Acne & Acne Scars

If you suffer from stubborn acne that doesn’t respond to over-the-counter products, it makes sense to see a dermatologist. Central Dermatology Center offers adolescents and adults advanced acne treatment in Chapel Hill and Sanford, NC, along with other convenient locations throughout the Raleigh-Durham area. Our comprehensive treatment plans often combine topical prescription medications with chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and light therapy.

You don’t have to live with acne. Request an appointment online to discover how we can help. Or phone us at (919) 401-1994 to schedule an appointment in Chapel Hill, Sanford, or Central Dermatology Center’s Cary office.

Acne Treatments

  • Topical retinoids – Part of our primary acne treatment plan, topical retinoids, which are treatments derived from vitamin A, are often combined with other medications to treat mild, moderate, and even severe acne.
  • Hormonal treatments – Acne that is resistant to other treatments often responds to hormonal therapy. In women, acne often is linked to hormonal changes during menstruation. Hormone treatment can be effective as part of a long-term maintenance program for preventing acne outbreaks.
  • Oral and topical antibiotics – We prescribe antibiotics to treat moderate to severe acne that is not responding well to other treatments.
  • Benzoyl peroxide – Creams and washes are often the first line of treatment for all forms of acne. Many over-the-counter formulations are available. Benzoyl peroxide is often very effective in managing acne when combined with prescription topical antibiotics or retinoids.
  • Microdermabrasion – Microdermabrasion is a process during which a targeted stream of fine crystals is used to gently but thoroughly exfoliate the skin. It is less aggressive than dermabrasion, but is still effective in mild acne cases, or cases in which scarring is minimal.
  • Chemical peels – A series of light chemical peels is an effective treatment option for mild to moderately severe acne. A chemical peel can be applied to the face or other parts of the body where acne outbreaks occur.
  • Lasers – We use intense pulsed light (IPL) to treat acne. We also use Fraxel® lasers for both mild resurfacing and deeper scarring.
  • Photodynamic light – Light acne treatment involves using a photosensitizing solution that penetrates deep into the skin, then focusing a blue-violet light on the treatment areas. The concentrated light reduces oil production and diminishes the bacteria that contribute to acne.