Acne is one of the most common of all skin disorders, affecting nearly 17 million people in the United States. Most people have had some experience with it, the lucky ones sporting a few pimples during their teen years. Not-so-lucky sufferers deal with extensive, persistent outbreaks from adolescence into adulthood. These boys and girls, men and women, commonly handle the embarrassment of moderate to severe cases by withdrawing from others. Effects on self-image and personality development, like the scars often left behind, can be profound and long lasting. At Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Associates, our experienced team of dermatologists and other skin care professionals offers a variety of acne treatment options to help our patients from Naperville, Joliet, and Bourbonnais, IL and beyond have healthy, radiant skin.
If acne is taking an emotional toll on you or a loved one, don't wait any longer. Schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified dermatologists or call us at (815) 744-8554.
Acne often starts during puberty and may last into adulthood. It commonly develops on the face, neck, shoulders, back, and chest. As changing hormone levels cause oil production to increase, the oil glands around hair follicles may become clogged, trapping dead skin cells and bacteria.
An overgrowth of bacteria inside the clogged follicles causes pimples, redness, and pain. Cysts may form if the inflammation spreads deeper into the skin. Acne ranges in severity from mild (e.g., occasional pimples) to more severe cases with continuously red and swollen skin and deep, painful cysts.
Acne Treatment Options
The range of treatments available today is good news for acne sufferers. Medications can be targeted at specific symptoms, with options including:
- Topical antibiotic and retinoid regimens
- Oral antibiotics
- Hormonal control
- Oral retinoids for severe cases
Our dermatologists will discuss the hierarchy of treatment options appropriate for your skin type and severity, and together work with you toward a clearer, more beautiful complexion.
Skin Rejuvenation After Acne
Once a regimen has been chosen that maintains your clear and healthy skin, our dermatologists can help you choose from a full complement of treatments to improve redness, blotchiness, and scarring that result from acne. Treatment options include:
- Chemical peels ranging from superficial glycolic acid and salicylic acid peels to moderate trichloracetic acid and deep phenol peels.
- Microdermabrasion to treat hyperpigmentation and scarring from acne.
- Laser therapy including Fraxel® for acne scarring, pigmentary changes from acne and melasma, and fine lines.
If you are interested in a more beautiful and rejuvenated complexion, chances are there's a combination of solutions that will work for you.