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Georgetown Skin Care Arlington

Skin Matters

As a student at Georgetown University School of Medicine, where she met her husband, Chris, she was interested in surgery but also liked the challenge of internal medicine. “They give you some clues, and you have to figure out what’s going on, almost like a detective,” says Edwards, who joined Dr. Joy Chen at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Center in North Bethesda in 2013. During her dermatology rotation at Georgetown, Edwards found similarities to internal medicine—the part about solving mysteries—and decided to do a longer residency so she could become certified in both specialties.

Edwards and her husband, an anesthesiologist, live in Cabin John with their sons, who are 2 and 4. Her own skin care routine includes a retinoid, such as Retin-A or Tazorac. “A retinoid is almost like a boot camp instructor for the skin,” she says. “If you have acne, it’s going to clear up the acne. If you have wrinkles, it builds more collagen. If you have psoriasis, it can help thin down thick scales. I was a tennis player growing up, and so I did get a lot of sun. That retinoid to me is correction from all the sun damage I’ve had in the past.”