Acne is often considered a teenage problem, but it can also affect adults, especially women. An estimated 12-24% of women suffer from acne well into their 40s, and the impact on their self-esteem is just as severe as in teens. The experienced team at SkinMD offer customized treatment ranging from medication and lasers to physician-grade skin care products. If you suffer from acne, book an appointment online or call one of the offices in Chicago, Evergreen Park, Orland Park, or Skokie, Illinois.
Acne Q & A
What Causes Acne?
Acne begins when oil glands at the base of hair follicles produce extra oil, a problem that often occurs due to hormonal changes. Normally, the oil drains out of the follicle at the skin’s surface. When skin cells block the opening, oil becomes clogged in the follicle and acne develops.
Acne worsens when bacteria get mixed in with the oil, causing your acne to become inflamed, red, and swollen.
What are the Different Types of Acne?
Acne is a catch-all term that describes a variety of blemishes that occur on your face. Each blemish has its own medical name:
- Comedomes: blackheads and whiteheads
- Papules: small pimples
- Pustules: small, pus-filled pimples
- Nodules: large, painful pimples
- Cysts: deep, painful, pus-filled bumps
You’re more likely to develop acne scars when you have inflamed cysts or nodules, especially if the inflammation persists for an extended period of time. You can prevent scarring with early treatment.
When Should I Get Help for Acne?
You can consult the team at SkinMD any time you’re concerned about acne and how it affects your appearance. However, it’s important to get professional care for your skin when over-the-counter products don’t help or when your acne becomes inflamed and swollen. In addition to increasing your risk for scarring, severe acne may also cause skin discoloration.
Adults with acne have another reason to schedule an appointment at SkinMD: What appears to be adult acne may be rosacea, a condition that worsens over time without proper treatment.
How is Acne Treated?
When you come to SkinMD for acne treatment, your doctor helps you with all aspects of the problem, including advice about a gentle and effective skin care routine to treat your acne and prevent future breakouts.
At SkinMD, you also have access to physician-grade skin care products such as SkinMedica®, which has a targeted acne cleansing system.
Your treatment plan may include one or more of the following:
- Topical medications to relieve inflammation
- Topical or oral antibiotics to get rid of bacteria
- Hormonal medications to treat an imbalance
- Medications to reduce oil production and promote exfoliation
- Chemical peels to treat acne and diminish acne scars
- Smoothbeam® laser treatment to treat acne by targeting oil glands and to reduce scars
Whether your acne is mild or severe, the team at SkinMD can help restore your complexion and boost your self-confidence. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online.