Acne in Naperville, IL

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 Acne affects approximately 60 million people every year, making it one of the most widespread skin ailments in the U.S. While many cases tend to be mild and can be controlled with medication and a daily at-home cleansing regimen with medical-grade skin care, other patients have a more serious condition that causes scarring. Acne normally is a combination of whiteheads, pimples, blackheads, and little cysts, as well as additional itchy, red, and inflamed areas on the skin. Caused by a mix of dead skin cells, bacteria, and clogged pores, it is most often found in teens and middle-aged adults (hormonal acne) but can affect anyone at any age. Acne most frequently appears on the face, chest, and back.

From the innovative mind of an acclaimed dermatologist, Dr. Jeffrey T. S. Hsu comes to a cutting-edge skin repair concept designed to help improve and manage difficult-to-treat skin conditions like acne - The DRP Method. Dr. Hsu is changing the paradigms of skin care treatments. His unique approach has proven to treat acne on the cellular level, fixing the root cause of the problem. Returning the skin to a healthy, glowing complexion. The Oak Dermatology team, under the direction of Dr. Hsu and Dr. Bhatia, can offer numerous treatment options, ranging from custom at-home daily skin care regimens to prescription drugs and laser treatment. If you suffer from acne or its effects, please contact our Naperville, Itasca, and Joliet, IL location to schedule a consultation with our team.

Research indicates that over-the-counter drugs alone do not treat acne effectively. Oak Dermatology approaches the treatment of acne from a 360-perspective and treats the cause of acne on a cellular level. Under the guidance of Dr. Hsu, with his pioneered approach to skin health restoration, The DRP Method, our team offers a variety of treatment alternatives to control acne and its symptoms. For milder cases of acne, prescription drugs, such as topical solutions and creams that contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, and retinoids, may provide relief. Additionally, oral antibiotics can be helpful solutions. Along with topical and oral prescriptions, laser therapies can help cleanse and attack dead skin cells beneath the top skin layer.

Oak Dermatology's highly specialized team is also excited to offer the TheraClear™ treatment, an FDA-approved acne treatment that combines vacuum suction to remove dirt and oil from the skin and broadband light, which heats the skin to kill bacteria. Treatments are virtually painless and can be performed on the face, back, and chest.

For better precision, we also have Cutera AviClear™, a device approved by the FDA for the treatment of mild, moderate, and severe acne. Our very own Dr. Ashish Bhatia helped pioneer AviClear technology. AviClear is suitable for every skin tone and type, is noninvasive, and has been formulated to be as relaxing as possible. AviClear treatments at Oak Dermatology use laser light energy to treat acne. While other laser devices may tout their capabilities to elimination, AviClear is more effective than the competition because it safely targets and suppresses the sebaceous glands, which produce the oily substance — sebum — that combines with dead skin cells to produce acne. AviClear comes with the AviCool cooling platform, which means you won’t feel the heat from the laser. A typical treatment plan for AviClear at Oak Dermatology includes three 30-minute sessions spaced about a month apart at our Naperville, Itasca, or Joliet, IL locations.

Extractions, chemical peels, and medical-grade skincare and facials may also help, depending on the severity and type of acne you have.

Visit our Acne Scars page to learn about the treatment options that can help diminish acne scarring.

I took my 11 year old daughter to see Stephanie Tracey, PA-C for acne on her face and seborrheic dermatitis on her scalp. I was impressed by how knowledgeable she was and how she explained everything to my daughter so that she would understand, without feeling self-conscious. She was extremely thorough and took her time with us. Her medical assistant was also very kind, pleasant and helpful. I will be recommending Stephanie and Oak Dermatology to family & friends.

M.M. Google

I would like to express my appreciation for the over 10 years of excellent healthcare that I have received from Dr. Hsu. Recently, I experienced cystic acne as a result of a medication that I had been prescribed. Dr. Hsu cleared up the acne but the texture of the skin on my nose and chin was thick and red. Dr. Hsu performed a HALO treatment and my skin looks better then before this episode. I am thrilled with the results. Additionally, Dr. Hsu's staff is amazing. They were consistently supportive and ready to answer all of my questions, even if I asked the same ones more than once. Oak Dermatology offers the best in medical expertise coupled with excellent support staff!

Michelle S Office Visit

worked with Stephanie Tracey and did Theraclear for my daughter's acne and it worked great. In addition she did a great job with my Botox. Great place combines knowledge/skilled service and a wide selection of products

Liz K Office Visit

I 100% recommended Dr. Stephanie Tracey! She is the absolute best. Dr. Tracey makes you feel totally comfortable and helps you understand rather than just giving you information. She had helped my acne so much I feel like a completely different person! I am so thankful to call her my dermatologist

Adriana C Office Visit

Oak Dermatology are the best! Staff was super accommodating and friendly. They took the right amount of time before and during the consultation. The nurse practitioner (Emily) who helped us with an acne issue was very attentive to my sons questions. Emily’s assistant (Esley) was extremely friendly and thorough both before and after the consultation. We had all the info we needed after the visit. Great practice, will definitely be coming here for myself and family.

J.M. Google

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What Are the Symptoms of Acne?

The markers of breakouts can be different according to the severity of the condition. Common indicators consist of the presence:

  • Pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, and cysts on the skin
  • Inflamed and red regions on the skin
  • Painful or itchy skin
  • Scarring in severe cases

Acne also can be harmful to a person's confidence, causing a sense of awkwardness or social anxiety. If you are dealing with any of these issues, you should obtain the advice of our board-certified dermatologists for adequate detection and therapy.

Getting rid of stubborn acne can be a frustrating task, but Oak Dermatology may have the right solution for you to achieve fresh, healthy skin. We encourage you to call us to schedule a consultation now. We will offer a comprehensive skin analysis and make a tailored treatment program to help clear up and freshen your complexion as soon as possible.

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What causes acne?

A common misconception about acne is that it is always associated with poor skin care and/or hygiene. While these can contribute to acne flareups, there are a number of other potential causes of acne, including genetics, hormone changes, and others. Our knowledgeable team will work closely with you to identify and address all of the potential underlying causes of your acne in order to recommend the most appropriate and effective treatment option for you.

How can I treat my acne at home?

There are some at-home tips that may help to reduce your acne symptoms and keep breakouts at bay, including practicing a proper skincare and hygiene routine, minimizing your intake of certain foods, keeping your stress levels low, and others. Still, many cases of acne do not respond to at-home strategies and over-the-counter products and are best treated with professional acne treatments and other solutions. 

Why is acne worse for teenagers?

While acne can affect patients of almost any age, it is particularly common in teens and adolescents due to the dramatic fluctuation in hormones that occurs during puberty. Teen acne can be severe and stubborn in many cases, with professional treatment often being the only successful solution for clearing up adolescent acne. 

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.