Acne Treatments

What Is Acne?

Acne is an inflammatory condition of the skin causing bumps (pimples, cysts, blackheads) usually on the face, neck, chest, back, and shoulders.   Acne is very affected by hormones, so the severity of your acne may change based on your hormones.  In other words, your acne doesn’t stay the same over the course of time and treatments may need to be changed as your acne changes.

Are there factors that worsen acne?

Though stress does not cause acne, stress is a pro-inflammatory condition and may worsen pre-existing acne. Diet studies are not straightforward but there does seem to be evidence that excess dairy products (especially those from skim milk products) may increase acne. This includes whey protein, which is a skim milk derived protein. High glycemic foods and beverages (sugary beverages, candies, desserts, breads, pastas, rice) may also increase acne. Oily or heavy pore clogging make up, greasy hair products, and occlusive sports gear (helmets, goggles, shoulder pads) can promote acne as well. Smokers also have a greater risk of acne.

How is acne treated?

Your acne will first be evaluated. There are conditions that look like acne but may not be acne. Stubborn acne may also be a sign of something else going on inside your body.

Mild acne may be treated with lifestyle changes and a combination of topical medications. The topicals that will be recommended will be personalized to the types of acne that you are producing and your skin type. More severe acne may need oral medications. These may include hormonal medications, isotretinoin, or oral antibiotics. There is also now an FDA approved laser device to treat acne, but it is not covered by insurance. Your dermatologist and you will come up with a plan together that works for you.

What can I do for acne scarring?

For discoloration, your dermatologist may just recommend time but fading creams and lasers will also be discussed. For pitted scarring, lasers and microneedling will be discussed.

Where can I get treatment for Acne in Ashburn?

If you are troubled by persistent acne, schedule your appointment with one of our highly trained and experienced dermatologists at Clear Dermatology. We provide personalized treatment plans for adults and children with acne. To schedule an appointment, contact our office at 703-996-4000 or schedule online today. Clear skin is possible!