Acne

Integrated Dermatology of North Raleigh

Dermatology located in Midtown, Raleigh, NC

Acne is often recognized as the most common skin disorder in the United States, but just because it’s common doesn’t mean you should ignore it or try to treat it on your own. With their expertise in modern acne solutions, Angela Macri, DO and the rest of the team at Integrated Dermatology of North Raleigh can help. They offer personalized acne treatment plans and acne scar treatments in Raleigh, North Carolina. Book your acne evaluation online, or call the office directly.

Acne Q & A

What causes acne?

Acne, which affects over 40 million teens and adults in the US, is an umbrella term used to describe issues that develop when your pores are clogged. Normally, any dead skin cells, dirt, or debris that build up in your pores are washed away when you shower or wash your face, or they slough away on their own as they rise to the surface.

When you have acne, your skin produces too much oil, known as sebum. This overproduction of oil causes debris to get stuck in your pores, which ultimately leads to whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, and other forms of acne.

It isn’t well understood why some people are more prone to acne breakouts than others, but dermatologists find that any of these factors can increase your risk of acne:

  • Family history of acne
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Periods of high stress

Even certain foods, especially refined carbohydrate-rich foods (like white bread), can trigger an acne breakout if you have a history of acne.

Do I need treatment for acne?

Yes. Although many over-the-counter acne remedies exist, they aren’t always helpful, especially if they aren’t used correctly. Without proper acne treatment, you can continue struggling with acne breakouts and even develop permanent scars. It’s important to get started on acne treatment at Integrated Dermatology of North Raleigh if:

  • You have painful nodules and cysts.
  • Your acne is leading to scarring.
  • You feel self-conscious about your acne.
  • Over-the-counter acne medications aren’t helping.

The dedicated dermatology team at Integrated Dermatology of North Raleigh evaluates your skin and talks with you about your symptoms. They design an acne treatment plan that’s personalized for your skin and your daily lifestyle.

How is acne treated?

Your acne treatment plan from Integrated Dermatology of North Raleigh is likely going to include several different solutions to treat your current outbreak and prevent future acne flare-ups. Depending on the severity of your acne, your treatment plan can include:

  • Prescription-strength acne topical creams and lotions
  • Oral or topical antibiotic medications
  • Oral or topical retinoid drugs, like Accutane
  • Laser sessions  
  • Chemical peels

If you’re female and struggling with acne due to hormonal fluctuations, your dermatologist at Integrated Dermatology of North Raleigh may prescribe birth control pills. These drugs can stabilize your hormones and help prevent future acne breakouts.   

Schedule your acne exam at Integrated Dermatology of North Raleigh today. Request an appointment online, or call the office directly to speak with a team member.