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Washington, DC area patients who visit Board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Cheryl Burgess, often ask about acne. Acne is an inflammatory skin issue that can be painful and unsightly. Over-the-counter creams and medications often include the same ingredients because they have been proven the most effective. But is there a cure for acne? Unfortunately, no, though treating it with today’s medications and certain dermatological procedures can help keep it under control.
To determine the best possible treatment for acne, patients must first schedule a consultation appointment with their dermatologist. A Board-certified dermatologist has experience and training in dealing with acne and many other skin concerns. Dr. Cheryl Burgess assesses the skin to determine the type of acne patients are dealing with and find the most effective solution. Types of acne include:
The treatment of acne may be handled in a variety of ways. The best treatment is determined by the type of acne and how aggressive patients want to be in addressing it. Many patients turn to topical therapy which involves the use of topical medications directly on the skin and oral medications. These may be combined with certain skin care regimens and the use of other products such as toners and oil-free moisturizers. Patients may also consider integrating other therapies for continued improvement, including chemical peels, microdermabrasion and laser therapies. Combining treatments often provide faster and more effective results.
At the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, our Board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Cheryl Burgess, proudly offers a number of treatments for individuals who struggle with active acne and acne scarring. Her practice, located at 2311 M Street, NW, Suite 504, can be reached by calling (410) 224 1195 and is readily available to assist new patients.