The South Shore’s Most Progressive  & Established Dermatology Practice



Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. It affects almost everyone at some point in his or her life.

The majority of acne is found in teenagers who typically have at least one acne breakout between the ages of 12 and 17. Teen males tend to be more prone to acne and have more significant breakouts that last longer and are more likely to lead to scarring.

Acne is not exclusive to the teen years. Adults can have acne into their thirties and beyond. While most acne cases are not serious, some cases can be severe and potentially result in permanent scarring. Acne lesions take on many forms and can appear on the face, back, chest neck, shoulders and buttocks. These can be blackheads, whiteheads, papules, cysts, and nodules.

The dermatologists at South Shore Skin Center can treat any presentation of acne, no matter how minor or severe. The appropriate treatment will depend on the type and severity of the acne.

All of our dermatology providers are uniquely qualified to determine the best course of action for the most effective treatment. Consistent use of prescribed treatments and follow-up care are essential for effectively treating acne.

Acne Causes
  • Clogged pores
  • Excessive oil production (sebum)
  • Increased bacterial growth inside the pores
  • Hormonal influences
  • Genetic predisposition
Acne Topical Treatments (applied to the skin externally)
  • Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Retinoids
  • Antibiotic Cream, Lotion or Gel
Acne Systemic Treatments (works from within the body)
  • Antibiotics
  • Hormonal Treatments
  • Isotretinoin
Other Treatments
  • Medical Grade Chemical Peels (provides oil control and clinically significant exfoliation)
  • Acne Facials
  • Photodynamic Therapy, also known as “Blue Light”
Acne Scarring Treatments
  • Surgical Options
  • Laser options
    • Gentle YAG laser
    • eTwo Sublative
    • CO2 Laser Resurfacing (to erase scarring)
    • Erbium Laser (to erase scarring)

To schedule an appointment, please call 508-747-0711 or request one online today.