Acne Specialist

Anh Dang-Vu, MD, PC -  - Dermatologist

Herndon Dermatology

Anh Dang-Vu, MD, PC

Dermatologist located in Herndon, VA & Falls Church, VA

Acne can affect children, adolescents, and adults alike. At Herndon Dermatology in Herndon and Falls Church, Virginia, Dr. Anh P. Dang-Vu is an acne specialist with decades of experience in dermatology. Dr. Dang-Vu and her team of qualified professionals treat acne with a range of methods, and also offer skin rejuvenation treatments like the intense pulsed laser therapy to even out your skin tone, reduce any acne scarring, and add a finishing touch. For acne care that yields results, visit Dr. Dang-Vu. Call or schedule your appointment conveniently online.

Acne Q & A

What is acne?

Acne is a skin condition resulting from hair follicles that become plugged with dead skin cells and oil. Acne usually appears on the forehead, chest, upper back, shoulders, and face. While it affects people of all ages, it’s most common among adolescents.

Acne can vary depending on the individual, and for some people, acne can lead to emotional distress and cause scarring on the skin.

A sudden onset of acne in older adults can be a sign of an underlying medical condition that should be addressed.

Acne usually presents itself as:

  • Papules — small, red sore bumps  
  • Blackheads — open plugged pores
  • Pustules — papules with pus at the tip
  • Cystic lesions — painful pus-filled lumps under the skin
  • Nodules — large, solid, painful lumps beneath the skin’s surface

For some people, acne can stay for decades. Many women experience acne flares around a week before menstruation, likely as a result of hormonal changes.

What causes acne?

There are four main factors that contribute to acne:

  • Bacteria
  • Excess oil production
  • Hair follicles that are clogged with oil and dead skin cells
  • Hormonal complications, such as excess activity of certain hormones

The follicle wall can bulge and produce a whitehead, and in some cases, the plug might be open and darken due to bacteria and oil congestion that turns brown when exposed to air.

When blocked hair follicles become infected or inflamed with bacteria, pimples appear in the form of raised red spots with a white center. Blockages and inflammation can develop inside hair follicles and produce lumps under the surface of your skin.

Other factors that can exacerbate or contribute to acne include:

  • Aging
  • Certain foods
  • Chronic stress
  • Family history
  • Hormonal changes
  • Certain medications
  • Excess friction or pressure on the skin

What are the treatments for acne?

Acne treatments at Herndon Dermatology are aimed at avoiding scarring and other damage to your skin, controlling break-outs, and reducing your scars so they’re less noticeable.

Most acne medications work by speeding up skin cell turnover and reducing oil production, bacterial overgrowth and inflammation. There are topical medications, oral medications, antibiotics, intense pulsed light therapy, blue/red light, photodynamic therapy and other effective acne treatment options available from Dr. Dang-Vu. The length of time a course of treatment takes depends on the acne and the type of treatment.

The Herndon Dermatology team have solutions for your acne. Call or schedule your appointment online today.


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