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North County Dermatology Clinic

Dermatologists located in Lakeland, FL

No matter how old you are, acne can affect your self-esteem. Luckily, there are plenty of modern treatments that can clear up your skin and give you the confidence you deserve. Timothy E. Knight, MD and our board certified Physician Assistants provide competent, compassionate care for acne sufferers using a wide range of methods to help you achieve perfect skin. To learn more, visit North County Dermatology Clinic in Lakeland, Florida. Call to get started today with a personalized consultation.

Acne Q & A

What causes acne?

There are several factors that can lead to acne development. The condition is mainly caused by excess oil production or clogged pores. When bacteria or excess oil gets trapped in these pores, the skin becomes inflamed and a pimple develops. Hormones may also play a large role in the development of acne, as too many or too little androgens can alter sebum production and lead to skin problems.

There are many different types of acne, including whiteheads, blackheads, and cystic acne. All types of acne can be triggered or worsened by diet, medications, lifestyle habits, and stress levels.

Should I see a dermatologist for acne?

It’s normal to experience breakouts from time to time, especially if you have risk factors for acne. However, chronic acne could indicate a hormonal imbalance, a food intolerance, or some other issue. Working with a qualified dermatologist like Dr. Knight can help you not only manage your current acne breakouts, but can help you prevent future eruptions and the scarring that often accompanies chronic acne.

If you’ve tried home remedies or multiple skincare products without success, a dermatologist can prescribe stronger medications or products to help clear your skin.

How is acne treated?

At North County Dermatology Clinic, there are a variety of treatments available for acne that are made available after a personalized skin assessment and health history consultation. Based on the type and severity of your acne and your skin sensitivity, Dr. Knight and our board certified Physician Assistants develop a treatment plan that may include:


Isotretinoin, also known as Accutane, is a prescription medication used to treat severe acne, often of the cystic variety. Your doctor usually prescribes this when you’ve tried all other methods without success. Accutane works by decreasing the production of sebum, or oil.

Cuticare sulfur soap

Cuticare 10% sulfur soap is dermatologist formulated and recommended for acne and oily skin conditions, such as seborrhea, rosacea, and skin fungus. Used alone or in combination with other products, it makes your skin soft, smooth, and blemish free. It’s effective for those who are allergic or intolerant to benzoyl peroxide preparations. It’s also beneficial for mature skin, with scaling and flaking around the nose, eyebrows, and hairline (seborrheic dermatitis).

Extraction facials

The practice also offers a variety of facials, including extraction facials for those with blackheads or whiteheads. This type of facial literally “extracts” the bacteria and fluid from pimples to leave you with clean, glowing skin.

To have a personalized acne skin assessment, contact North County Dermatology Clinic by calling today.