Clear skin is possible with effective acne treatment.
Bringing Acne Relief to Greensboro
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions that we diagnose and treat here at Brassfield Dermatology. In fact, millions of Americans struggle with acne woes—men and women, kids and seniors alike, though it is most common in teens and young adults.
So, what is acne? It’s a skin condition that occurs when dead skin cells or sebum (your skin’s natural oil) frequently clog hair follicles, resulting in inflamed bumps, papules, pustules, whiteheads, or blackheads.
This famously stubborn condition can often be painful, both physically and emotionally, and may leave behind unwanted acne scars. But acne’s stubbornness is what makes our team passionate about helping our patients overcome it with effective, personalized treatment plans tailored to their unique form of acne.
Ready to learn more about acne? Our skincare experts are always here to answer your questions. If you don’t see your question here, don’t hesitate to ask your dermatologist during your initial consultation!
In most cases, acne breakouts are triggered by a combination of different factors. The most common causes of acne include the body overproducing sebum, the presence of C. acnes bacteria on your skin, hormone imbalances, or excess androgenic (male) hormones.
The cause of your acne may be different from others, which is why it’s important to visit a board-certified dermatologist for professional evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment. If you live near Greensboro, NC, contact our clinic to schedule an appointment with Dr. McCarthy!
Experts estimate that up to 50 million people in the United States are affected by acne every year, making it the most common skin condition in the country. Many of those affected are young adults. In fact, approximately 85% of people between the ages of 12 and 25 experience at least minor acne.
If you’re one of the millions struggling with acne, know you aren’t alone! At Brassfield Dermatology, we’re here to find you the right treatment to get you on the path to clear skin.
Yes, there are several different types of acne, each with its own optimal treatment approach.
- Whiteheads: clogged pores that have closed on top, resulting in a small bump or pimple that looks white or flesh-colored at the tip
- Blackheads: clogged pores that have stayed open on top, filling with debris and resulting in a small bump that is black in the middle
- Papules: clogged pores that have caused deep inflammation, resulting in a hard bump that is tender to the touch and that contains no visible pus
- Pustules: similar to papules, pustules are tender blemishes caused by clogged pores and inflammation; however, they are filled with pus
- Nodules: infected lesions beneath the skin caused by clogged, swollen pores that grow deeper into the skin, triggering additional irritation and inflammation
- Cysts: fluid-filled sacs caused by a buildup of dead skin cells, bacteria, and sebum, which grow deep into the skin and result in red or white bumps that are painful to the touch
To determine which type of acne you have, schedule a consultation with a board-certified dermatologist at Brassfield Dermatology!
At Brassfield Dermatology, we have several ways to treat acne and help you achieve clear skin. Your provider will create a personalized acne treatment plan based on your unique condition, medical history, and lifestyle. Your plan may include a combination of:
- Topical treatments
- Isotretinoin (Accutane)
- Personalized Skincare Regimen
- Vbeam Laser Therapy
If you have any questions about treating acne, please don’t hesitate to contact the team at Brassfield Dermatology!
Non-inflammatory types of acne (whiteheads and blackheads) are superficial, so they typically don’t cause scarring. Inflammatory types of acne (papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts) affect the deeper layers of the skin, which is why they can cause scarring, especially when picked at.
When you pick at a blemish, there’s a good chance that you’ll accidentally rupture the pore’s wall. If the damage is minimal, it will likely heal quickly. However, bacteria can infect the wound, further damaging and irritating the skin.
As the skin heals, it creates new collagen. Unfortunately, though, sometimes that new collagen doesn’t lay smoothly, which creates an uneven and scarred appearance.
In many cases, acne scars are permanent—however, not all. With the right acne scar treatment plan, soft, clear skin is possible. At Brassfield Dermatology, our providers use the latest dermatological tools to help restore a smooth complexion, minimizing or eliminating acne scars.
At Brassfield Dermatology, our experienced providers use several advanced methods to minimize the appearance of acne scars, including:
- Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
- Vbeam Laser Treatment
Acne & Acne Scar Photos
View our before and after photos below to see the difference our board-certified dermatologist Dr. McCarthy can make in the lives of acne sufferers.
Get Your Acne and Acne Scar Treatment in Greensboro, NC
At Brassfield Dermatology, our team has experience diagnosing and treating all types of acne, working one-on-one with patients to develop a customized plan. We also provide effective and innovative acne scar treatments, like microneedling with PRP and Vbeam Laser treatments, to deliver a softer, smoother complexion.
Schedule your consultation with our Greensboro office to get started on your journey to acne-free skin today. Call (336) 900-1525 or request an appointment online.