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From baby acne to adult acne, Southern Dermatology helps you find what’s right for your skin!

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We help acne sufferers of all ages and acne of every type. We’ve helped many people in the Triangle get clearer skin, don’t suffer another minute. 

Acne results from a clogging of the oil glands under the skin. No one knows why this clogging action happens for some people and not for others—although there is clearly a genetic factor involved. Hormonal changes play a significant role, and inflammation is a factor. The condition eases or typically ceases for men by their early twenties, but a good many women— perhaps one out of ten—continue to have acne well into middle age. Every patient is different and so are the underlying reasons for their acne, this means treatments are tailored to suite an individual’s skin rather than being “one-size-fits-all”. 

Treatments may include:

  • Surface treatments such as benzyl peroxide, salicylic acid and retinoids
  • Antibiotics to kill the inflammation causing bacteria
  • Anti-male hormone medications for young women
  • Oral contraceptives when appropriate
  • Light therapy 
  • And more

Compliance within a treatment plan is a critical ingredient for success. We encourage our acne patients to develop a compliance routine, and we try to make it as simple as we can. 


FAQs About Acne:

  • CAN WHAT I EAT CAUSE ACNE? Generally, no. The primary cause of acne is the fluctuation of hormones that stimulates to production of pore-clogging sebum. Bacteria then grows in the pores, causing them to become inflamed and break out.

    There is some evidence, though, that certain diets may have an effect on acne. High consumption of dairy products increases the risks of getting acne due to the hormones in milk, cheese and yogurt. However, subsequent studies have not supported this theory.  

    Still, other studies have shown that diets with a high glycemic index (think white breads, waffles and other carbs) worsens acne. 

  • SHOULD I STOP WEARING MAKEUP IF I HAVE ACNE?
    You don’t have to stop wearing makeup altogether but you may benefit from switching brands. Look for products labeled “noncomedogenic”, meaning they don’t clog pores. If you’re noticing breakouts along your hairline or temples, hair products may be exacerbating your acne. 

  • DOES ACNE MEAN MY FACE ISN’T CLEAN ENOUGH?
    Possibly not. Scrubbing your face too hard can actually exacerbate acne and some products, like alcohol-based astringents, can dry out your skin. While gentle face cleansers and water can sometimes help with mild acne, more significant acne requires more than just good hygiene. 

  • WHY DO I STILL HAVE ACNE AS AN ADULT?
    Although most of the extreme hormonal fluctuations that cause acne occur during the teenage years, they can also affect adults. Women may experience hormonal swings during their menstrual cycles, pregnancy and menopause that result in breakouts. 

    Acne is also a side effect of certain medications such as steroids. 

    Others simply have a genetic predisposition to acne. A study has found that 50% of adults with acne had a parent, sibling or child with acne. 

  • WHAT SHOULD I AVOID WHEN I ALREADY HAVE ACNE?
    There are a few ways to prevent your acne from getting worse. 

    Popping pimple may make acne worse by pushing the infection deeper under the skin. This can lead to more blockage, swelling and redness. There is also an increased risk for permanent scarring. It’s even better to avoid any touching of the face except when gently washing the skin.

    Avoid too much sun exposure. The sun stimulates the production of sebum. 

    *Your results may vary