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Center for Dermatology

Proudly serving Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Duluth, Buford, Dacula, Sugar Hill, Auburn, Snellville, Loganville, Grayson, Winder, and surrounding area.

Acne is a very common skin condition that can occur at any age. By some estimates, 25% of adults have acne. At the Center for Dermatology in Lawrenceville, Georgia, board-certified dermatologist Abdul Hafeez, MD, has helped countless patients get clearer skin. To learn more, call the office to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online today.

Acne Q &A

What causes acne?

Whether you’re getting acne as a teenager or as an adult and regardless of how it appears, the cause is the same. Acne occurs when hair follicles get blocked, resulting in clogged pores. Bacteria living on the skin can get inside these pores which creates inflammation resulting in red and swollen pimples.  

Acne can be triggered by an excess of oil and dead skin cells resulting from changes in your hormone levels, products used on the skin, as well as many other factors.

What are the different types of acne?

At the Center for Dermatology, our skilled team treats all varieties of acne, including whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, papules, and cystic acne. 

No matter what type of acne you have, the earlier you start treatment, the more effective it will be. Effective control of acne also reduces the chance of getting future acne scars.

How is acne treated?

Topical medications: These include creams, gels, and solutions. Some products work by preventing the clogging of the pores, some reduce bacteria on the skin, and others work by removing oils or exfoliating skin.

Oral medications: These include antibiotics that kill bacteria that cause acne, and reduce inflammation. Hormonal medications may also be used in female patients. For severe acne, other treatments may be available.


Chemical Peels - help control acne by exfoliating top layers of skin.

Acne Extraction - removes blackheads by using a special instrument.

Injections - Some cysts may be injected with a medicine for quicker resolution.

Light therapies - Blue light and laser treatment may be used to help clear acne.

We customize your treatment plan based on the type of acne affecting your skin, its severity, your skin’s sensitivity, and your lifestyle. Effective acne treatment also minimizes scarring.

How are acne scars treated?

Severe to moderate forms of acne can have a damaging effect on your skin, leaving a dimpled and pock-marked landscape in its wake.  The best way to prevent acne scars is to achieve good control of acne and to not pick at pimples. 

Treatments like microdermabrasion, microneedling, and chemical peels are available to improve the appearance of your acne scars. Laser treatment such as fractional resurfacing may also help improve the appearance of acne scars. 

To learn more about the acne treatment options waiting for you at the Center for Dermatology, call our office at 770-682-2500 or request your appointment online today.