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Back to Basics Medical Practice PLLC

Board Certified Family Medicine Physician & Aesthetic & Wellness Clinic located in Sanford, NC

Acne can take a toll on your self-image and lead to long-lasting scars, if left untreated. At Back to Basics Medical Practice PLLC in Sanford, North Carolina, board-certified family medicine physician and neuropathic doctor Robert Patterson, MD, ND, and his expert team offer advanced acne treatments, such as Cynosure Icon™ laser technology, to get rid of acne and give you the smooth skin you long to have. Schedule an appointment with Back to Basics Medical Practice PLLC over the phone or online today.

Acne Q & A

What is acne?

Acne includes pimples, other red or sore bumps, and acne scarring that might appear on your face, chest, neck, shoulders, or upper back. It can occur when hair follicles get clogged with dead skin cells and oil. Acne treatment at Back to Basics Medical Practice PLLC offers you the clear skin you desire without invasive procedures or downtime.

What are the symptoms of acne?

If you experience acne, you might notice one or more of the following:

  • Blackheads
  • Whiteheads
  • Pimples
  • Tender or painful bumps
  • Pus-filled bumps

Acne scarring might develop when acne-related blemishes heal, causing uneven or discolored surfaces on your skin. Acne can range in severity from mild to severe.

What are the risk factors for acne?

Anybody can develop acne, but the following factors increase your risk of developing it:

  • Hormone changes during puberty
  • Hormone fluctuations during pregnancy
  • Taking certain medications
  • Family history of acne
  • Dietary habits
  • Oily lotions or creams
  • Stress

Eating certain foods might make acne symptoms worse. Examples include milk products, bread, chips, and chocolate. Keeping your skin clean can lower your risk of developing acne.

How is acne diagnosed?

To diagnose acne and establish a personalized treatment plan, Dr. Patterson and his team review your medical history and examine your skin. They discuss your desired outcome and treatment options to find one with which you’re comfortable.

What is the treatment for acne?

Numerous acne treatments are available. Dr. Patterson and his team offer the following:

Topical treatments

Topical acne creams, gels, and lotions help reduce or eliminate acne and scarring.

Oral medications

Certain oral medications, such as combined oral contraceptives for women, help stabilize hormone levels and reduce acne.

BioTE® hormone therapy

BioTE bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can also normalize unbalanced hormones to reduce or prevent acne breakouts.

Icon™ laser treatment

Cynosure Icon technology uses laser energy to diminish acne and scarring without invasive procedures or downtime.

Chemical peels

Chemical peels consist of chemical solutions that Dr. Patterson applies to the skin to reduce acne and future breakouts.

The Back to Basics Medical Practice PLLC team might recommend more than one acne treatment to offer you the best possible outcome.

Don’t live with acne and acne scars when simple treatments are within reach. Schedule an appointment with Back to Basics Medical Practice PLLC over the phone or online today.