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Why Do I Have Psoriasis? Mar 1st, 2021

When most people hear the word “psoriasis,” they think of patches of flaky, dry, discolored skin. But there’s more to psoriasis than dry skin. If you’ve been diagnosed with this uncomfortable condition, you’re probably wondering why you have it and what you can about it. Our team of expert providers...

Get Rid of Those Last Few Pounds with SculpSure Feb 15th, 2021

If you've followed a healthy diet and incorporated exercise into your daily life but can’t lose those last few pounds, you’re not alone. Many people who reach a healthy weight are frustrated by stubborn pockets of fat that refuse to budge, no matter how strict the diet or exercise regime. ...

Using the ABCDE Method to Check Your Moles Jan 13th, 2021

Did you know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States? About 9,500 Americans are diagnosed every day, and millions more are affected each year.  At Allen A. Flood, MD, Dermatology on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, we help our patients catch skin cancer...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 23rd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

Treatment Options for Vitiligo Dec 9th, 2020

Vitiligo is a relatively rare skin disease affecting about 2% of the global population. The white patches of skin it causes may not be medically dangerous, but they can affect the way you feel about yourself. At his private practice, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Allen A. Flood helps our patients who...

5 Places Where You Can Remove Hair Nov 1st, 2020

Body and facial hair are facts of life. But that doesn’t mean you want to live with unsightly hair in all the places it grows.  The latest advances in laser technology mean you don’t have to fight unwanted facial and body hair with tweezers, razors, and chemicals any longer. Laser...

Hormonal Factors and Acne Oct 14th, 2020

Acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States, affecting about 50 million people of all ages. While acne is most prevalent during puberty, striking 85% of adolescents, it can still linger into adulthood. At our practice, Dr. Allen A. Flood is a premier dermatologist who helps clients...

Caring for Your Skin After Laser Hair Removal Sep 9th, 2020

Getting laser hair removal is exciting. A successful treatment or series of treatments can build up your confidence and save you a ton of time — no more shaving, plucking, waxing, or threading on your treated area.  Like all medical and aesthetic procedures, it’s important to follow postop instructions for...

How Can Fillers Enhance my Appearance? Aug 17th, 2020

When you were younger, you may have been frustrated by the fullness of your cheeks and face. However, aging tends to reduce fullness in your face, leaving you to miss the youthful appearance you remember. Expert dermatologist Allen A. Flood, MD uses fillers to subtly transform the faces of his...

Signs You May Need a Skin Cancer Screening Jul 17th, 2020

More than 3 million people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the United States, making it the most common type of cancer. The good news is that many skin cancers are diagnosed early enough that they can be eradicated, largely thanks to screening. At our practice, Dermatologist Dr....

Why Is Salicylic Acid So Effective on Acne? Jun 17th, 2020

Salicylic acid is one of the most common compounds found in most over-the-counter acne treatments. It’s also used in a stronger concentration in some professional dermatology products. Derived from the willow bark tree, salicylic acid is often very effective in treating acne, especially when used in combination with other acne...

Myths and Facts About Botox® Everyone Should Know May 19th, 2020

Botox® is among the most popular cosmetic treatments available for combating the signs of aging and benefits don’t end there. Botox offers medical benefits as well. Despite its successful application in cosmetics and medicine, misinformation abounds. If you’re considering Botox for cosmetic or medical reasons, it’s important to get the...

5 Natural Ingredients That May Calm Your Blemishes Apr 28th, 2020

For many of us, skincare is a vital part of our daily routine. At the end of the day, we reach for our cleansers and moisturizers and wash the day off. Sometimes we’ll opt for a face mask, if we feel like our skin needs a little extra love. But...

Which Chemical Peel is Right for You Mar 2nd, 2020

Your skin plays a large part in how your face appears in photos and mirrors. Fine wrinkles, acne, sun damage, and small scars can deeply impact the appearance of your skin. Chemical peels work by stripping away old layers of skin to completely transform the appearance of your face.   ...

Laser Hair Removal: Start Now and Be Fuzz Free by Summer Feb 14th, 2020

Waxing, shaving, tweezing, and depilatories all get rid of unwanted hair, but not for very long. Hair grows back, making it a constant battle to maintain smooth skin. You can eliminate the hassle of hair removal with laser hair removal. At Allen A. Flood, MD Dermatology in Washington, DC, we...

