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Acne and Acne Scars from a Memphis Dermatologist

by George Woodbury Jr. M.D. (02/13/2024)

Acne and Acne Scars can have negative effects on a person’s mood and self-confidence. Fortunately, dermatologists like me now have a growing number of acne treatment options, as well as options for acne scars, for people with different complexion issues, for people with dry skin, combination skin, or oily skin. Let's look at some of these options, my having practiced as a Board-certified Memphis Dermatologist for the last 32 years: pimple popping should be a thing of the past, with Acne Scars less and less of a problem. 

Traditional therapies for acne include antibiotics like doxycycline and minocycline, with prescription topicals (meaning “on top of the skin”) for blackheads (comedones), papules, or cystic acne: Tretinoin Cream, differin gel (Adapalene), benzoyl peroxide, azelaic acid, or topical dapsone. Sometimes, we consider a five months course of an oral medicine called isotretinoin (Accutane), which dries up the oil glands and is highly effective but requires strict avoidance of pregnancy while on treatment and monthly bloodwork. Sometimes, Dermatologists also look at hormonal therapies, like spironolactone pills or even birth control pills.

For cysts, Dermatologists often discuss with patients the options of medical management versus surgical management, which can involve injecting the cyst sac or even removing the cyst under a shot of local anesthetic, the goal is to cut down the risk of acne scars.

In 2024, dermatologists will also have a new oral antibiotic, Sarecycline, which seems to have a quicker onset of action, and a newer retinoid gel, Trifarotene®. There is also a variation of acne – called fungal acne – which can be treated with prescription antifungal medicines.


Acne scars can traditionally be treated with topical (meaning for use “on top of” the skin) Glycolic Acid, with a treatment called a chemical peel, with prescription creams called retinoids (like Retin A Cream), with a cosmetic treatment called dermabrasion or with laser therapy. 

After 25 years of practicing dermatology, in 2016, I decided to establish a skincare products company  - Big River Silk Skincare™ Inc. – to manufacture and distribute organic skincare products for people going onto prescription therapies. I incorporated cleansers and moisturizers that my family of Woodbury Dermatologists has used for years for Tennessee and Arkansas Dermatology patients: AmberSoy™ Soap Gel and GlycoShea™ Facial&Neck Lotion.

AmberSoy Soap Gel is a great cleanser option for people with oily or combination skin. It can be used as a type of face mask, wherein it’s applied to the skin and then left on for 5-10 minutes.  Available in 1 oz ($14.95), 2 oz ($22.95), and 8 oz ($74.95), it comes in Mint, Lemon, and No Fragrance Added, with no dyes, formaldehyde, or propylene glycol.



GlycoShea Facial&Neck Lotion is a helpful fragrance-free exfoliating moisturizer that acts as a face scrub, due to its Glycolic Acid, an AHA or Alpha-hydroxy Acid originally discovered in pineapple. It also helps to even out the appearance of fine lines in the skin, making it an anti-wrinkle cream. 1 oz ($39.95), 2 oz ($59.95), and 8 oz ($179.95).

Big River Silk Skincare’s AmberSoy Soap Gel and GlycoShea Facial&Neck Cream are available for over-the-counter purchase at our headquarters, 8143 Walnut Grove Road, Cordova, TN 38018, Monday-Friday, 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM. They can also be ordered at (shipping: $7.50 for orders under $75.00; $12.50 handling and shipping for Canadian orders under $75.00). 1-901-753-0168.


If you or a family member has complexion issues or acne, or acne scars, consider first getting a checkup with a Board-certified Dermatologist.  I myself am a Memphis Dermatologist, my own Dermatology practice since 1993 being with Rheumatology and Dermatology Associates, 8143 Walnut Grove Road, Cordova, TN, near both Germantown TN and Bartlett TN ( or (1-901-753-0168). Or if you’re looking for a “Dermatologist Near Me” or “Dermatologists Near Me”  in your own neighborhood, try going to the American Academy of Dermatology website, Just plug your zip code into the “Find a Dermatologist” tab.

George Woodbury Jr. M.D. (02/12/2024)

Board-certified Memphis Dermatologist at Rheumatology and Dermatology Associates

8143 Walnut GroveRoad

Memphis TN 38018

President of Big River Silk Skincare Inc.



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