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I'm Embarrassed About My Acne

I'm Embarrassed About My Acne

About 50 million Americans suffer from acne, the most common skin condition in the United States. In fact, up to 95% of teens and adolescents are plagued by pimples and pustules. 

No matter how common acne may be, if you’re dealing with regular — or even occasional — breakouts, those feelings of embarrassment, frustration, and low self-esteem are always with you.

At Metroderm DC: Medical, Laser, and Aesthetic Dermatology Center, board-certified dermatologists Todd E. Perkins, MD, and Edward H. Stolar, MD, understand the devastating physical and emotional impacts of acne. 

As leading dermatologists in the Washington, DC, area, they use the most advanced acne treatments with tailored treatment plans designed to target the underlying causes of acne, as well as its symptoms. Here’s how they can help you.

Why acne happens

Acne occurs when dead skin cells block or clog tiny hair follicles. Bacteria normally found inside the follicles get trapped. These bacteria feed on the oil and dead skin cells, and in the warmth of your skin, they start to multiply rapidly, resulting in inflammation.

Although acne breakouts can — and do — happen during adulthood, the condition is much more common during adolescence, thanks to hormone fluctuations. Researchers believe that hormones called androgens increase oil production, contributing to clogged follicles.

Other factors can trigger or worsen acne, too. They include:

Acne also tends to run in families, which means your genes can play a role.

Acne treatment based on your needs

Acne affects people in different ways. While over-the-counter products may provide limited benefits for some people, customized treatment is essential for optimal results.

At MetroDerm DC, we offer an array of acne treatments based on each patient’s symptoms, skin condition, medical history, and other factors. Some of the most popular and effective options include:

By reducing breakouts, customized acne treatment can also reduce the risk of scarring. If scarring does occur, we can treat that, too.

The key to reducing breakouts

Using medicines as directed and following a good skin care routine are essential for skin health. But there’s one more thing you can do to reduce breakouts and help your skin stay clear: See your dermatologist on a regular basis. 

Acne is a chronic condition, but that doesn’t mean the disease process never changes. If you visit our office regularly, we can adjust your treatment so it continues to work, even as underlying factors like hormones or stress change over time. 

In addition to adjusting your medications, we may recommend other treatment options, like microdermabrasion or acne facials to unclog pores and encourage skin replenishment. Plus, we can tweak your home care routine so your skin gets the support it needs to remain healthy.

Don’t let acne control your life

Acne can have devastating physical and emotional effects, and the scars it leaves can last a lifetime. The good news is that there are effective treatments. 

To learn what we can do to help you manage your acne and enjoy clearer skin, call 202-659-2223 or request an appointment online today.

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