Schaberg Dermatology's 
Acne Center

Learn about acne

Learn about what causes acne, as well the role of skincare in acne prevention and common pitfalls

Prescription Treatments

Learn the basics of acne medication treatments

Procedure Treatments

Acne can be treated without prescription medications!

Learn about what procedures we offer for treating acne

Get ready for your first visit

Let's put together all that you've learned about acne and its treatments, and set you up for success for your first visit


The understanding of acne is changing. Inflammatory acne is now thought of as a reaction to the acne bacteria, a normal component of our skin.

Comedonal acne (blackheads) is believed to be influenced by the keratinization process of the skin. Hormones play a role, especially in adult female acne.

Simply stated, acne is a multifactorial inflammatory disorder of the pilosebaceous unit. Total clearance of all lesions is difficult, if not impossible, in adolescent skin. Dry skin in conjunction with acne is also difficult to treat, as most acne medications are drying. We aim to improve skin health and eliminate acne lesions as best we can. 

Procedure Treatments


  • Benzoyl peroxide/clindamycin combos
  • Aczone (dapsone)
  • Finacea
  • Winlevi
  • Retinoids
  • Sulfa washes

Retinoids are applied all over the acne-involved areas, utilizing pea-sized amounts. We recommend you start slowly to allow your face to become accustomed to them. When starting treatment, a retinoid is applied every third night for a few weeks, then every other night, then every night if possible. You may still experience dryness, redness, and burning. This is called retinization. Use moisturizer after the retinoid to relieve symptoms.


  • Doxycycline - antibiotic with anti-inflammatory effects
  • Spironolactone - anti-androgen for female acne

Acne is tough

Let's get your acne controlled together

Non-Prescriptive Options or Adjuncts to Prescriptions

Procedure Treatments

Getting Acne Controlled

$200 - Phototherapy series for mild-moderate acne - Learn More
$400 - Theraclear - Learn More
$50 - Microdermabrasion - Learn More 
Varies - Chemical peel - Learn More
$50 - Clinical extractions - Learn More

Scarring and Redness

$50 - Microdermabrasion - Learn More 
Varies - Chemical peel - Learn More
$250+ - Microneedling - Learn More
$400-600 - Pixel resurfacing laser - Learn More
$250-475 - Secret RF - Learn More

Enlarged Pores

$400 - Theraclear - Learn More
$250+ - Microneedling - Learn More
$400-600 - Pixel resurfacing laser - Learn More
$250-475 - Secret RF - Learn More

Bundled Pricing

$240 - Microderm series

6 treatments spaced 3-4 weeks apart

$330 - Chemical Peel series

6 treatments spaced 3-4 weeks apart

$300 - Microderm + Peel special

3 microderms + 3 peels

Spaced 3-4 weeks apart

$325 - Microderm + Peel + Theraclear special

2 microderms + 2 peels + 2 Theraclear

Spaced 3-4 weeks apart

$365 - Phototherapy & Theraclear special

8-series phototherapy + 3 Theraclear

Spaced 1 month apart


Our acne clients range throughout all ages. Anyone suffering from acne can benefit from acne procedures. In order to treat minors, we need an adult present during all procedures and a legal guardian to give consent for each procedure.

Pricing is subject to change

Procedure Treatments

There are a few things we recommend having ready before your first visit with us.

Have a list of prescription medications you've previously tried. Please includes names and strengths, any issues with the medications (i.e. irritation), and be able to estimate approximately how long each treatment was used.

Be realistic about your goals. Acne control is a gradual process that takes consistency and patience. The most common treatments require daily adherence. Additionally, sensitive skin can be a challenge, often prolonging the time until acne is controlled.

Make sure your skincare routine is up to par. For acne, we recommend gentle facial cleansers such as Cerave or Cetaphil to prevent dryness and irritation, especially when using prescription topical treatments. Moisturizing is great as part of a skincare routine but the wrong moisturizer can sometimes contribute to acne. Ensure that your moisturizer says "non-comedogenic" on the box, which means the product will not block pores and contribute to acne. Makeup is another common pore blocker, so make sure your product is non-comedogenic, as well. Mineral makeup is a good option. Although sun exposure can sometimes help acne, it can also contribute heavily to aging skin. Additionally, many commonly prescribed acne products have an increased risk of sun sensitivity. Therefore, we recommend daily application of a 50 SPF non-comedogenic sunscreen; physically-blocking sunscreen is preferred.

Lastly, we recommend being knowledgable about your acne. We're going to be asking you a lot of questions and having the answers ahead of time will make your first visit go smoothly.

Common questions: 

  • Where on your body do you break out?
  • Are your outbreaks regular or intermittent? Common triggers (i.e. sports)?
  • What type of face wash, moisturizer, and makeup do you use?
  • (Female) Do your outbreaks correlate with your menstrual cycles?


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Contact Info

  • 4949 Autumn Oaks Drive
  • Suite B
  • Maryville, IL 62062

  • 1801 State Street
  • Alton, IL 62062
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