Posts for tag: Acne
Find out the best way to manage your acne symptoms and how a dermatologist can help.
If you’ve been struggling to get your acne under control, you may be feeling rather defeated by the whole process. You’ve likely tried a variety of over-the-counter medications but nothing seems to help! Well, don't fret—our Chicago, IL, dermatologist, Dr. Elizabeth Fahrenbach, is here to help you find out what might be to blame for your acne! Read on to learn more about this skin condition and when it's the right time to visit our office for treatment.
What causes acne?
There are four main factors that can contribute to the formation of acne:
- Clogged hair follicles (due to oil or dead skin cells)
- Excess hormone activity
- Excess oil production
Acne can appear anyone on the body but it most commonly appears on the face, chest, back, or shoulders where oil glands are present.
What are the different types of acne?
Acne can rear its ugly head in many forms and severities. Common types of acne include,
- Whiteheads (the result of clogged pores)
- Blackheads (the result of clogged pores)
- Papules (red bump)
- Pustules (simply referred to as pimples)
- Painful nodules
- Painful cystic lesions
When should I see a dermatologist?
If you have tried a variety of acne treatments and feel like your symptoms aren’t improving, then it’s time to talk to our Chicago skin doctor to find a more effective treatment method. You should also schedule an evaluation if your acne is severe, painful, or affecting your quality of life in general.
How can a dermatologist help me?
First and foremost, we need to figure out what is causing your acne. As we've established, there are four main factors in acne presence, and determining what’s causing your symptoms will help create a more effective treatment plan. For example, those who are dealing with hormone-related acne often respond well to taking certain oral contraceptives/birth control pills that are FDA-approved to treat hormonal acne. Conversely, those dealing with whiteheads and blackheads due to clogged pores may respond well to regular facials to exfoliate the skin/remove dead skin cells, laser treatments to kill acne bacteria, or chemical peels.
We are happy to sit down with you at any time to determine the best course of action for managing your acne!
Give us a call!
If you feel like you are losing the battle against your acne symptoms, then it’s time to turn to the skincare experts at North Branch Dermatology. Call our Chicago office at (773) 763-6000 today!
Fight acne breakouts with these insider tips.
During your teen years, you may have experienced inconvenient acne breakouts on your face. You may still find that acne - an inflammation of the sebaceous glands under the skin - is a problem even as an adult. Knowing how to treat and prevent acne from returning are important skills to have, and Dr. Elizabeth Fahrenbach, a dermatologist at North Branch Dermatology in Chicago, Illinois, has the experience and training to pass the best tips on to her patients.
Cleansing is crucial
Make washing your face twice daily a habit, whether or not you're prone to acne. This routine clears impurities, dead skin cells, and excess oil away from your sensitive facial skin. All you need is warm water and a gentle facial cleanser. Apply a dime-sized amount of cleanser using your hands and rinse it with water the same way. Scouring your face with coarse cloths isn't more effective, according to Dr. Fahrenbach. When the cleanser is fully rinsed away, simply pat - don't scrub - your face with a clean, soft towel to dry it.
Even your hair care products can lead to acne if you're prone to breakouts. For this reason, you should avoid hair products like oils, pomades, and gels. They can clog the pores and cause acne to develop around your hairline. Washing your hair often is also recommended - if you have oil on your hair, it can easily transfer to your skin.
This is perhaps the most important tip to remember: don't pick at pimples in an attempt to remove them. It likely won't make them look any better and can add more oil and bacteria to the area. In some cases, this practice can cause permanent scarring.
Our dermatology practice in Chicago can help you treat and prevent unsightly and uncomfortable acne. Call North Branch Dermatology today to begin your journey to more beautiful skin!