Struggling with Adult Acne? Here's How to Manage Jan 9th, 2020

Adult acne can be just about as embarrassing as teenage acne. You don’t want to go into a big meeting or greet new clients with inflamed red bumps on your face. In the workplace, it’s a fact and not a myth that you’re judged on appearance.  Allen A. Flood, MD,...

Myths and Facts About Vitiligo Dec 4th, 2019

Living with vitiligo can be a challenge. This condition can lower people's self-confidence and interfere with their relationships. It doesn't help that there's a lot of misconceptions around vitiligo.  Thankfully, specialists with an understanding of vitiligo can deliver the facts. Dr. Allen Flood is an experienced dermatologist who’s been treating...

Incorporating Botox Into Your Regular Beauty Routine Nov 21st, 2019

Are you seeing the slow progression of age take over your features, making lines and wrinkles more prominent? You don’t have to book a facelift just yet. You can simply add Botox® treatments to your beauty routine and get a few more years of youthful, smooth skin.  At the practice...

Common Psoriasis Triggers to Avoid Oct 1st, 2019

Psoriasis is no picnic. It can be frustrating to see the small flakes of skin on your clothes or the interior of your car. And when a flare-up occurs, it can be itchy and incredibly uncomfortable. The good news is that you can have some control over the condition. Flare-ups...

What Causes Adult Acne? Sep 4th, 2019

When most people think of acne, they think of a skin disease that occurs primarily during the teen years, with breakouts and flareups stopping sometime in a person’s late teens or at least by their early 20s. But the fact is, for many people, acne doesn’t end when adulthood begins....

Spots, Scars, and Stretch Marks: Lasers Can Treat Them All Aug 5th, 2019

No matter how carefully we care for our skin, it’s pretty much impossible to keep it smooth, clear, and flawless for our entire lives. Eventually, spots, scars, and stretch marks can make our skin look tired and worn out; worse, depending on where they’re located, they can make us feel...

Understanding Vitiligo: What It Is and What to Do About It Jul 3rd, 2019

When most of us think of skin discoloration, we think of hyperpigmentation — a buildup of excess pigments that causes dark spots or “splotches” on the skin. But vitiligo is a relatively common skin condition that does just the opposite: Instead of causing darker patches in the skin, vitiligo causes...

SculpSure: Rid Yourself of Stubborn Fat with This Popular Noninvasive Procedure Jun 10th, 2019

No matter how old we are, no matter what gender we may be, there’s one thing that binds us all together. Is it our shared human experience? Well, sure, there's that. But more likely, it’s a shared dislike for stubborn fat. It jiggles, it wiggles, but no matter what, those...

How Pellevé™ Can Help You Maintain Your Youthful Appearance May 15th, 2019

Even if you do all the right things to take care of your skin – use sun protection and plenty of moisturizer, eat a healthy diet, never smoke, and stay well-hydrated – your face eventually reflects the passage of time. Your genes also play a role in how your face...

3 Facts You Should Know About Laser Hair Removal Apr 1st, 2019

Laser hair removal is extremely popular among both women and men. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than a million people have laser hair removal every year in the U.S. Laser hair removal is quick, and it can be used on pretty much any part...

Say Goodbye To Wrinkles With TempSure Envi Mar 1st, 2019

From the time the first cave person looked at a reflection in a smooth body of water, there has been one nagging question: How can I get rid of these wrinkles? In the last decades, dermatologists and aesthetics have made major strides in treating wrinkles from surgery to implants to...

Pellevé: The Quick and Painless Anti-Aging Treatment Feb 4th, 2019

It’s not always easy to look in the mirror and see the effects of aging that are constantly visible, including fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. Those considering dermatological care with a special interest in anti-aging treatment may also be overwhelmed by the various techniques and cosmetic services available. If...

Rebuilding Your Body Confidence With SculpSure Jan 10th, 2019

New year, new you! One of the most common New Year’s resolutions, by far, is to get in shape. The specifics may vary from person to person, but the end goal is to feel better about your body. Unfortunately, this is sometimes easier said than done. Fat cells can be...

Target Your Trouble Areas With Sculpsure Dec 7th, 2018

You’ve perfected your exercise regimen and you’re eating a well-balanced diet, so you’ve slimmed down and feel healthier than ever, yet you still have some stubborn pockets of fat that just won’t shift no matter what you try. Whether it’s your love handles, stomach fat or thighs that are proving...

Botox or Pellevé: Which is Right for Me? Nov 9th, 2018

Have you looked in your mirror and wished for a way to turn back the clock on lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, and that overall dull appearance that comes with aging skin? Thankfully there are plenty of products and procedures that can help you renew your appearance, bringing a vitality to...

