Acne services offered in Rockville, MD

About Acne

Nearly everybody gets acne at some point, but for some people, this stubborn skin condition causes physical and emotional discomfort well into adulthood. At Shady Grove Dermatology in Rockville, Maryland, the board-certified dermatologists use the latest treatments to target acne in adolescents and adults. The team works with you to treat and prevent breakouts for smoother, clearer skin. Call today or use the online booking tool to schedule an acne consultation.

Acne Q&A

What is acne?

Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that causes red, sometimes painful bumps to develop on your skin. Around 85% of people ages 12-24 experience acne, making it the most common skin condition in the United States.

More than an embarrassing cosmetic concern, acne is an uncomfortable condition that can affect your quality of life.

Shady Grove Dermatology’s board-certified dermatologists understand that acne can negatively affect your physical and mental health and work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets your needs.

What does acne look like?

Acne can take many forms, including:

  • Blackheads (open comedones)
  • Whiteheads (closed comedones)
  • Papules (small, tender bumps)
  • Pustules (bumps filled with pus)
  • Nodules (large bumps beneath the skin)
  • Cysts (painful nodules filled with pus)

The severity of your acne can vary. Some people experience mild, occasional acne, while others suffer from persistent nodules and cysts.

Why do some people have acne and not others?

Some people are genetically predisposed to acne, contributing to increased sebum, an oily substance that lubricates your skin. When your skin produces too much sebum, the excess can clog your hair follicles and lead to acne breakouts. 

Factors that increase your risk of acne include:

  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Environmental influences (pollution, high humidity, etc.)
  • Pore-clogging skin care products
  • Certain medications, including corticosteroids
  • Extreme stress

Understanding these factors and how they affect your skin can provide insights into why you may be more prone to acne than others.

How long does acne last?

Acne typically persists through your teenage years and early 20s, but many people struggle with stubborn breakouts into their 30s, 40s, and beyond. 


Adult acne can be difficult to treat with over-the-counter products. At Shady Grove Dermatology, your dermatologist can provide personalized care that targets all types of acne.

What are the treatments for acne?

Effective treatments for acne include:

  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Oral and topical antibiotics
  • Hormone treatments
  • Tretinoin 
  • Extraction

Your dermatologist can also recommend a customized skincare routine and healthy lifestyle habits to keep your skin clear and breakout-free. 

Call Shady Grove Dermatology today or use the online booking tool to get expert help for acne.