Find out About Acne Diagnosis and Treatment Options

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Most humans experience mild to severe forms of acne at some point in their lives. However, if left untreated, acne can cause severe skin issues, not to mention hurt your self-esteem and confidence. That is why you need a knowledgeable dermatologist for acne, and here at Dermatology Specialists of Illinois, Dr. Vik Khanna and his team have years of experience combating this affliction.

Diagnosing Acne

Acne is often an inflammation of skin cells that form those dreaded "whiteheads" or “zits”; however, they are usually not infectious. But there are forms such as propionibacterium acne that contain infectious bacteria. Symptoms such as redness and swelling are often present when acne is infected with bacteria.

Dr. Vik Khanna and his team will use a scale to grade your acne from one (mild) to seven (severe) while considering which kind of acne you have and how it presents on your skin.

Acne Treatments

Different types of acne will require different approaches for treatments to work for all cases. Over-the-counter products that contain salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can be helpful tools in helping combat some types of acne. However, if these treatments work, they usually can take four to eight weeks before you notice any improvement.

However, likely, you will not know which type of acne you have, which can cost you hundreds spent on ineffective over-the-counter medications.

Dr. Khanna and his team offer a variety of treatments, such as topical and oral, designed to reduce inflammation and eliminate infections.

Topical Treatments

The most usual form of treatment is topical treatments that you apply directly to your skin. Dr. Khanna may prescribe an ointment to kill off bacteria building up on your skin while reducing pore-clogging oils. These ointments are prescribed on a case-by-case basis and can contain a retinoid, anti-inflammatory, an antibiotic, or prescription-strength benzoyl peroxide.

Oral Treatments

In cases involving swollen or red nodules and cysts, Dr. Khanna and his team may recommend oral treatments. These are antibiotics that not only destroy the bacteria but also reduce acne inflammation.

You may need a combination of topical ointments and oral antibiotic treatments to combat specific cases of acne. In extreme cases, Dr. Khanna may prescribe isotretinoin (known commonly as Accutane), a drug with a track record of providing outstanding results.


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Acne Light Therapy

Acne light therapy is another popular option used to address acne breakouts. The light has an antimicrobial effect and helps kill the bacteria that collects in the pores and oil glands.

This treatment has proved to be effective and safe with no side effects.

Face the World with Confidence

There's no need to suffer from acne anymore. Restore your skin by calling Dermatology Specialists of Illinois and making an appointment to see Dr. Khanna and his team today. Our number is (844) 307-7546, and we are located at 2430 Esplanade Drive, Suite B, Algonquin, Illinois.

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