Get Control of Your Acne

Acne is a skin condition that can affect people of all ages and is associated with pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, and other blemishes on the skin. Acne is especially frustrating when it appears on the face, but it can also develop in other areas of the body. The experienced dermatologists at Central Dermatology Center in Cary, Chapel Hill, Pittsboro, Sanford, and Raleigh, NC, treat acne. Treatments are available for clearing up existing acne and helping prevent it from returning.

Causes of Acne 

A common cause of acne is clogged pores. The body’s sebaceous glands secrete an oil called sebum onto hair follicles. Sebum functions to lubricate and moisturize the skin. It also helps sweep away dead skin cells and debris. Normally, sebum travels along the follicles and out through the pores. However, sebum can get trapped in the hair follicle along with dead skin cells and other debris, leading to clogged pores and the development of acne.

Other factors that can contribute to the development of acne on the skin include:

  • Bacteria
  • Hormones
  • Certain Medications
  • Consuming dairy products
  • Oily hair products and cosmetics
  • Poor hygiene
  • Stress

Acne Treatments 

We utilize several methods for treating acne at our Cary, Chapel Hill, Pittsboro, Sanford, and Raleigh, NC, dermatology centers. The type of treatment used depends on the type of acne, its root cause, and other factors. Our knowledgeable dermatologists will develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

Some acne treatments target existing blemishes to clear them up once and for all. Other treatments help prevent new acne from forming. Examples of common treatments to help patients get control of their acne includes:

  • Facials
  • Extraction
  • Laser therapy
  • Chemical Peels
  • Steroid injections
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Medications (e.g., isotretinoin)
  • Oral contraception (for hormonal acne)

Treatments are also available for getting rid of acne scars. Laser resurfacing, dermabrasion, micro-needling, chemical peels, and dermal fillers can all help diminish the appearance of mixed to moderate acne scars.

It is possible to get control of your acne with the right treatment plan. Schedule a consultation with one of our expert dermatologists to discuss options for treating your acne by calling Central Dermatology Center in Cary, Chapel Hill, Pittsboro, Sanford, and Raleigh, NC, at (919) 401-1994.