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Posts for tag: Acne

By D&A Dermatology
December 16, 2014
Category: Skin care
Tags: Acne  
Acne Treatment ImageWhile acne usually appears during puberty, adults into their 50s can even develop acne. Acne is one of the most common skin problems, affecting 40 to 50 million Americans. Furthermore, the American Academy of Dermatology also reports that almost 85 percent of all people will experience acne at some point. If you’re dealing with acne then you are most likely looking for ways to get clearer skin. Follow these helpful tips from your Chicago loop dermatologist to promote healthier, acne-free skin:

1. Avoid overwashing

At the first sign of a pimple, you might feel the need to scrub your face as clean as possible. However, overwashing can strip skin of the essential oils it needs, which can make acne worse. Plus, acne washes contain strong chemicals, which can dry out skin. Try this approach instead: wash acne twice a day with only a mild face wash and lukewarm water. This will help reduce irritation

2. Opt for oil-free products

Oil-free cleansers won’t cause acne or clog pores, so they are the best choice for anyone, but particularly those prone to acne. When you go shopping for acne products, look for words like “oil-free” or “noncomedogenic”.

3. Limit sun exposure

The sun’s rays can dry out skin and aggravate acne. Not to mention sunbathing can cause wrinkles and even skin cancer. And if you are using prescription acne medications, you’ll most certainly want to avoid the sun (as your medication may already recommend), as it can make you more sensitive to UV rays.

4. Don’t pick or touch your face

When you notice a pimple your first inclination might be to pop or squeeze it; however, think twice before touching your skin. Our fingers and hands carry a lot of germs, which only get transferred to the skin. Plus, popping that pesky pimple could only push bacteria further into the skin, causing infection and scarring. Talk to your Chicago dermatologist about extractions.

5. Know your treatment options

If you aren’t happy with how your acne is responding to over-the-counter treatments, your dermatologist has a variety of different options from effective cleansers to hormonal treatments to extractions and antibiotics. We can get you on the road to clearer skin.
We would also be happy to sit down with you and create a unique treatment plan for clearing up your acne. Call us today to schedule your next dermatologist appointment.
November 27, 2013
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Acne   Chicago Loop  
acne chicago loop ILMillions of people are affected by acne—both teens and adults alike.  This common, but frustrating condition can cause social anxiety and a lack of self-esteem, especially when treatments fail time and time again. If you suffer from acne in the Chicago Loop, our dermatologist, Dr. Toral Patel, is available to help create a proper skin care regimen to help.

Patients in the Chicago Loop, What Causes Acne?

To help you better understand acne, Dr. Toral Patel offers a closer look at what acne is.  Acne develops when the skin’s follicles are blocked with an overproduction of oil by the oil glands of the skin.  The excess oil creates an environment for bacterial overgrowth, which leads to inflammation and lesions on the surface of the skin in the form of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and sometimes in deeper skin lesions called cysts.  Severe acne can cover the face, neck, chest and back.

Preventing and Treating Acne in the Chicago Loop at D&A Dermatology

There are a myriad of face washes and products sold for the treatment of acne—many without any proven effects. That’s why visiting D&A Dermatology is the best way to find an acne treatment in Chicago’s Loop that will be the most appropriate and most effective for your acne.
There are many simple ways to prevent and control mild cases of acne from home, including:
  • Wash your face gently with warm water and soap each day
  • Avoid excess washing and harsh scrubbing as this will only irritate your acne and lead to dry skin
  • Avoid touching your face as the oils from your hands can clog your pores
  • Do not pop or pick at acne lesions; it will only aggravate your skin more
  • Remove makeup before bed and avoid wearing heavy makeup
Remember, acne can’t be cured over night as it takes time for acne to heal. For severe cases of acne or when self-care techniques aren’t effective, visit Dr. Patel in Chicago’s Loop for acne care.

When to Visit Our Office in Chicago’s Loop for Acne Care

Waiting for acne to disappear on its own can be aggravating, lead to permanent scarring, and even cause severe depression.  In fact, severe cases of acne may only get worse and lead to additional skin damage.  Advanced acne treatments from our office in Chicago’s Loop can help heal existing acne, stop new lesions from forming, prevent scarring and minimize the embarrassment and emotional stress caused by this condition.
The severity of acne and the extent of treatment will vary for each patient. If you are one of the million’s of Americans that suffer from this skin condition, don’t put off treatment. Visit D&A Dermatology in Chicago’s Loop for professional acne treatment and care for blemish-free skin.