Acne services offered in Harbor, OR

Acne is one of the most common skin problems, affecting up to 50 million Americans annually. At Brookings Diseases of the Skin and Esthetics in Harbor, Oregon, experienced dermatologist Richard Schultz, MD, and the team take a patient-centered approach to acne management. Chemical peels, facials, and prescription medication can provide relief and transform your skin. Call Brookings Diseases of the Skin and Esthetics today to request an acne consultation or make your appointment online. 

Acne Q & A

What is the main cause of acne?

Acne occurs when hair follicles (pores) become filled with excess oil and/or dead skin cells. It can occur anywhere on your body, but is most common on the face, upper back, chest, and shoulders. 

What are the symptoms of acne?

Symptoms of acne include:

  • Pus-filled lumps under your skin (cystic acne)
  • Large painful lumps beneath your skin (nodules)
  • Pimples (pustules)
  • Small red bumps (papules)
  • Whiteheads and blackheads (comedones)

You may also develop acne scars if you have severe acne or pick at your skin.

Why does acne form?

Several things contribute to acne formation, including bacterial overgrowth, overactive oil glands, and abnormally functioning hair follicles. Often, these underlying issues are exacerbated by specific triggers, such as emotional stress, poor diet, or hormone fluctuations.

Acne tends to affect tweens and teens, but it occurs in people of all ages. If you have acne and it doesn’t improve with at-home or over-the-counter treatments, don’t wait to seek professional help.

How is acne diagnosed?

Dr. Schultz reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms and lifestyle. He then examines your face, chest, neck, and back looking for pimples, pustules, whiteheads, blackheads, or cysts. 

Let Dr. Schultz know if you use any over-the-counter products to manage acne at home. In addition, alert him to any medications, supplements, or vitamins you take.

How is acne treated?

At Brookings Diseases of the Skin and Esthetics, Dr. Schultz and the team offer several types of acne treatment. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, they may recommend:


A facial is an outpatient procedure that cleans and exfoliates your skin. During treatment, your provider unclogs your pores and applies a nourishing, medical-grade serum to your skin. The serum helps hydrate your skin and provides an extra line of defense against acne. The team offers various facials that can be customized to your personal needs.

Chemical peels

A chemical peel is an outpatient procedure that improves the appearance and texture of your skin. During treatment, Dr. Schultz applies a chemical solution to your skin, causing old, damaged tissue to peel away. Treatment reduces acne scars and encourages the production of new, healthy skin.

If you have acne, call Brookings Diseases of the Skin and Esthetics to schedule a consultation. You can also request an appointment online, which is fast and easy.