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Acne Specialist

Medical & Aesthetic Dermatology

Board Certified Dermatologist located in Columbia, MD

Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. Whether you’re an adolescent dealing with teenage acne or a woman suffering from hormonal acne, expert dermatologist Cheryl Bansal, MD and the team at Medical & Aesthetic Dermatology in Columbia, Maryland can help. We offer TheraClear®, a procedure devised by Theravant Corp., to treat acne with light and vacuum therapy. Call the office or book an appointment online to learn how you can have acne treated today.

Acne Q & A

Why should acne be treated?

Acne is not just a skin problem that should be allowed to run its course. Without treatment, you can suffer from permanent scarring and dark spots. Plus, acne can make you self-conscious; treat acne to boost your self-confidence.

What are the symptoms of acne?

Acne is not just a few pimples, it can be chronic and debilitating. Acne includes:

  • Blackheads and whiteheads
  • Pustules
  • Papules
  • Cysts
  • Nodules

You usually notice acne on the face, but it can also appear on the back, upper arms, buttocks, chest, neck, and shoulders.

What is TheraClear?

A revolutionary technology to treat acne, TheraClear combines blue light and vacuum to kill bacteria and cleanse your pores. Dr. Bansal or another experienced staff member at Medical & Aesthetic Dermatology operates the hand device that delivers the light and vacuum so it delivers healing therapy to target areas.

The device mechanically evacuates extra oil (sebum) and bacteria, immediately enhancing your appearance and symptoms. Removing this sebum makes the acne light treatment that much more effective. You experience fast reduction in acne and redness associated with the skin condition. Benefits of TheraClear include:

  • Acne lesions flatten and disappear
  • You experience fewer and less severe breakouts
  • Skin oiliness lessens

TheraClear gives you almost instant improvement in the appearance of your skin.

Who is a candidate for TheraClear?

TheraClear works on most types of acne, from mild to inflammatory. It can also treat people who have pustular or comedonal acne. Comedonal acne consists primarily of blackheads and whiteheads. Even people who don’t respond well to other acne treatments can get good results from TheraClear treatments.

TheraClear treatments can be combined with other acne treatments if needed.

How many sessions of TheraClear will I need?

Dr. Bansal evaluates your case of acne to create a personalized plan. Most people benefit from four to six treatments spaced two to four weeks apart. Each session lasts about 10 minutes.

You can expect to stay clear of acne for about three months after treatment. Maintenance regimens can keep your acne at bay for a year or longer.

If you’re suffering from acne, call Medical & Aesthetic Dermatology or book an appointment online to start an effective treatment plan.

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