Posts for tag: Acne

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
April 17, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Acne   acne treatments  

Find out the many ways in which we can help you address your acne issues.
As you might have already discovered from your own trial and error, there is no perfect solution for treating acne and unfortunately no acneknown cure.  However, there is good news!  There are many new medications that have been made to clear acne lesions and many procedures to help smooth and soften the skin.  Even though there are many reasons one may develop acne, the dermatologists Dr. Jeffrey Berti and Dr. Toula Berti of South Barrington and Willowbrook are here to diagnose, guide and provide many options for reducing your acne flare-ups, ruddy skin and clogged pores.
While most people associate acne with those formidable teen years, adults into their 20s, 30s, 40s and even 50s can still deal with annoying flare-ups. It’s important to treat acne rather than ignore it, as leaving it untreated could lead to scarring and unsightly discolorations. Plus, reducing your acne symptoms could also greatly improve your self-image. Stop using cover-up, don’t conceal, reveal your healthy blemish free skin.
What acne treatments are available?
Many of us know that there are many different acne-fighting products that can be bought buy over-the-counter.   Very often it can feel rather daunting and embarrassing as store clerks provide advice to sell the products, but do not have a medical background to accurately assess which one is needed.  If you find that the acne products you are using are not providing you the results you want then it’s time to speak with our Willowbrook, IL, skin doctors to discover more effective approaches.
There are a variety of topical acne products that we can prescribe that have prescription strength and combination treatment. Some topical acne medications reduce oil to prevent acne from forming while others target and destroy acne-causing bacteria from the surface of the skin, and some do both.
Those with severe, nodule or cystic acne may require a more systemic evaluation and treatment. In this situation, we provide a complete exam with potential lab screening searching for potential reversible causes or issues.  We may also prescribe oral medications such as antibiotics to target those red, swollen forms of acne and reduce inflammation, or Isotretinoin.
There are also specific dermatological procedures that can help improve inflamed cysts, blackheads and scarring with discoloration. Glycolic, natural fruit acid peels, extractions, microdermabrasion and laser therapies can be useful in not only treating current breakouts, but also preventing future breakouts and improving old scars and marks.

Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd is proud to provide the ultimate acne treatment to both teens and adults in the South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL, areas. If you are dealing with acne that you can’t get under control don’t hesitate to reach out to us for help.

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd.
August 03, 2016
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Acne  

Discover how you could be on your way to clearer skin.

While it’s fair to say that acne happens to everyone at some point in their lives, some people get it much worse than others. Acne is not only uncomfortable and embarrassing, but it can also put quite the damper on your confidence. Fortunately our South Barrington andAcne Willowbrook, IL dermatologists, Drs. Jeffrey and Toula Romas Berti, have helpful tips for how to treat your acne problems.

Know How to Clean Your Skin
Washing your skin is a major part of keeping it free of the bacteria and irritants that can clog pores and cause whiteheads and blackheads. How you wash is just as important as what you use to cleanse your face. Always opt for gentle cleansers and never rub your skin. Rubbing won’t get it cleaner!

At Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, we have a variety of skin care cleansers and products.

Don’t Forget to Exfoliate
This is an often forgotten piece of the skincare puzzle for many, but you don’t want to just leave dead skin cells to buildup on your skin.

Choose an exfoliant wisely, as some contain oils and can aggravate your skin and acne. During a skin care consultation at Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery with either Dr. Jeffrey Berti or Dr. Toula Berti , we will review your products and provide insight as to which products would be best clear your skin.

Look Carefully at Your Products
All products that you use from your daily cleanser to your sunscreen should be oil-free. Look for the word “noncomedogenic” on product labels. This means it won’t clog pores.
Are you still not sure if the products you are using are good enough to prevent acne? Well your South Barrington and Willowbrook skin doctor can help you decide on a skincare line that will target your acne outbreaks and give you clearer skin. Just ask!

Maybe you’ve tried just about every product on the market and you still aren’t getting the relief you need. If so, then it’s time you talked to us about whether acne medication is the best treatment option for you. Here are some of the more popular types of medications that reduce the frequency and severity of acne:

  • Retinoids
  • Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Antibiotics
  • Isotretinoin (for serious acne)
  • Medical Washes

Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd in South Barrington and Willowbrook, IL is here to address all of your skincare needs. Whether acne has you down in the dumps or you just want to consider a cosmetic treatment such as a microdermabrasion and/or a chemical peel, we can help you get a younger and healthier-looking you!

By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd.
January 29, 2015
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Acne  

If you have acne, you've probably heard that you should stop eating chocolate, or that those potato chips you love are causing your breakouts. But the cause of acne is a bit more complicated than that. While it may be difficult to pinpoint exactly what triggers your particular acne flare-ups, there are common causes that you can explore with your dermatologist.


For starters, some people are just blessed with a family history of clear skin, while others are genetically predisposed to breakouts. You can't change your genes, but you can work with your doctor to minimize breakouts and relieve skin irritation. The hormones of puberty, pregnancy, and even menopause are also to blame. In this case sometimes medications such as contraceptives can help regulate hormone production and reduce the breakout cycle.


Everyone's skin, whether it has acne or not, sports a bacteria called p. acnes which, when interacting with sebum on the skin, can cause pimples. By limiting the production of sebum, you limit the chance p. acnes can grow on the skin thereby reducing acne. In this case, topical antibiotics and retinoids can help prescribed by a dermatologist.

Clogged Pores

The kind of sunscreen or makeup you use may also be causing your breakouts. Leaving makeup on the skin overnight can clog pores and certain beauty products can irritate your sensitive skin leading to inflammation. Cell phones and pillow cases also harbor dirt and bacteria that can cause breakouts. Be sure to regularly clean your makeup brushes, phone, and bedding, and also remove makeup before bed each evening.


In some cases, certain foods can cause breakouts when you have a sensitivity or allergy. These can sometimes be very subtle, so subtle that acne may be the only symptom. If you believe something in your diet may be causing breakouts, keep a food journal and take special notice of how your skin reacts 4-5 days after eating a particular food. Eliminating that food may stop or at least reduce the acne flare-ups.


Stress and a lack of sleep can irritate aggravate acne and make it harder for your skin to heal. Underlying health issues such as thyroid problems, metabolic issues, or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) may also be a cause.

There are a myriad of causes and factors in acne breakouts, sometimes even multiple causes at once. That's why it can be hard to identify the root cause of your skin irritation. But the doctors at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery, Ltd. in Hinsdale can help you find out what's bothering your skin and develop a treatment plan to help you achieve the clear and radiant skin you've always wanted.