Acne Specialist

David B. Shanker, MD -  - Dermatologist

David B. Shanker, MD

Dermatologist located in The Loop, Chicago, IL

Acne is the most common skin problem for Americans today, and there’s no doubt that it can be frustrating. To get the best acne solutions, you need the best medical dermatologist in Chicago. With more than 30 years of experience and a friendly and compassionate attitude, David B. Shanker, MD, is at his office in The Loop to help you overcome acne at last. Book your appointment using the online scheduler or by calling the office today.

Acne Q & A

What are the different forms of acne?

Acne typically happens when old skin cells and oils build up in hair follicles, or when you have hormone changes. Acne can take many different forms, including:

  • Closed comedones, also called whiteheads
  • Open comedones, also called blackheads
  • Papules, big red bumps that can become pustules
  • Pustules, big pus-filled bumps
  • Nodules, hard bumps in the lower layers of your skin
  • Cysts, the biggest acne bumps

Acne often causes acne scars, particularly if you don't get treatment to get it under control.

What is the treatment for acne?

Acne treatment varies considerably from individual to individual, and Dr. Shanker customizes your treatment for your specific acne issues. Some of the many possible treatments include the following:

Topical treatments

Topical treatments can include creams, gels, lotions, or liquid solutions. These types of treatments can kill acne bacteria, reduce oil, or peel off the uppermost layer of skin. Topical treatments often contain active ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and sulfur.

Oral medications

Antibiotics are one of several oral medication options to treat acne. Antibiotics like tetracycline or minocycline can kill the acne bacteria, but they're generally not intended for long-term use.

Drugs like Accutane® (isotretinoin), which are made specifically for acne, can be very effective for severe acne. Although you can't take Accutane® for an extended period, its benefits can last for long after you've stopped taking the medication.

For women, oral contraceptives may help prevent acne breakouts.

Individual extractions

If you have large painful acne cysts that don't respond to other treatments, Dr. Shanker may do individual extractions. During extractions, Dr. Shanker drains the cyst and often injects medication to speed the healing process.

Dr. Shanker may also recommend other treatment options, based on your specific acne issues.

How can I prevent acne in the future?

Dr. Shanker makes personalized recommendations to help each patient avoid acne breakouts in the future. He may make suggestions such as:

  • Use a gentle cleanser 1-2 times daily
  • Don't scrub or pick at your skin
  • Don't pop pimples or drain cysts on your own
  • Keep your hair clean and off your face
  • Use oil-free products on your face
  • Avoid alcohol astringents
  • Avoid touching your face

With Dr. Shanker's help, you can finally enjoy clear skin. Book your appointment with David B. Shanker, MD, through the online appointment maker or by phone now.