Acne

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Mohs Surgery & Dermatology Center

Dermatologists & Mohs Surgery located in Elgin, Huntley & Crystal Lake, IL

As one of the most common skin conditions, acne isn’t just a teenage frustration; it affects people of all ages. If you’re suffering from painful or embarrassing acne, the team of skin experts at Mohs Surgery & Dermatology Center are committed to creating a holistic treatment plan that works for you. To schedule your skin consultation, book an appointment online or call one of their three offices in Elgin, Huntley, and Crystal Lake, Illinois.

Acne Q & A

What is Acne?

Around 50 million Americans suffer from acne each year, making it the most common skin condition in the United States. And it can affect anyone, regardless of gender, age, or race.

Acne develops when hair follicles become clogged with oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells. When these elements build up in the follicles, it can create white, brown, black, or reddened bumps. These can vary in size and severity, and they can appear as a mild “blackhead” or advance to a large cyst.

What Causes Acne?

There is a lot of confusion as to what causes acne. Contrary to what many believe, greasy foods, bad hygiene, or wearing makeup aren’t usually the reasons behind an acne outbreak. In reality, the main factors that contribute to the formation of acne are:

  • Excessive oil production
  • Clogged hair follicles
  • Increased bacteria
  • Overactive hormone production


Other significant factors that may contribute to an increased intensity of symptoms include hormone fluctuations, diet, and oil-based skin products.

Because hormones play a big part in the production of oils on the skin, acne can be a bigger issue during puberty and at different points in a woman’s reproductive cycle. If untreated, acne can cause unsightly scarring and skin discoloration

What Treatments are Available for Acne?

The experts at Mohs Surgery & Dermatology Center are committed to helping you manage the symptoms associated with acne. Initially, your dermatologist encourages you to practice healthy habits that benefit your skin, such as:

  • Avoiding oil-based skin products
  • Protecting your skin  from sun exposure
  • Only washing your face twice a day
  • Washing your hands frequently
  • Not touching your face or problem areas


You should also avoid popping your pimples, as this can exacerbate the condition.

When your acne is severe and requires medical intervention, your dermatologist may suggest medications that help balance hormones, decrease oil production, and kill acne-causing bacteria. If more advanced treatment is needed, chemical peels may be beneficial.

If your acne has already caused scarring or discoloration, Mohs Surgery & Dermatology Center offers advanced services to help diminish these long-term effects, including light and thermal therapy, which use light and heat to help resurface your skin and improve its overall appearance.

For a skin consultation, call Mohs Surgery & Dermatology Center or book an appointment online today.