Acne Specialist

Carolina Skin Care

Dermatologists & Cosmetic Specialists located in Pinehurst, NC & Fayetteville, NC

Acne is a common issue for teenagers, but it can also plague adults well into their 20s, 30s, 40s, and even beyond. Carolina Skin Care offers patients in the Pinehurst and Fayetteville, North Carolina area effective acne solutions that include peels and acne scar treatment with the state of the art Icon laser system.

Acne Q&A

How common is acne?

Acne is the most common skin problem seen by doctors today. Around 80% of adolescents and 5% of all adults suffer from acne today. While it can be an embarrassing condition, there are effective treatment options available.

Why does acne happen?

Acne happens when the bacteria within the sebaceous glands gets infected. The sebaceous glands normally maintain moisture balance in the skin and hair, but in some people, these glands produce too much sebum. An overly large amount of sebum quickly clogs the glands, trapping the bacteria inside and leading to acne.

How’s acne treated?

Acne treatment is customized for the patient. Different types of acne may require different approaches, and many patients benefit from a combination approach to treatment. Peels, like The Perfect Peel, work from the inside out to repair damaged skin and control acne breakouts. This peel is painless and can be used in patients with any skin type. Many people who suffer from acne experience acne scars, especially if the acne is severe or is a long term problem. Acne scars can be reduced with The Perfect Peel, and they can also be addressed with Icon laser treatment. The Icon laser stimulates the deeper layers of the dermis to produce new collagen, which can then lift the acne scars up to match the level of the surrounding skin. There are a variety of medications that can be used to treat acne as well. Oral medications include antibiotics, although this is typically a short-term treatment. Medications like Accutane are specifically formulated to eliminate severe acne, but such medications aren’t without risks and potential side effects. Topical medications may also be helpful in controlling acne breakouts. The team at Carolina Skin Care will work with each person to develop an acne treatment plan that yields good results.

How can patients prevent acne?

While the in-office treatments offered by Carolina Skin Care can be extremely effective in treating acne, patients also need to commit to taking good care of their skin at home. The team can recommend cleansing, moisturizing, and sun protection products that can help keep acne away for the long term.