Dr. Marc Darst, MD
Charlotte, North Carolina 28277 [MAP]
Dr. Marc Darst, MD is a board-certified dermatologist providing care to patients in Charlotte, North Carolina at Darst Dermatology.
Dr. Darst was formerly an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine.
Procedures & Services
Tips & Wisdom
Acne is not a condition limited to teenagers. Many adults also experience acne for a variety of reasons. At its core, acne is caused when a hair follicle or pore fills with oil produced by the sebaceous gland. Acne can appear as whiteheads, blackheads, small red lesions, pustules, or cysts. Acne is most noticeable on your face, but it can also occur on your chest, back, legs, arms, or shoulders. Several medications can be used to treat acne. Benzoyl peroxide helps to break down blemishes a...
Rosacea is a skin condition caused by swollen blood vessels located just under the skin’s surface, resulting in red blotches and dilated blood vessels on the central face. It may also result in acne rosacea – blemishes that look similar to acne. Rosacea isn’t harmful, but the reddish blotches and pimples can make people self-conscious. In ocular rosacea, swelling and redness occur in and around the eyes, which can potentially harm your vision. Dr. Darst offers a variety o...
Avoidance is the best prevention against the rash we get from coming in contact with poison ivy or its cousins, poison oak, and poison sumac. We are not born with an allergy to the oil in the poison ivy/oak/sumac leaft. After exposure to the oil, our body develops an allergy. This may take as little as one exposure or many exposures. Because it can take several exposures, you will meet people who brag that they can roll around in it and it does not affect them. (FYI- not the best idea!) So...
There are two types of sunscreen, “chemical” and “physical” blockers. Physical blockers are made of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These are small fragments of minerals that reflect the light, thus are protective against both UVA and UVB radiation. Chemical blockers are composed of several different chemicals that each absorbs various wavelengths of UVA, UVB rays, or a combination of both. These chemicals soak into the skin, thus need to be applied 20-30 minutes prio...
Doxycycline and minocycline are oral antibiotics that may be used to fight infections, but also have anti-inflammatory properties. The reason I use them in the treatment of skin disorders, such as rosacea and acne, is for their anti-inflammatory properties, not to kill bacteria. This is because the underlying problem for these skin conditions is primarily due to inflammation, not infection. Oracea is a relatively new “low dose” preparation of doxycycline. It has enough medicine...
First, you must identify what has caused the inflammation. Dr. Darst may be able to identify the culprit by taking your history and examining the eruption. If the cause is not readily apparent, Dr. Darst may ask you to stop using several topical or oral products for a period of up to one month. If the rash clears, one product at a time will be added back until a product that causes the rash is discovered. That way, you ca...
Education & Training
- Undergradudate Degree: DePauw University. Dr. Marc Darst graduate Summa cum Laude with a major in Computational Mathematics
- Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
- Dermatology Residency: Wright State University. Dr. Darst served as Chief Resident at Boonshoft School of Medicine
- Dermatopathology Fellowship: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
General Dermatology - Dr. Darst provides both experience and cutting-edge solutions for chronic and progressive skin disorders such as acne, rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis. He can also identify and treat pre-cancerous and cancerous growths on your skin.
Medical Dermatology - Darst Dermatology helps you put your best face forward with personalized cosmetic dermatology treatments. We offer the latest advancements in Laser Treatments, Injectables, Chemical Peels and Vein therapy.