Posts for: March, 2020

By Shady Grove Dermatology
March 09, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

Are you struggling with recurring acne breakouts? Here at Shady Grove Dermatology in Rockville, MD, our team of five board-certified dermatologists treat adult acne, helping patients look and feel like themselves again. Read on to learn how we can help you manage your skin health, comfort, and appearance.

What exactly is acne?

Acne is a dermatological condition affecting 40 to 50 million Americans every year, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). While the majority of sufferers are adolescents, many acne patients are adults, as well.

Characterized by red papules and pustules, as well as whiteheads and blackheads, on the face, neck, shoulders and chest. acne begins in the sebaceous, or oil, glands and their associated hair follicles. Excess sebum gets trapped below the skin surface, causing the familiar acne pimples.

Unfortunately, acne is stubborn, unsightly, and can cause emotional distress. Fortunately, an expert skin exam at our Rockville office can lead to a customized skin care program that can get your acne under control.

Treating adult acne

Treatment involves normalizing skin appearance and limiting the number and severity of breakouts. Common interventions include:

  • Benzoyl peroxide creams and ointments which reduce sebum production
  • Vitamin A, or Tretinoin, which opens blocked hair follicles
  • Hormone therapy (birth control pills)
  • In-office extraction of large lesions
  • Antibiotics if lesions are cystic and infected

Additionally, your skin doctor may recommend many at-home strategies to reduce the number of breakouts you experience. These interventions may include:

  • Gently washing your face with your fingertips only twice a day and after working out
  • Keeping your hair clean
  • Never picking or squeezing acne pimples
  • Reducing your intake of fatty/greasy foods
  • Avoiding tanning (both sun exposure and tanning beds)
  • Keeping your hands off your face, particularly when you have active lesions
  • Reduce the amount of hair care products you use (they often contain a lot of oil)

Look and feel better

Phone Shady Grove Dermatology in Rockville, MD, today for a friendly consultation and plan of action for your adult acne issues: (240) 246-7417

By Shady Grove Dermatology
March 05, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Rashes  

It's red, itchy and just won't go away. You're worried about your skin rash and what it may be. At Shady Grove Dermatology in Rockville, MD skin rashes are our business. Our team of five board-certified dermatologists diagnose and treat all kinds of rashes, helping you feel better and be healthier overall.

What is a skin rash?

It's an area on your skin which is itchy, red, swollen, painful, discolored or exhibiting other odd symptoms. It may develop suddenly or be delayed in presenting itself. Rashes start after ingesting something, touching an irritant or being bitten or stung by an insect, spider or snake. People with allergies often develop skin rashes, and infections, both localized and systemic, may cause a rash.

What kinds of skin rashes are there?

There are numerous. Familiar to most people are acne, atopic dermatitis, or eczema, ringworm ( a fungal infection) and shingles, a viral infection caused by Varicella zoster, the chicken pox virus. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says that most rashes, though uncomfortable and unsightly, are not dangerous.

Other skin rashes, however, do signal a potentially serious problem. That's why your dermatologists at Shady Grove Dermatology in Rockville, MD, want you to see a doctor immediately if:

  • Your rash is widespread
  • You have a fever along with your rash
  • Your symptoms spread quickly (this could be an anaphylactic reaction to an allergen)
  • You have blisters or sores, particularly if they are very painful
  • The rash looks green or crusty or develops red streaks (these symptoms signal infection)

Treating skin rashes

Your Rockville dermatologists will inspect your rash closely and ask you about pain, itchiness and when your rash developed. Your treatment plan will aim at symptom relief and curing any underlying bacterial or viral infection.

Common medications for skin rashes include antibiotic ointments, steroidal creams and antihistamines. For heat-related rashes, your doctor may recommend avoiding hot environments, staying well hydrated and wearing loose, well-ventilated clothing.

Find out more about skin rashes

Your skin is your largest bodily organ. If it's affected by an itchy, painful rash, you need relief fast. For help in keeping your skin at its healthiest, contact the professional team at Shady Grove Dermatology in Rockville, MD, for a one-on-one consultation. Phone us for an appointment: (240) 246-7417.

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