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Customized Acne Treatment Solutions

Both adults and teenagers can experience acne. While it’s more common during the teen years, adults may have to deal with both the skin condition and acne scars that formed when they were younger.

The team at Open Water Medical knows that acne can hurt your self-esteem, and it’s often hard to treat and control since everyone has different skin.

Fortunately, we can build a customized acne treatment solution that helps find out what’s causing your acne, helping you improve your current routine, and recommend the best way to treat and control your acne.

First, find the cause of your acne

The exact underlying cause of acne is uncertain, but breakouts usually stem from a combination of factors, like oil overproduction, bacteria, clogged hair follicles, or hormone changes. Outside influences, like your diet and genetics, can also play a role.

Knowing the cause of your acne is often the first step to treating it, as different kinds of acne occur from different things. The main types of acne include:

Acne can be mild or severe, with more severe forms affecting several areas of the body. For example, men with high testosterone levels can develop acne conglobata. It’s a severe form of acne that can appear on the neck, chest, arms, and even the buttocks.

Once our team knows what’s causing your acne, we can treat it more effectively.

Review your current skincare routine

A good skincare routine can help improve and even prevent acne. If you’re using a face cleanser that isn’t right for your skin, acne’s much more likely to strike. And dry skin can make acne flare-ups worse.

When we create your customized acne treatment, it’s important to tell us what moisturizers, sunscreen, and facial cleanser you use. These products could be part of the reason you have acne, and we can recommend products that match your skin type.

Treating and controlling your acne

The last step in creating your customized acne treatment is to determine the best treatment option. Depending on the type and severity of your acne, our team at Open Water Medical may recommend one or more of the following treatments:


Oral antibiotics can help kill bacteria that cause acne and reduce redness and inflammation. This solution helps moderate to severe forms of acne, and come in the form of oral tablets and topical creams.

Topical solutions

Creams, lotions, and gels help acne in a number of ways. Some can treat inflammation and reduce scarring while others contain antibacterial properties and prevent hair follicles from clogging.

Oral medications for hormonal acne

Hormone fluctuations can result in acne, so our team may recommend combined oral contraceptives for women. These medications contain both estrogen and progestin and can help improve hormonal acne. 

Anti-androgen medications are another option for women and for adolescent girls who find no improvement with other treatments.

As your acne starts to improve, we can make changes to medications and offer advice on ways to control and prevent acne flare-ups.

Ready to start your customized acne treatment and fight back against acne? Schedule your appointment at Open Water Medical by phone or request your appointment online. Our offices are located in Beaufort, Morehead City, and Zabulon, North Carolina.

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