Acne

Acne Dermatologist Wake Forest, NC

Acne Services - Wake Forest, NC

Acne is a widespread concern that can impact people of any age. Whether you’re grappling with hormonal shifts or facing adult acne, the team at Wake Forest Dermatology in Wake Forest, North Carolina, is here to assist you. Led by Dr. Patricia Matheis, MD, we specialize in addressing and rejuvenating various skin types. Reach out to Wake Forest Dermatology today via phone or the online booking tool to explore the most effective treatment options for your skin.

Acne Q&A

What are the causes of acne?

Acne, although most commonly associated with teenagers, can affect individuals of all ages. It occurs when hair follicles become blocked, typically by dirt or dead skin cells. These follicles normally produce oil to protect and soften the skin, but when they are clogged, the trapped oil leads to bacterial growth.

Acne tends to develop on the face, forehead, chest, upper back, and shoulders, as these areas have a higher concentration of oil glands. Symptoms may include pimples, which are raised red spots with a white center, or blackheads resembling dirt lodged in pores.

How can acne be prevented?

To prevent acne, it’s important to be mindful of potential triggers or exacerbating factors such as:

  • Hormonal changes: Puberty leads to increased levels of androgens, which enlarge oil glands and stimulate excess sebum production.
  • Certain medications: Drugs containing corticosteroids, testosterone, or lithium can worsen acne by affecting hormone levels or the immune system.
  • Stress: While stress doesn’t directly cause acne, it can exacerbate existing symptoms.
  • Diet: Consuming foods high in fat, sugar, dairy, and carbohydrates (e.g., bread, chips) may worsen acne.

In addition to being aware of medication side effects, maintaining a balanced diet, and managing stress levels, visiting Wake Forest Dermatology allows you to consult with Dr. Matheis on proper cleansing and moisturizing techniques tailored to your skin type.

What acne treatments are available?

Acne manifests in various forms, including whiteheads, blackheads, papules, pustules, fungal acne, nodules, and cysts. At Wake Forest Dermatology, Dr. Matheis carefully evaluates your acne and any potential scarring to determine the most suitable treatment.

Depending on factors such as age, acne type and severity, and personal preferences, treatment options may include topical medications, oral medications, or a combination of both. Dr. Matheis thoroughly discusses each option with you to facilitate an informed decision.

Regular follow-up appointments every three to six months are scheduled to monitor your progress throughout the treatment process.

To discover more about acne treatment options at Wake Forest Dermatology, contact Dr. Matheis or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.