Atlantic Dermatology, PA

Board-Certified Dermatologists located in Wilmington, Clinton, Burgaw, Whiteville, and Shallotte North Carolina

Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. Seek treatment to get clearer skin and fewer outbreaks from the experienced dermatologists at Atlantic Dermatology in Wilmington, Clinton, Shallotte, Burgaw and Whiteville, North Carolina. The expert team of providers can offer the best in acne care for various types of acne, including your particular condition. Call the office or book online to have your acne evaluated and treated.

Acne Q & A

What are the symptoms of acne?

Acne can range from mild pimples to severe cysts. Any form of blemish can indicate acne, including:

  • Papules
  • Pustules
  • Cysts
  • Nodules
  • Blackheads and whiteheads

You may have these blemishes appear on your chest, face, back, neck, shoulders, buttocks, or arms. The team at Atlantic Dermatology can treat acne, regardless of its severity or location.

What are the side effects of acne?

Acne can lead to low self-esteem and depression, and you may end up with scars and dark spots on the skin. Some of the scarrings can be permanent, primarily if you don’t seek dermatologic treatment during flare-ups. Treating acne before you get cysts or nodules means you can prevent scars.

What causes acne?

Acne is incredibly common, and not just among adolescents. Adult women can get acne in middle age and infants can also form pimples.

Acne occurs due to pores that clog with oil and dead skin cells. When your body overproduces skin oil or sebum, the dead skin cells accumulate within the pores, rather than rising to the surface and exfoliating, and acne develops. When the infection penetrates deep into your skin, it can cause nodules and cysts.

Should I let acne run its course?

Letting your acne grow without treatment can cause serious side effects, including dark spots and permanent scarring. Seek treatment to boost your self-esteem and have brighter, smoother skin. Many effective treatments are available, including laser care and medications that clear up acne more effectively than treatments did in the past.

How is acne treated?

When over-the-counter treatments and primary at-home skin care doesn’t resolve your acne, the Atlantic Dermatology team can help. They may prescribe medications, such as antibiotics and birth control pills. Topical medications, laser and light therapy, and chemical peels are other medically-recommended therapies for acne treatment. The providers at Atlantic Dermatology evaluate your particular case and medical history to determine which options are best for you. Treatment may continue even after your skin starts to clear to prevent future outbreaks.

Learn more about practical ways to treat acne by calling or booking an appointment online with Atlantic Dermatology.