Acne Treatment Options – Charlotte Dermatologist

Dr Marc Darst Charlotte Dermatologist

By Marc A. Darst, MD

Charlotte, North Carolina 28277

Physician (MD, DO), Dermatology


Acne is not a condition limited to teenagers. Many adults also experience acne for a variety of reasons.

At its core, acne is caused when a hair follicle or pore fills with oil produced by the sebaceous gland. Acne can appear as whiteheads, blackheads, small red lesions, pustules, or cysts. Acne is most noticeable on your face, but it can also occur on your chest, back, legs, arms, or shoulders.

Several medications can be used to treat acne. Benzoyl peroxide helps to break down blemishes and kill the bacteria that cause acne. Topical retinoids such as Retin-A, Differin, and tretinoin are also used to eliminate pimples. Topical anti-inflammatory agents such as clindamycin may be appropriate for some patients.

Patients with “deeper” acne may require oral antibiotics such as doxycycline and minocycline to diminish the redness and irritation, heal the acne area and prevent more from occurring. In patients with the most severe forms of acne, isotretinoin may be required.

Some patients may respond to Blu-U/Photodynamic Therapy, a non-invasive, non-toxic method of treating acne. Your dermatologist can help you decide which approach is best for your acne treatment.