Acne Specialist

Verum Cutis Dermatology

Megan Brelsford, DO

Dermatologist located in Ashburn, VA

If you’re unhappy with your blemishes and they’re preventing you from being your most confident, then it’s time to take action. Megan Brelsford, DO at Verum Cutis Dermatology knows that over-the-counter cleansers and creams may not be enough to reduce acne, and offers a holistic approach as a solution. Located in Ashburn, Virginia, Dr. Brelsford finds and treats the cause of your acne, healing your skin from the inside out. If you’re tired of being embarrassed about the condition of your skin, seek Dr. Brelsford’s help. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

Acne Q & A

What is acne?

Acne is a skin condition that develops when the pores of the skin become blocked with sebum and skin cells, leading to inflammation and swelling. It appears as raised red bumps on the skin which may include blackheads or whiteheads. Adolescents are more likely to experience acne, although it can develop on patients of all ages. Acne most commonly develops on the face, back, neck, shoulders, and chest.


What causes acne?

When your skin produces too much sebum, an oily substance that lubricates your skin, it can get trapped in your pores or hair follicles with dead skin cells, forming a soft plug. This creates an environment where bacteria will thrive, which leads to the inflammation and raised, red bumps associated with acne. There are a variety of factors that can lead to excess sebum production and acne including:

  • Hormones – The hormonal shifts associated with adolescence and puberty and pregnancy are common triggers for excessive sebum production. Some women may experience acne flare-ups at certain points during their menstrual cycles.
  • Stress – Stress is also linked to acne flare-ups because of the effect it can have on your hormones and cortisol levels
  • Diet – The consumption of dairy products and some carbohydrate-rich foods may lead to acne in some people.
  • Medications – Corticosteroids, lithium, and androgens can make acne worse.


How does the doctor treat acne?

If your acne is not responding to over the counter acne treatments and skin care regimes, Dr. Brelsford may be able to provide advice and prescription skin care and medication to clear up your skin. Some people may try to treat acne on their own with harsh cleansers, astringents, and peroxide creams, but these chemicals may be too strong for your skin. They may cause your skin to overproduce sebum and oil to make up for your cleansers stripping it away.

Everyone has different skin care needs, and Dr. Brelsford can identify what you need, providing customized care. Some patients benefit from a gentle skin care regime while others may benefit from prescription grade cleansers and topical acne treatments. Others benefit from prescriptions to either fight off bacteria, balance your hormones, stimulate exfoliation and cell regrowth, or reduce sebum production. Dr. Brelsford may try a combination of treatments to address your needs.


Is there anything I can do to treat my acne scarring?

Dr. Brelsford offers a variety of treatments to reduce the appearance of acne scarring including:

  • Dermal fillers
  • Laser resurfacing