Acne is a challenging skin condition for children, adolescents and adults. Chronic acne requires treatments that are clinically tested and approved. Dermatologists of Birmingham offers safe and effective acne treatments for patients of all ages who live in Birmingham, Alabaster and surrounding areas in Alabama.
What is Acne?
Acne affects about 50 million Americans each year in the United States, making it the most common skin condition. Acne is characterized by pimples, pustules, white and black heads on the face and/or upper trunk. While it is widely known for its prevalence in the teenage years, breakouts can happen to anyone at any time. Acne is more common during times of hormone changes, such as puberty, but about 30 percent of the acne cases we treat are in adults. By and large, acne is not cause by hygiene habits or foods we eat, and a strong family history is common.
Benefits of Acne Treatment
Prescription treatments are stronger than over-the-counter options available at your local grocery store or pharmacy. We tailor our treatments to the severity of the condition, the skin type, gender, age and the location on the body to best suit the needs of the patient and to achieve the very best results. Aggressive early treatment can prevent permanent scarring seen with severe acne cysts and nodules. Self-esteem is likely to improve with healthier looking, acne free skin.
How Do I Know If I Have Acne?
Acne is a general term that describes:
- Blackheads and whiteheads
- Pimples (pustules)
The condition is common on the face and upper trunk including chest and back. Comedonal acne includes blackheads and whiteheads that appear as tiny black or white dots. Inflammatory acne includes pustules, cysts and nodules that are tender and may discharge.
What to Expect from Acne Treatment
We recommend and prescribe various oral and topical medications, sometimes in combination. These medications are safe and generally well tolerated though require consistent use for several months to see good results. Oral medications include antibiotics, oral contraceptives or spironolactone in women, and isotretinoin for anyone, especially those with more severe acne. We also may recommend HydraFacial® or DiamondGlow to aid in clearance with your primary treatment.
How Much Does Acne Treatment Cost in Birmingham?
Your medical insurance should cover acne treatment though facials including facials are considered cosmetic services. Our payment options include cash, checks, major credit cards and financing.
Acne is not caused by poor hygiene. Rather, the condition is caused by a complex set of circumstances that are challenging to manage. Dermatologists of Birmingham offers proven, safe acne treatments for children, adolescents and adults. Contact us today to schedule your personal consultation.
*Individual results may vary. The content on this website is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a qualified physician.