Posts for tag: Acne

By Shady Grove Dermatology
November 20, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

Although acne commonly affects adolescents, pimples can affect anyone at any age. They can be particularly embarrassing when they pop up during adulthood. The team of dermatologists at Shady Grove Dermatology in Rockville, MD, can help you with your adult acne. Here are some tips for avoiding acne.

Reducing Your Risk of Acne

Rockville residents can keep their skin clear of pimples in the following ways:

  • Cleanse your face: Washing your face twice daily with a benzoyl peroxide cleanser will kill acne-causing bacteria.
  • Eat a healthy diet: Many medical experts agree that reducing your consumption of carbohydrates and sugars can help reduce acne. Keeping a food diary will help you figure out if certain foods trigger an outbreak.
  • Wash your face after a workout: Sweaty skin can contain bacteria. Showering and washing your face as soon as you can after a workout will reduce this.
  • Check your moisturizer: You should use a moisturizer specifically designed for your face on your facial skin rather than using body lotion. Choose moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid or glycerine, which help your skin to retain moisture. Talk to your Rockville acne expert to find products that work for you.
  • Check your makeup: If you’re prone to acne, you should use oil-free, water-based makeup.
  • Don’t touch your face: Every time you do, you are transferring oil, dirt, and bacteria from your hands to your face, which can increase your risk of a breakout.
  • Watch out when you shave: If you’re prone to acne and you shave your face, it’s best to use an electric razor. Shave in the natural direction of your hair growth.
  • Don’t pop pimples: Tempting as it may be, it will only make the situation worse, and it can leave you with ugly scars.

If you live in Rockville, MD, and you suffer from adult acne, call Shady Grove Dermatology at 240-246-7417 to schedule a consultation.

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
October 22, 2018
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: adult acne   Acne  

Acne is just for teens, right? Wrong! This unsightly, upsetting and stubborn skin condition affects adults, too. If you suffer from the blackheads, whiteheads, papules and pustules common to adult acne, please consult your friends at Shady Grove Dermatology in Adult AcneRockville, MD. The highly-trained team of dermatologists will help you control outbreaks for healthier, clearer skin.

The reasons behind acne

Acne really is more prevalent during the teen years when hormone levels fluctuate and affect the sebaceous, or oil glands, on the face, neck, shoulders, upper chest and back. When these oil glands become plugged, they form comedones--red papules, pustules, blackheads or whiteheads. Blackheads look dark because of the presence of a skin pigment called melanin.

In addition, acne happens to people in their thirties, forties and beyond, also due to hormonal fluctuations associated with pregnancy and menopause. Obviously, then, women are more prone to acne than men; however, stress, and its associated androgens, precipitate acne outbreaks regardless of age and gender. Family history and use of certain hair and skin products factors into acne, too, says the American Academy of Dermatology.

Unfortunately, acne harms self-confidence. So, to avoid its spread, to reduce infection and scarring and to improve self-image, your dermatologist in Rockville advises professional evaluation and treatment of adult acne.

Treating acne

After a visual inspection of your affected areas, your dermatologist will recommend a care plan tailored to your unique needs. Typical interventions include:

  • Gentle, twice-daily facial washing (no vigorous scrubbing) with a recommended acne cleanser
  • Application of medications as directed by your skin doctor (tretinoin, or vitamin A, and benzoyl peroxide are common choices)
  • In-office extraction of cystic acne lesions (no at-home popping as this deepens scars and creates infection)
  • Topical antibiotics to clear the infection
  • Careful selection of hair and skin products (oily pomade typically clogs pores)
  • Routine washing of bedding, hats, and headbands
  • Keeping your hands off your face and other areas prone to outbreaks

Your best skin

You expected clear skin as an adult. You can achieve it with careful control of your acne. For a consultation on your acne and to experience the benefits of a routine skin examination and skin cancer assessment, call Shady Grove Dermatology for an appointment: (240) 246-7417. Our dermatologists are board-certified experts who can help you have your healthiest, most attractive skin.

By Shady Grove Dermatology
May 04, 2017
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Acne  

The Top 5 Treatments for Persistent Acne

Are you suffering from acne? Dermatologists provide advanced forms of treatment to patients with acne that are unresponsive to OTC methods. Shady Grove Dermatology, which is located in Rockville, MD, offers acne treatments. Here are five treatments for persistent acne that you should be aware of.

1. Antibiotics

Topical or oral antibiotics may be prescribed by your Rockville, MD, dermatologist for the treatment of acne. Choices for treating acne include tetracyclines, such as doxycycline and minocycline. Antibiotics are an effective treatment for persistent acne. Antibiotics work by destroying skin bacteria and reducing redness.

2. Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl peroxide is a medicine that is used to treat acne. Benzoyl peroxide is an antibacterial agent that destroys the bacteria that cause acne breakouts and helps dry up existing blemishes. Benzoyl peroxide is a powerful ingredient that's effective against all kinds of acne lesions (pimples, whiteheads, blackheads).

3. Extraction

Acne extraction is a procedure that is done in a dermatologist's office using sterile tools to get rid of blackheads and whiteheads. Extraction is when blackheads or whiteheads are extracted using a blade and an instrument, such as a comedone extractor. This allows medication to be applied to the opened pores to encourage healing.

4. Tretinoin

Tretinoin gel, solution, or cream is a medication prescribed to treat acne. Tretinoin clears your skin from within. It unclogs pores and promotes peeling of affected skin areas. Tretinoin decreases the number and severity of acne pimples and promotes healing of pimples that do develop. 

5. Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is one of acne's greatest enemies. Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA). This acid is lipophilic, which means it can penetrate oily skin and unclog pores, resulting in a deep cleaning. Salicylic acid can also reduce sebum secretion, which is another way it can heal acne.

Say goodbye to acne. Call Shady Grove Dermatology at 240-246-7417 today to schedule an appointment in Rockville, MD. Our revolutionary treatments get rid of acne and deliver fast results, for clearer and more beautiful skin. Remember, a better life starts with beautiful skin.

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