Acne Specialist

Dr. Milton Chávez

Family Medicine & Pain & Sports Medicine Specialists located in Wicker Park, Chicago, IL

Every year as many as 50 million Americans are affected by acne. While the skin condition is common, blemishes can affect self-confidence and self-esteem. The experienced family medicine team at Dr. Milton Chávez MD, SC in Wicker Park, Chicago, including Dr. Chávez and Vanessa Flores, FNP, specializes in skin conditions and provides advanced treatment options for acne. To schedule an appointment, call the office or click the online booking button today.

Acne Q & A

What is acne?

Acne is a common skin condition that develops when your hair follicle gets filled with oil and skin cells, resulting in a blemish. The types of blemishes include pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, and pus-filled (sometimes painful) cysts that may develop on your face, back, chest, and shoulders. 

You have many treatment options to help clear up your blemishes. However, it often requires trial and error to find an effective treatment that helps improve the look of your skin. Dr. Chávez specializes in skin conditions and can work one on one with you to create a plan that improves your acne. 

What causes acne?

Acne occurs when your skin starts to produce excess oil that clogs your hair follicle, preventing the follicle from shedding dead skin cells. The dead skin cells get trapped, creating a blemish. If bacteria enter the follicle, the clogged follicle may become infected. 

Your androgen hormones are responsible for the increase in oil production. Androgen levels increase during puberty, which is why acne is so prevalent during the teen years. However, you can develop acne at any age. 

Diet choices, certain types of medication, and stress may worsen your acne. 

How is acne treated?

When it comes to improving the look of your skin and treating your acne, you have many options. If over-the-counter acne treatments fail to give you the clear, smooth skin you’re looking for, Dr. Chávez and his team can develop a treatment plan to help clear up your acne.

Treatment for acne depends on your age, the severity of your condition, and your willingness to commit to the recommended regimen. Dr. Chávez and his team work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and gets you the results you want. The acne treatments work by decreasing oil production, clearing up any infection, or increasing cell turnover.

Your treatment may include topical agents, oral medications, and various therapies such as laser treatments or chemical peels. For painful cyst-like acne, Dr. Chávez may suggest incision and drainage of the abscesses.

For a comprehensive treatment plan to clear up your acne, contact Dr. Milton Chávez MD, SC by phone or online today.