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Acne services offered in Columbia, MD

If you have acne, turn to the team of board-certified, expert dermatologists at Dermatology & Advanced Skin Care in Columbia, Maryland. They can evaluate your skin’s condition and provide superior treatment for your individual needs. Book an appointment by calling the friendly administrative staff or using the convenient online scheduling tool today.

Acne Q & A

What is acne?

Acne is a common skin issue that occurs when your hair follicles become blocked by sebum (oil), dead skin cells, and bacteria. The blockage can lead to:

  • Whiteheads
  • Blackheads
  • Inflammatory papules or nodules (red, tender bumps)
  • Pustules (pus-filled bumps)

Acne also has the potential to trigger the formation of cysts.

What causes acne?

Acne typically arises due to several factors, such as hormonal changes during puberty or menstruation, excess sebum production, bacterial proliferation (specifically Propionibacterium acnes), and the accumulation of dead skin cells clogging hair follicles. Hormonal fluctuations often stimulate increased oil production, fostering an environment conducive to acne formation. 

Genetics, certain medications, diet, stress, and environmental factors can also exacerbate acne. External factors like using greasy cosmetics or wearing tight clothing might aggravate existing acne. 

Identifying and managing these triggers, along with proper skin care routines, can help mitigate the onset and severity of acne breakouts.

Acne breakouts can occur at any age but are most common during the teenage years.

When should I seek medical help for my acne?

You should book an appointment with your Dermatology & Advanced Skin Care provider if over-the-counter treatments haven't yielded results after several weeks or if your condition is severe, causing emotional distress or scarring. 

Persistent, painful cysts, nodules, or widespread acne could also require medical attention. If acne affects your self-esteem or occurs alongside other symptoms like excessive hair growth or irregular periods (in females), consult your dermatologist at Dermatology & Advanced Skin Care. 

In addition, you should seek a dermatologist's advice if your acne persists despite lifestyle changes, indicating potential underlying hormonal issues or other medical conditions requiring specialized treatment. Early intervention can prevent scarring and help manage severe acne effectively.

How is acne treated?

At Dermatology & Advanced Skin Care, the expert team provides numerous treatment options, including:

  • Over-the-counter products
  • Oral prescription medications
  • Prescription topical medications
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Chemical peels
  • Laser therapy

If you have acne, you can rely on the Dermatology & Advanced Skin Care experts to examine your skin condition closely and provide effective solutions. Call the friendly office staff today to book an appointment, or use the online scheduling tool when you’re ready.