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Acne Treatment Acne Rosacea Hidradenitis suppurativa (hs) Memphis Dermatologist

by George Woodbury Jr. M.D. (12/11/2023)

2023 is an exciting time to practice as a Memphis Dermatologist because there are many new helpful treatments for Acne Treatment, Acne Rosacea, and Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS). Let’s take a look at options, having practiced as a Board-certified Dermatologist for the last 30 years, because pimple popping should be a thing of the past, with less acne scarring, to see what can help to perk up your holiday smile.  

Acne therapy can involve new antibiotics like minocycline, with prescription topicals (meaning “on top of the skin”) for blackheads (comedones), papules, or cysts: Tretinoin Cream, differin gel (Adapalene), benzoyl peroxide, azelaic acid, or topical dapsone. Sometimes, we consider a five-month course of an oral medicine called isotretinoin treatment (Accutane treatment), which helps dry up the oil glands. Accutane is highly effective but requires strict avoidance of pregnancy while on treatment and monthly bloodwork.

In 2023, Dermatologists now have newer Acne Treatment including a new oral antibiotic with a quicker onset of action – Sarecycline – and a newer retinoid gel – Trifarotene®. There is also a variation of acne – called Pityrosporon folliculitis or fungal acne – which can be treated with prescription antifungal medicines.

Acne Rosacea, also known as Rosacea, is a type of inflammation in the oil glands of the face related to the overgrowth of certain bacteria. Many cases are also genetic, meaning that the condition runs in certain families, and flares can be triggered by exposure to certain chemicals such as spices or alcohol.

Allergy testing, or Allergy Patch Testing, available in my Memphis Dermatology practice at Rheumatology and Dermatology since 2004 (8143 Walnut Grove Road, Cordova TN 38018: 1-901-753-0168), can be a very helpful way of checking for underlying sensitivity to fragrances, preservatives, metals, or components of latex.

My Dermatology practice sponsored a short video on YouTube about Allergy Patch Testing.


Rosacea Treatment often involves courses of oral antibiotics like doxycycline and minocycline with topical antibiotics including Metrocream® and topical vitamin A prescriptions like Retin A® Cream or Gel, and sometimes a topical gel called Mirvaso® or brimonidine gel.

Painful boils or furuncles can develop that can scar if left untreated
Hidradenitis suppurativa or HS involves the sweat glands of the underarms and groin

Hidradenitis suppurativa, also known as HS, is a painful underarms and groin type of infection that can relate to excessive body weight or smoking and which can be managed with certain oral antibiotics, courses of systemic steroids, a sulfone drug called dapsone, or sometimes with injectable biologic agents, such as Humira®, Cosentyx®, or Stelara®.  

After 25 years of practicing dermatology, in 2016, I decided to establish a skincare products company  - Big River Silk Skincare™ Inc. – to help Acne patients and Acne Rosacea patients. We manufacture and distribute organic skincare products for people going onto prescription therapies. I incorporated cleansers and moisturizers that the Woodbury family of Dermatologists has used for many years for Tennessee 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 ($12.95), 2 oz ($18.95), and 8 oz ($59.95), 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 into 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 Lotion 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: $5.00 for orders under $40.00; $10.00 handling and shipping for Canadian orders under $75.00). 1-901-753-0168.

If you or a family member has complexion issues needing Acne Treatment, Acne Rosacea therapy, or management of Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), consider first getting a checkup with a Dermatologist. My own Memphis Dermatology practice since 1993 is with Rheumatology and Dermatology Associates, 8143 Walnut Grove Road, Cordova, TN, near both Germantown, TN and Bartlett, TN ( or (1-901-753-0168). Or you can find a Dermatologist in your own neighborhood by going to the American Academy of Dermatology website, Just plug your zip code into the “Find a Dermatologist” tab.

George Woodbury Jr. M.D. (12/11/2023)

8143 Walnut Grove Road

Cordova TN 38018




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