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Acne Care And Management
Dr. Michele Burgess, MD - Chicago



Acne is a problem most people encounter at some point in their lives. It is commonly seen in teens, but can be encountered at any age. Influencing factors may include diet, stress, hormones, or genetics. Frustratingly, beauty products can themselves be the underlying cause of sudden outbreaks. Dr. Burgess offers personalized acne care and management, working with patients to review the possible factors behind their acne (including a comprehensive review of products), in order to develop a customized treatment plan. She’ll also help you determine the best possible skin care regimen, beyond any prescription.

Common Questions about Acne Care and Management

Where is acne normally found?

Acne commonly appears on the face, chest, upper back. These are all areas with increased sebaceous glands.

What’s the difference between acne and pimples?

Pimples are a form of acne, so there is technically no difference between them. Acne can be a red bump, a blackhead, or a whitehead. Typically, it appears to the T-zone, or the more oily forehead, nose, and chin.

Acne can manifest in a few different ways. Inflammatory acne, or the random appearance of red bumps, blackheads, and whiteheads, tends to be the most common. Cystic acne can be scarring and more serious, so it’s important that it’s treated early on. Hormonal-onset acne can occur in women in their twenties or thirties who may have never had acne before.

Which types of acne treatment do you offer?

I always try to put people on the simplest and safest treatment. First, we’ll review a patient’s beauty products to confirm they’re not the source of the inflammation. We'll sometimes use topical medications including creams or washes. We also treat with oral medications including natural supplements an antibiotics. For patients with severe or recalcitrant acne that’s resistant to treatment, we offer Accutane, a vitamin A-derived medication.

Do you offer acne scar treatment?

We offer treatment for discoloration or hyperpigmentation involved with acne. These treatments can consist of topical medications or chemical peels. We also offer peels that help with deeper acne scarring. We’ll develop a plan for a safe and effective series of treatments that’s suited to the severity of each patient’s condition.

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