What is Acne?
Acne is an inflammatory skin condition characterized by skin eruptions around hair follicles. Acne is most common in teenagers, but it can occur at all ages. The condition usually begins at puberty and may continue for many years. Three out of four teenagers have acne to some extent, probably caused by hormonal changes that stimulate the sebaceous (oil producing) skin glands.
Other hormonal changes related to menstrual periods, pregnancy, birth control pills, or stress can also aggravate acne.
Acne is caused when glands within the pores of the skin become plugged, because oil and skin cells accumulate faster than they can exit. The plug causes the hair follicle to bulge (causing whiteheads), and the top of the plug may appear dark (causing blackheads). If the plug causes the wall of the follicle to rupture, the oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria found normally on the surface of the skin can enter the skin and form small infected areas called pustules (also known as pimples). If these infected areas are deep in the skin, they may enlarge to form firm, painful cysts.
Acne commonly appears on the face and shoulders, but may extend to the trunk, arms and legs.
We offer multiple treatments for acne removal along with medical therapy. One is the utilization of a skin-care product, i.e., an acne pad. These pads are convenient and easy to use as they gently exfoliate and assist in the removal of oils and residue of the skin. For more extensive acne, microdermabrasion along with chemical peels are recommended for the patient. These would occur in multiple treatments over a period of time to obtain optimal results. For severe acne our practice would use the Palomar StarLux V or the ThermaCoolTM/Thermage® procedure. Levulan Photodynamic Therapy is our newest procedure designed to improve moderate to severe acne with effective results. It uses a 2-part process that is non-evasive and pain-free. We have been helping patients with acne removal for over 10 years.
More examples of Before and After Pictures of Acne Treatment on our patients are available.
Schedule a consultation at our Chicago or Rockford area office today to learn which acne treatment is right for you.