Acne Specialist

Open Water Medical

Family Medicine located in Beaufort, NC, Morehead City, NC, Zebulon, NC & Goldsboro, NC

Acne is a problem that can strike at any age. While it’s often thought of as a teenage trial, many adults struggle with acne or acne scars into middle age and beyond. The experienced medical team at Open Water Medical in Beaufort, Morehead City, and Zebulon, North Carolina, offers the acne solutions you need to enjoy clear skin once again. Book your appointment by phone or through the online scheduler now.

Acne Q & A

What are the different kinds of acne?

There are many types of acne, with the main ones including:

  • Whiteheads - small bumps with a white center and red inflammation around it
  • Blackheads - small dark spots that may be slightly raised
  • Pustules - similar to a whitehead, but larger and more inflamed
  • Papules - solid large bumps that are pink or skin-colored
  • Nodules - very large hard bumps, deep under the skin
  • Cysts - the worst form of acne, very large pus-filled bumps deep below the skin


Most men and women who suffer from acne have whiteheads, blackheads, pustules, or papules. All are mild-to-moderate forms of acne. Nodules and cysts are rare and can be quite painful.

What causes acne?

The cause of acne isn’t always certain, but it’s often connected to oil overproduction, clogged hair follicles, bacteria, or hormone surges. Acne is often a combination of these factors. For example, oil overproduction and natural shedding of dead skin cells often combine to clog your hair follicles and cause acne.

What is the best treatment for acne?

Acne treatment is unique to the individual. It depends on how severe your acne is, what type of acne it is, and whether it’s causing additional issues like acne scars. Your care provider at Open Water Medical will customize a solution for you. Some possible treatments include:

  • Supplements like Cycle Soothe
  • Topical solutions, creams, and gels
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Oral contraceptives for hormonal acne
  • Isotretinoin, a prescription for severe acne-like cysts and nodules

If you have acne scars, your Open Water Medical care provider may recommend acne scar reduction with the CynoSure® Icon™ laser. The Icon laser delivers quick light pulses that break the scar tissue down and then stimulate new skin growth. Generally, acne scar reduction with the Icon laser takes around three to seven total treatment sessions.

Good skin care is also essential when dealing with acne. Your Open Water Medical care provider may recommend some changes in your face cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen to help you maintain clear skin in the future.

Say goodbye to acne by calling Open Water Medical or clicking the online scheduler to book your appointment now.