Why Annual Skin Examinations Are So Important Oct 31st, 2018

Your skin is an organ, just like the heart, or the liver, or the stomach. In fact, it’s the largest organ in your body and it does a lot more than most people realize. Your skin is a major player in regulating your temperature. It protects your bones and organs...

Combating Wrinkles with the Help of Pellevé Sep 26th, 2018

Gravity takes its toll on everyone, and wrinkles are a natural part of aging. But today, there are more options to erase the marks of time from your face than ever before. One of the newest treatments is called Pellevé, and this noninvasive therapy can make a real difference.How Pellevé...

3 Reasons SculpSure is More Popular Than Ever Aug 15th, 2018

3 Reasons SculpSure is More Popular Than Ever      Everybody has problem areas on their bodies that they wish would respond better to diet and exercise efforts. It might be your thighs, your belly, or your chin that just won’t shrink, so SculpSureⓇ is here to help. This noninvasive laser treatment...

Managing Acne With Summer Humidity Jul 24th, 2018

The mid-Atlantic region is beautiful at any time of the year, but summer is especially lovely as the cherry blossoms give way to a verdant landscape. The lushness of this locale is largely due to the high humidity levels that accompany the summer months, which can make dealing with skin...

Botox®: Still The Leading Medically-Administered Cosmetic Treatment Jun 20th, 2018

BotoxⓇ is one old-school dermatologic treatment that’s gaining new fans each and every day. In 2017, Botox was used in 7.23 million cosmetic dermatology procedures — more than any other minimally invasive treatment — according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. That’s up 2% over 2016.You’d think with so...

6 Tips for Preventing Skin Cancer May 22nd, 2018

Skin cancer develops when your skin cells grow abnormally and out of control. DNA damage to these cells is the No. 1 cause, usually from too much exposure to UVA and UVB ultraviolet radiation, which typically comes from the sun and the use of tanning beds. This overexposure causes mutations...

Doesn’t Pellevé Require Recovery Time? Apr 20th, 2018

Pellevé is the revolutionary way to restore a youthful appearance without the downtime associated with conventional, invasive treatments such as face lifts. Pellevé is even less invasive than wrinkle-reducing injections and fillers.Pellevé uses radiofrequency that penetrates the surface of your skin to stimulate the production of collagen. The procedure feels...

Why Home Mole-Removal Remedies Aren’t a Good Idea Mar 22nd, 2018

If you have a mole that’s bothering you, you may be considering removing it yourself using an at-home method. However, there are several risks associated with at-home mole removal, so coming in for a consultation with Dr. Flood is much safer.Exactly what is a mole, anyway? Moles are clusters of...

Common Skin Conditions And How To Treat Them Feb 23rd, 2018

You’ve probably heard it a million times by now, whether as trivia or as a fact drilled into your memory from school, but the largest organ in the body is your skin. That means your skin is a constantly changing thing that requires careful care and nourishment to function properly....

How to Effectively Get Rid of Body Fat Dec 4th, 2017

Nearly every person has struggled at one time or another with the issue of body fat. Few people, if any, go through life without putting on excess weight that they’d like to get rid of. Barring a seemingly superhuman metabolism that lasts into your old age, at one point or...

Why Laser Hair Removal is the Best Solution Nov 6th, 2017

The subject of hair is a complicated one. It can define us, we spend a lot of time on it, and a great deal of it we want to get rid of. In fact, hair removal is one of the most in demand cosmetic issues with more products than you...

Turn Back Time with Wrinkle Reduction Treatments Nov 6th, 2017

One of the great ironies of life is that our bodies often begin to show age before we really feel it. We’re living longer, we’re staying active longer, and generally our feelings of youthfulness seem to be extending. Our skin, however, doesn’t seem to want to follow that trend. You...

Get the Facts on Skin Cancer and How to Treat It Nov 6th, 2017

No one likes to even think about the chances of having cancer. We’d all prefer it to be this remote possibility even if we are presenting what could be the early signs of it. Of course we want to focus on the relative rarity of it. Often, the symptoms you...

How Laser Treatments Can Get Rid of Stubborn Fat in Problem Areas Apr 6th, 2017

Do you ever look in the mirror and notice certain areas of your body holding onto some fat no matter what you do? If you do, you certainly aren’t alone. In fact, if you’re reading this there’s probably a good chance you’ve experienced it for yourself. Very few people are...