Cahaba Derm: Acne Treatment Birmingham
Ugh. Most of us have woken up to find that pimple—or worse, patch of pimples—puckering out from our otherwise smooth face. It’s definitely not a fond sight to see first thing in the morning, to be sure. But we’ve all been there sometime: stuck in front of the mirror wishing that zit (or those zits) would recede back or, better yet, magically fall to the floor, leaving nary a trace behind. While treatment isn’t quite that simple, and magical fixes don’t yet exist, proven dermatological treatments can lead to healthier, clearer skin.
Why Do I Have Acne?
Ah, the question that traces the lips of many tweens and teens: why me? Why do I have acne? Oftentimes an abundance in acne can be boiled down to hormonal changes, which typifies the developing teenage years. While puberty is certainly a common cause, acne can strike in almost any season of life.
In essence, acne happens when our skin pores get stopped up with blockages. Oil, dirt, dead skin cells, and bacteria all can clog pores. Clogged pores, due to your body’s autoimmune response, then become breakouts, such as blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, and the ever-dreaded pimples. A variety of influences cause acne to form; poor diet, bacteria, excess oil production, skin aging, and hormonal changes can all figure into its development.
There may be something that you’ve noticed: acne comes, and is caused, by variety. Acne is just not the same for everybody. Some people have skin that’s more sensitive to breakouts and blemishes. Unfortunately, this can set up other skin woes. Repeated acne breakouts can spell trouble for skin down the road, through acne scars. Over time, severe acne can lead to significant acne scarring on the skin’s surface if long-term acne issues go unresolved.
What Kinds of Acne Are There?
Everyone’s acne experience can vary. Before talking about acne treatments, it’s a good idea to grasp the different kinds of acne there are. Milder forms of acne, for instance blackheads, whiteheads, and benign blemishes, can almost always be remedied by cleansers, creams, and rinses. That’s because these products excel at reducing the breakout, paving the way for clearer skin.
From Mild to Severe Acne
Unfortunately, mild acne only scratches the surface of breakouts. On the opposing side of the acne spectrum fall more problematic skin bumps and lumps, including:
Pustules or pimples. These bumps are probably the ones you’re most familiar with. Most of us can spot the signature pink and red base, topped with white or yellow.
Papules. A little smaller than pimples, papules are bead-like bumps that sit under the skin’s surface. They can be red in appearance, sometimes becoming swollen and irritating.
Nodules. Rooted deep under the skin’s surface, nodules are more severe acne lumps. They’re usually hard to the touch and inflamed.
Cysts. Akin to a nodule’s severity, cysts are large, soft lumps that rest deep under the skin. Pain usually accompanies a cyst. Scarring can result if left untreated.
The lesson here is this: different types of acne call for different acne treatments, ratcheting up by degree and severity. Benign blemishes and breakouts can be counteracted by a variety of serums, creams, and cleansers with relative ease. More severe cases of acne require more in-depth methods and higher strength products to address—all under a dermatologist’s guidance, of course.
How Can I Treat My Acne?
Fortunately, acne is a shared, common skin condition that many people face. While types of acne and treatments may differ, a treatment plan can be tailored to suit you. And that should strike you as really good news. Let’s be real—nobody likes a breakout of pimples or blemishes to take over their face and body. It’s not too kind on the eyes, and it can leave your skin worse for wear in the future.
All this to say: acne doesn’t have to be a constant reality. Leaving your skin open to bearing the brunt of acne can lead to something worse than just simple blackheads and pimples—like acne scarring. Comprehensive acne treatment solves this issue before pockmarks and other scarring sets in.
We get it—treating acne doesn’t exactly sound like the most fun thing ever. But you owe it to your skin to seek treatment. And not just in the short term, but for the long run as well. Cahaba Dermatology can assess the root of your acne and skin issues, pinpointing remedies that will prove successful. Ignoring or neglecting your skin is not the solution. Even once acne clears, acne scars can replace it if proper skin care is not embraced.
The Solution for Your Skin
So, what is the solution? How can you treat your acne, boost your confidence, and clear your skin? Rely on the skin care professionals at Cahaba Dermatology. We offer a wide range of ways when it comes to treating acne, whether yours is reasonably mild or more severe. For acne treatment you can count on, turn to a dermatologist you can trust: Cahaba Dermatology. Our skin care specialists know that acne is treatable, especially with the right strategy equipped to suit each person’s unique skin. Contact us to take the first step to clearer skin you can feel confident in.