Acne and Acne Scarring

Acne is one of the most common dermatological problems, affecting almost everyone at some point during their life. Acne, also called “pimples” or “zits,” is an inflammatory condition of the oil glands of skin which is most commonly found on the face, neck, chest, shoulders and back. When pimples becomes inflamed and painful but no acne treatment is given, acne scarring can occur.

Treating Active Acne

Acne can be caused by stress, hormonal fluctuations, abnormal cell turnover, and excessive oil production. Some people may experience only a mild outbreak every once in a while, while others may have to contend with chronic pimples that never seems to completely disappear.

Acne is the single most common skin ailment in America among men and women of all ages and ethnicities. The severity of the condition can vary, making it difficult to treat with over-the-counter treatments. A board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Isaac or Dr. Yanes can help identify the appropriate treatment for your skin.

Acne commonly appears on the face, chest, neck, and back. Acne is caused when pores are clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria, which cause inflammation in the pores. Acne can take many forms, including:

  • Acneic cysts
  • Blackheads
  • White heads
  • Inflamed bumps

Your treatment will depend on the type of acne and severity of the condition. No matter what type of pimples you have or how frequently it occurs, however, there is an active acne treatment option for you. Dr. Isaac and Dr. Yanes are expert dermatologists in DC who will be able to assess your skin’s condition and recommend the most effective treatment options for you. Contact MI Skin Dermatology to schedule a consultation or call (202) 393-7546 today.

Acne Scarring

It’s very important to treat acne as soon as possible so that it does not form scars. Acne scars are a common side effect of leaving active acne untreated for too long, and they can be difficult to eliminate completely.

Acne scars are formed by the breakdown of the walls of the pores due to inflammation caused by active acne. Some scars are shallow and easily heal, while others are deeper, causing either a depression in the skin or a raised scar.

Depending on the type of scarring you experience, your treatment options will vary. It is important to have your skin assessed by a board-certified dermatologist to find the best treatment for your needs.

Acne and Acne Scar Treatments

There are multiple treatments available for both active acne and acne scars. These include topical creams, oral medications, and in-office acne treatments such as chemical peels, DermaSweep , and lasers for chronic pimple removal. Dr. Isaac and Dr. Yanes at the MI Skin Dermatology Center in Washington DC uses the most innovative and advanced ways to treat your stubborn acne and or acne scarring. Click to learn how to remove acne scars.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are a great option to remove dead skin cells in order to facilitate new skin growth and create brighter, smoother, healthier-looking skin. A common treatment for mild pimples is a de-toxifying facial coupled with DermaSweep, which helps in zit reduction. This will clear even deeply clogged pores, leaving skin healthy and glowing. Dermasweep combined with a superficial chemical peel will renew the skin, leaving it better able to absorb topical medications as well as products such as moisturizers, and is overall an effective acne treatment. This will help your skin to better fight off pimple outbreaks in the future as well.


DermaSweep microdermabrasion is an innovative exfoliating treatment that combines brush tip exfoliation with topical solutions and variable pressure for a precise and thorough skin treatment. Combined with a chemical peel, this extraordinary skin treatment can completely refresh and renew pimple-prone skin.


Tixel® is a fractional skin treatment that uses heat energy to treat a variety of skin conditions, including active acne, acne scarring, and other scars. Safe for all skin types, Tixel is a revolutionary treatment that works to restore healthy skin with less downtime than traditional fractionated laser treatments.

Laser Treatments

For more stubborn or problematic zits, laser treatments may be a good option. The MI Skin Dermatology Center in Washington DC offers many kinds of laser treatments for different skin conditions.

Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy, or PDT, is an effective way to treat both acne and acne scars, as well as sun damage and facial redness. PDT uses blue or laser light in order to kill pimple bacteria and treat the sebaceous glands that cause active acne lesions.

BBL Forever Clear and V-beam Photofacial

BBL, or broadband light, Forever Clear photofacials can treat redness and uneven skin tone. The V-beam photofacial can treat scars, rosacea, uneven coloring and red birthmarks. The Derma V laser is a multi-tasker that can treat active acne, acne scars, uneven skin tone, irregular skin texture, and other skin conditions. These lasers are completely safe and relatively painless in the hands of an experienced dermatologist such as Dr. Melda Isaac or Dr. Daniel Yanes in Washington DC.

Laser Resurfacing, Genius RF Microneedling, and Collagen PIN Microneedling

For more problematic and deeper pimple scarring, numerous resurfacing procedures are offered at MI Skin Dermatology Center in Washington DC. Depending on the depth or severity of scarring, one’s skin type, schedule and amount of downtime, Fraxel laser resurfacing, fractional CO2 resurfacing with Active and or Deep Fx lasers, UltraClear® Laser, Erbium laser treatments, Genius RF microneedling and Collagen PIN Microneedling are performed to reduce appearance of pimple scars and marks.

Schedule a Consultation Today

If you suffer from acne or acne scarring, there is an acne treatment that is right for you. To find out more about what solutions are available for you, contact the MI Skin Dermatology Center in Washington DC to schedule your consultation! Call (202) 393-7546 to make your appointment today.

About Our Doctors

Dr. Melda Isaac and Dr. Daniel Yanes are consistently recognized among the top dermatologists in Washington, DC. Our board-certified dermatologists provide both medical and cosmetic dermatology services with professionalism and compassion. Their specialized expertise in injectables and an eye for creating natural-looking results have made them a sought-after source for excellent dermatological care.

Dr. Isaac

Melda Isaac, MD

Founder and Director of MI Skin Dermatology and Laser Center

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Dr. Yanes

Daniel Yanes, MD

Board-Certified Dermatologist

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