Acne Treatment Specialist

CareLife Medical

Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Fairfax, VA & Richmond, VA

One or two pimples every once in a while don’t really affect your appearance, and they usually leave within a few days or weeks. If you have persistent or recurrent acne, it may be time to seek aggressive treatments from Fatima Aziz, MD, at CareLife Medical in Fairfax & Richmond, Virginia. To overcome your acne and boost your self-confidence, call CareLife Medical or book your acne treatment consultation online today.

Acne Treatment Q & A

Acne will fight you so be prepared to fight back!

At CareLife Medical we do not believe there is a “one size fits all” approach to Acne Management. We know that everyone is unique, and so is their skin. We provide a customized

Acne Treatment Plan that suits your skin type, your symptoms and your individual needs. 

The CareLife Acne protocol is a multi-prong approach that includes:

  • A thorough review of your skin type and overall health to assess the type of acne you have, and isolate the triggers
  • Topical therapies that can be used on a daily basis to cleanse the skin of harmful impurities and bacteria.
  • Laser treatments to manage active acne as well as to reduce or eliminate acne scars.
  • Prescription medications that inhibit the production of acne causing bacteria.
  • Microneedling and facial peels to help with scars, pigments, discoloration and other acne-related issues.

In addition, the CareLife medical team uses a locally-sourced compounding pharmacy to ensure you get the highest quality topical dermatological treatment medications that are made specifically for you. 

What causes acne?

Acne, the most common skin condition in the United States, appears in the form of red blemishes, whiteheads, and blackheads. Most people are familiar with the condition after getting it during adolescence, but you can break out in acne at any age. 

There are many myths about what causes acne. The truth is that there are many factors at play. Common factors that contribute to and worsen breakouts include:

  • Stressful events
  • Hormone fluctuations
  • Certain medications
  • Carb-rich foods 

Pimples form when the tiny holes in your skin, called your pores, become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. 

Usually, the oil in your skin prevents it from drying out. When you produce too much of it, it acts as a glue that traps dead skin cells and fosters bacteria growth, leading to inflammation.

How does acne treatment work?

At CareLife Medical, Dr. Aziz provides Laser Genesis treatments using the Excel® V by Cutera®. The heat from the laser permeates your skin, triggering its natural healing response, and kills the bacteria within your pores to prevent more acne from appearing. It also reduces inflammation associated with acne and other skin conditions, like rosacea and spider veins.

The results of Laser Genesis aren’t immediate. In fact, you may need several sessions with Dr. Aziz to see the full effect. 

She forms a treatment and follow-up plan for you depending on the severity of your acne or rosacea inflammation. Following your treatments, your skin looks clear, smooth, and even toned. 

When should I seek professional acne treatment?

Most acne breakouts disappear by themselves with a minimal amount of home care. Before seeking treatment, you may try:

  • Benzoyl peroxide products
  • Salicylic acid products
  • Using sunscreen when you go outside
  • Cutting down on carbs

You can expect to wait four to eight weeks before seeing an improvement in your acne with home care alone. If it persists beyond this time period, more aggressive treatments with the Excel V laser or prescription acne medications may be necessary.  

If your social life or self-perception suffers because of your acne, don’t hesitate to book an appointment for acne treatment by phone or online at CareLife Medical today.