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What is the cause of acne, and can dermatology treatment in Rockville clear my skin?

Acne before and After example

Acne is a problem faced by millions of people at least once in their life. We commonly associate this condition with the teenage years, but acne can affect people of all ages and backgrounds. The condition of acne is so common that there are countless promotions of “cures,” techniques, or miracle substances that supposedly have the power to zap zits with amazing speed.

Acne has a genetic component in which the skin cells in some people don’t exfoliate out of the pores as well as for others it causes comedones. Also very recent studies show people with acne have an early abnormal immune response to the normal bacteria in the skin which triggers the disease.We use topical and oral medications to combat all these factors. Some patients also respond to Photodynamic laser therapy (PDT) which reduces the inflammation causing bacteria on the skin.

Studies have also shown certain dietary factors can aggravate acne, including foods with high glycemic (sugar) loads and skim milk. For a list of these foods see

In reality, successfully handling acne is complicated. At Washington Dermatology Center, we evaluate what the underlying cause of acne is as the first step to devising the proper dermatology treatment plan. Our patients from Rockville and surrounding areas benefit from this level of care, which seeks to calm irritated skin, destroy acne-causing bacteria, and prevent scarring.

Dermatological treatment of acne can heal existing blemishes, reduce outbreaks, and minimize scars. Even those who are prone to acne, whether persistently or through a specific stage in life, can enjoy beautiful skin with the right treatment. The thought that any product or treatment can “cure” acne, however, would be a misunderstanding. In instances where acne is chronic, ongoing treatment may be the path towards glowing, healthy skin that lasts.

The formation of acne

Each of us has bacteria that naturally live on the skin. When this bacteria is given the right environment, in which pores become clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and debris, these microorganisms can quickly multiply. The result is whiteheads, blackheads, and cysts.

Acne is not a condition that only affects those who do not wash their face regularly. Hygiene does not play the role many people believe. The most common reason for acne is the excessive production of sebum, a natural waxy substance made in the skin. The buildup of this substance can block pores, creating the ideal scenario for breakouts. The over-production of sebum may be triggered by hormonal fluctuations, which is one reason we often see teenagers with irritated, red skin.

Treating acne successfully

Most people attempt over the counter or even home remedies when first combating acne. Though some may respond to these mild solutions, others find that skin simply becomes more irritated and sensitive due to the chemicals in such products. It is important to obtain personalized care for acne from your dermatologist if skin does not respond favorably to over the counter products within a few weeks.

Dr. Prussick has assembled a comprehensive suite of specialized dermatological services for the treatment of acne. There is no reason for you to live with red, irritated skin that depletes your self-confidence. We can help you find your way back to your most beautiful skin.

Call Washington Dermatology Center and schedule your consultation.

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Ronald B. Prussick, MD, FRCPC

Ronald B. Prussick, MD, FRCPC

Washington Dermatology Center is dedicated to providing patients with the best quality skin treatments in general and cosmetic dermatology to help them achieve all aesthetic and health-related skin goals.

The medical director, Dr. Ronald B. Prussick has decades of expertise in dermatology with extensive training in laser treatments and psoriasis treatments. The rest of the staff comprise of Dr. Mary Piazza Maiberger and Dr. Jennifer Nguyen, who are qualified dermatologists specializing in areas like skin cancer treatments and dermatology surgery, and Dr. Henry Yan, PA-C, and Meryl Elyse Gudelsky, RN, who specialize in personalized skincare treatments.

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