Acne Specialist

Midwest Dermatology

Dermatologists located in Arlington Heights, IL & Bloomingdale, IL

Acne is one of the most common skin ailments for both men and women. But with the help of expert dermatologists at Midwest Dermatology, you can treat those acne breakouts once and for all. The doctors at the Arlington Heights and Bloomingdale, Illinois clinics offer cutting-edge acne treatment solutions, so you can start looking and feeling your best. Schedule your evaluation by using the online scheduling system or by calling the clinic.

Acne Q & A

What causes acne?

Several issues cause acne, and your breakouts may stem from one or more of them. Some of the most common causes of acne include:

  • Excess oil production
  • Bacteria buildup
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Buildup of dead skin cells

While acne most commonly plagues teens starting at puberty, adult acne is a problem, too. Adult acne can stem from being overly stressed, like if you’re putting in extra hours at the office. In some cases, you may be prone to acne because of your genetics.

Can I prevent acne breakouts?

While you can’t block every acne breakout, you can make lifestyle changes to prevent future breakouts or minimize their severity. Some of the things you can do include:

  • Stop touching your face, especially after eating greasy or fatty foods
  • Wash your face before bed and first thing in the morning
  • Avoid sleeping in makeup or sunscreen products
  • Avoid picking or popping pimples
  • Moisturize your skin
  • Avoid zealously applying salicylic acid medications for breakouts, as they can dry out your skin, clog pores and make your acne worse.

How is acne treated?

The dermatologist evaluates your skin and goes over your health history to try to get a better idea of what’s causing your acne breakouts. This helps him put together a custom treatment plan to control acne and minimize your risk of scarring. Your acne treatment plan at Midwest Dermatology could include:

  • Oral antibiotics
  • Topical or oral retinoids, which are vitamin A-based drugs
  • Azelaic acid, a natural acid that has antibacterial properties
  • Chemical peels
  • Removing acne with special tools; though, this treatment could cause scarring

If the dermatologist determines your acne is caused by hormone fluctuations, which is common among menstruating women, he could suggest stabilizing your hormones by taking birth control medications or other hormone medication.

Some acne sufferers have severe scarring that makes them feel uncomfortable in their own skin. The dermatologists at Midwest Dermatology offer dermal filler injections to minimize acne scars.

Schedule your acne evaluation at Midwest Dermatology in Arlington Heights and Bloomingdale, Illinois, by using the online booking system or by calling the office.

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