Getting pimples every once in a while isn’t a big deal as they often go away on their own within a few days. If your acne becomes an ongoing issue in your life, it’s time to book an appointment for professional acne treatment at Clear Skin Dermatology in St. Charles, Oak Park, and Sycamore, Illinois. The team prescribes oral and topical medications to calm and clear your skin. Book your appointment by phone or request an appointment online today for acne care at your nearest Clear Skin Dermatology location.

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What is acne?

Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, so you’ve likely had a breakout or two at some point in your life. The condition often stems from an overproduction of oil in your skin. 

At the base of each of your hair follicles is an oil gland. Under normal conditions, the oil glands produce a moderate amount of oil to push dead skin cells and bacteria to the surface and keep your skin lubricated. 

If you get acne, the oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells clog your pores. This causes pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, and cysts.

Thanks to trapped bacteria, your acne can become tender and inflamed. No matter how aggravated it gets, you should try your best not to pick at your pimples or pop them, as this can leave you with permanent acne scars.

When does acne need professional treatment?

Before you seek professional care for your acne, you can first try to take care of it at home. There are many over-the-counter products that can help clear your breakout in a matter of days or weeks. It is helpful to keep your hair out of your face, avoid touching your face, and reduce the carbs in your diet.

If acne persists despite your home skin care and other approaches, you should book an appointment for an evaluation and professional treatment at Clear Skin Dermatology.

You might find it especially important to get professional acne treatment if your persistent or severe acne impacts your self-esteem and confidence.

Which treatments are available for acne?

Clear Skin Dermatology offers several professional treatment options for serious or recurring acne.

If your skin struggles to stay clear and you get breakouts often, contact Clear Skin Dermatology. Our team of experts asks about your skin and examines it during your appointment. Then, they recommend products appropriate for your skin type and the severity of your acne. 

Your acne treatment plan is personalized according to your needs and preferences. It might include:

Topical medications

Topical medications are medicated products that you apply directly to your acne-prone skin. Your provider might recommend or prescribe an antimicrobial medication, a retinoid, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or another topical product for your treatment.

Oral medications

Oral medications usually come in pill form. For acne, your provider might recommend or prescribe antibiotics, contraceptives, or other oral medications to manage your acne.


If all other approaches fail to treat your acne, your provider might prescribe Accutane. Accutane is a vitamin A derivative that reduces your skin’s oil production to treat severe and cystic acne.

If it seems that clearing your skin of acne is impossible on your own, call Clear Skin Dermatology or book an appointment online today.