Acne Specialist


Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Annandale, VA

Around 50 million Americans have acne. A bump here and there might not bother you, but if acne persists and causes discomfort and embarrassment, it’s time to ask the team at CareLife Style in Fairfax, Virginia, about how innovative aesthetic and medical treatments can help. Call the office or click the online appointment tool to arrange your consultation.

Acne Q & A

What is acne?

Acne is a skin condition that affects nearly everyone at some point. When your hair follicles fill with oil and old skin cells, it can lead to several types of acne breakouts, including:


Whiteheads appear when dirt, oil, and debris clog your pores. When the pores close with all of that matter trapped inside, it forms a bump. Whiteheads are typically white but may also be skin-colored. 


Blackheads are dark spots on your skin. Like whiteheads, they develop when a skin pore collects dirt, oil, and debris. Blackheads don't close the way whiteheads do, so they're generally flat and look similar to specks of dirt. 


Papules are inflamed bumps that develop when a clogged pore leaks some of its contents to the surrounding skin. This type of acne is usually quite red and doesn't contain any pus. Most papules progress into pustules.


Pustules are inflamed bumps with pus in the center.  


Nodules are hard acne lesions that develop in your deeper skin layers. This type of acne is usually bright red but may also be flesh-toned. Nodules are fairly flat, resembling lumps more than bumps.


Cystic acne, the most serious type of acne, causes large, highly inflamed bumps with pus in the center. Cysts look similar to whiteheads and pustules, but they're far more severe. 

Because of acne, you may develop acne scars, which are either raised or depressed skin lesions.  

When should I seek acne treatment?

If any of the following issues sound familiar, it's time to schedule an acne evaluation at CareLife Style:

  • Over-the-counter treatments don't help
  • Your acne's uncomfortable or painful
  • Cosmetics don't adequately conceal your blemishes
  • You feel embarrassed about your skin
  • You have acne scars
  • You feel like acne prevents you from looking your best

Acne may grow worse and worse without treatment, so the best way to stop the breakout cycle is to work with the experts at CareLife Style for personalized treatments.

How does acne treatment work?

Acne is both a health and aesthetic issue, so CareLife Style addresses both the underlying medical causes of acne and the associated aesthetic concerns. 

There are many treatment options for acne, ranging from medication to topical treatments. 

A cutting-edge noninvasive treatment option is the state-of-the-art Cutera® Laser Genesis system, a laser light system that uses low-level controlled heat to destroy the bacteria that causes acne. This treatment also targets skin redness, oil overproduction, and acne scars. 

CareLife Style also offers acne management and prevention options like facials, chemical peels, and high-quality skin care products. 

Instead of wishing your acne away, let CareLife Style help you eliminate it for good. Call the office or schedule an appointment online.