Acne Treatment

Targeting Acne at the Source: Comprehensive Solutions for Clear Skin
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Acne Treatment

Acne Treatment

Acne can be challenging, but effective solutions are available at Charlotte Skin & Laser. Our comprehensive acne treatments go beyond prescription medications to provide lasting results. Our topical skin care products and chemical peels reduce clogged pores and exfoliate the skin’s surface, revealing a clearer complexion. Our advanced laser and light treatments target overactive oil glands, the root cause of acne, to help you achieve smoother, healthier skin. Experience the confidence that comes with a clear, radiant complexion.

What is Acne?

What is Acne?

Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. It causes whiteheads, blackheads, or pimples. Acne is most common among teenagers, though it affects people of all ages.

Effective acne treatments are available, but acne can be persistent. The pimples and bumps heal slowly, and when one begins to disappear, others seem to crop up.

Depending on its severity, acne can cause emotional distress and scar the skin. The earlier you start treatment, the lower your risk of such problems.

CS&L Advanced Acne Treatments

At Charlotte Skin and Laser, we offer a variety of advanced acne treatments designed to effectively target acne-causing bacteria and promote clear, healthy skin. Our pain-free therapies not only reduce acne but also enhance overall skin health by combining light treatments with peels and extractions. Experience a personalized approach to acne care that delivers optimal results and a radiant complexion.

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IPL Photofacial

An IPL Photofacial is a non-invasive treatment using Intense Pulsed Light to improve sun damage, rosacea, and brown spots, enhancing skin texture with no downtime.



Laser Acne Treatments

Laser acne treatments at Charlotte Skin & Laser effectively target overactive oil glands, the root cause of acne, through advanced therapies.




Experience the latest in cosmetic innovation with AGNES RF, a cutting-edge device combining radio-frequency energy and microneedling for precise, effective acne treatments.


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Chemical Peel

Chemical peels for acne exfoliate the skin, reduce clogged pores, and improve skin texture, leading to clearer and smoother skin.




Spa extractions for the face involve professionally removing impurities and unclogging pores to promote clearer, healthier skin.




HydraFacial for acne deeply cleanses, exfoliates, and hydrates the skin, effectively reducing acne and improving overall skin health.


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What To Expect

Do you continue to break out despite having tried several acne treatments? Are you convinced that nothing’s going to work, but given time, the acne will clear on its own? You don’t have to wait. With the right treatment and skin care, virtually everyone can see clearer skin.

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During your appointment, a dermatologist will also note what types of acne you have and where the breakouts appear on your skin. This helps your dermatologist create an effective treatment plan

Sometimes what looks like acne isn’t acne. While rare, what looks like acne can be another condition.

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The acne treatment plan that’s right for you depends on many considerations, including

  • What type of acne you have
  • What age you are
  • Where the acne appears on your skin
  • What treatments you’ve already tried
  • When the breakouts started
  • Whether the acne has left you with dark spots or scars
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Sometimes acne needs extra help To help you get the best possible results from treatment, your dermatologist may also recommend adding one of the following to your treatment plan.

Laser or light therapy: Studies show that laser and light devices can help to clear acne. This type of treatment works best when combined with other acne treatment. Learn more: Lasers and lights: How well do they treat acne?

A corticosteroid injection: If you have a large, extremely painful and deep acne breakout, a dermatologist can inject it with a corticosteroid. This can rapidly relieve the pain and the size of the breakout. While effective, this treatment is reserved for treating a few severe acne breakouts. Using it more than a few times can cause side effects.

A healthy diet: Some studies suggest that what you eat can also help to give you clearer skin. If you think that what you’re eating could be causing breakouts, be sure to find out what the research shows. Learn more: Can the right diet get rid of acne?

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Acne friendly skin care helps you get the best results Skin care is so important that without it you may not get the results you want. Even if you follow apply your acne treatment perfectly, new breakouts can appear if you’re too rough on your skin. You need gentle skin care to clear acne. If you’re scrubbing your face clean or washing it several times a day, you’re irritating your skin. Any time you irritate acne-prone skin, it can lead to breakouts.

What causes acne?

Four main factors cause acne:

Excess Oil
Hair Follicles

Acne is an inflammatory disorder of the skin, which has sebaceous (oil) glands that connect to the hair follicle, which contains fine hair. In healthy skin, the sebaceous glands make sebum that empties onto the skin surface through the pore, which is an opening in the follicle. Keratinocytes are a type of skin cell that line the follicle.

Normally, as the body sheds skin cells, the keratinocytes rise to the skin’s surface. When someone has acne, the hair, sebum, and keratinocytes stick together inside the pore. This prevents the keratinocytes from shedding and keeps the sebum from reaching the skin’s surface. The mixture of oil and cells allows bacteria that normally live on the skin to grow in the plugged follicles and cause inflammation-swelling, redness, heat, and pain. When the wall of the plugged follicle breaks down, it spills the bacteria, skin cells, and sebum into nearby skin, creating lesions or pimples.

What factors may increase your risk of developing acne?

  • Hormones. An increase in androgens, which are male sex hormones, may lead to acne. These
    increase in both boys and girls normally during puberty and cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge and make
    more sebum. Hormonal changes related to pregnancy can also cause acne.
  • Family history. Researchers believe that you may be more likely to get acne if your parents
    had acne.
  • Medications. Certain medications, such as medications that contain hormones,
    corticosteroids, and lithium, can cause acne.
  • Age. People of all ages can get acne, but it is more common in teens.

Types of Acne

Whiteheads AcneDerm Page

A whitehead forms when excess oil and dead skin cells build up and plug the opening of a pore. This causes a blemish that is raised and white or flesh colored.

Medical name: Closed comedo, which means “closed pore.”

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This type of acne also develops when excess oil and dead skin cells build up inside a pore. As the buildup accumulates, it widens the opening of the pore and you see a blackhead.

Medical name: Open comedo, which means “open pore.”

Pimples AcneDerm Page

Sometimes excess oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria get trapped inside a pore. The bacteria, which are normally found on our skin, can multiple quickly in the excess oil. As the pore fills with bacteria, inflammation (swelling) develops and a pimple appears.

Medical name: If the pimple contains pus, it’s called a pustule. A pimple without pus is called a papule.

Cysts AcneDerm Page

Acne Nodule or Cyst
When a pore fills with enough excess oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria to cause inflammation (swelling) that goes deep into the skin, an acne nodule or cyst develops. Because these breakouts go deep into the skin, they can feel tender or painful.

The main difference between an acne nodule and an acne cyst is that a cyst contains pus. Because nodules don’t contain pus, they feel harder than cysts.