermatology Experience.

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“I walked in as a brand new patient. Dreading the possibility of having to spend my whole afternoon there, I was in and out in 45 minutes, including a small procedure. Less than an hour from registration to departure is amazing in itself! Front desk staff was very kind, nurse Maddie was awesome, and Ryan was very knowledgeable! Bonus: great music playing in the exam room. I have honestly never been so impressed with a medical office. Would HIGHLY recommend!” – Sarah G.

“My wife and I had our first visit to Biltmore Dermatology. Doctor and staff were very friendly and helpful. Was able and willing to answer all our questions that we brought up. So thankful to have staff with attitudes of caring when having to go through a stressful medical condition. My wife and I thank you.” – William P.




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