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Acne Treatments

How is Acne Treated?

While there is no miracle cure on the market to get rid of acne, our Reston, VA, dermatologist Dr. Theodore Sebastien and his team offer a variety of treatment options and strategies to help you finally get your acne under control.

Our dermatologists are focused on creating a treatment plan customized to your needs. This includes factoring in the cause and severity of your acne. 

If you have moderate to severe acne we can help you find the right medication to manage your symptoms. This may include a combination of topical and oral medication. Topical creams containing retinoids and azelaic acid can help to reduce inflammation caused by bacteria, while also removing dead skin cells to prevent clogged pores.

Along with these topical medications, a dermatologist may also recommend antibiotics, either in topical or oral form. Antibiotics can also kill acne-causing bacteria.

Those with more severe cystic, nodule acne will require immediate and aggressive treatment to prevent scarring (a complication of untreated cystic acne). Your dermatologist may prescribe a strong medication known as isotretinoin (e.g. Accutane), which shrinks the oil glands and prevents oil overproduction.

Along with medications, there are several other ways to reduce your acne symptoms. Some of these include a variety of dietary and lifestyle changes, as well as special therapies and treatments such as chemical peels, facials and laser treatments, which can be performed right here in our office.

Feel as though you’re struggling with acne and can’t seem to clear it up? Give us a call at 703-709-1492 to schedule an appointment with our nurse practitioner Alice Karr or physician assistant Sarah Donovan!