Say Goodbye to Acne: Alabama’s Top Dermatology Team Tells You How

Acne is a multifactorial skin disease, which is why it can be difficult to treat. It involves mechanical issues (clogged pores), infection (with Propionibacterium acnes), hormonal imbalances, genetics, and inflammation.  

Acne also has a lot of individual variation. Your acne might have different causes and triggers than your brother’s acne or your best friend’s. That’s why what zaps their zits may not zap yours.

Can you outgrow acne?

While acne can occur at any age, it hits hardest in the teens. The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that 85% of teenagers are afflicted with some degree of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and other acne lesions. About 12% of women in their 40s-50s still get breakouts, too, and those numbers are growing.

Though you might not be able to outgrow acne on your own, the good news is that skin expert Evans Bailey, MD, PhD can give you clearer skin in weeks. Even better? Some of the treatments Dr. Bailey offers at the Naaman Clinic in Hoover and Montgomery, Alabama, also erase signs of aging. That’s a double-whammy of relief for adult women who are battling both pimples and wrinkles.

From DIY to professional treatment

Pimples, zits, and blackheads usually first appear when your only income source is your weekly allowance. Your first treatment impulse may be to head to the local drug store. There you can choose from a number of over-the-counter (OTC) remedies to dry up pimples and clear your skin.  

While some OTC products really can work, many don’t do much more than irritate your skin. In fact, some popular DIY acne treatments — like scrubbing your face or popping your pimples — could injure your skin and lead to disfiguring scars.

For mild cases of acne, look for OTC products that have the following ingredients:

If you don’t get the improvement you want, or if your acne is moderate to severe, it’s time to see Dr. Bailey.

The best treatment for you

When you come to the Naaman Clinic for acne treatment, Dr. Bailey looks at more than your pimples. In addition to evaluating your skin and determining the severity of your acne, he may also administer tests to find out if Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) infection or hormonal imbalances are contributing to your condition.  

For adult women with acne, Dr. Bailey also considers the degree of photoaging and other types of damage to your skin that are dulling your complexion. He chooses from a wide variety of evidence-based therapies to clear your lesions, tighten your pores, and improve the overall quality of your skin. He custom-designs combination therapy to address all of your issues.

Prescription medications

If you have moderate to severe acne, Dr. Bailey may prescribe an oral antibiotic to kill off P. acnes. Antibiotics are used in combination with a topical retinoid — which helps your pores shed dead skin — and benzoyl peroxide to dry up your lesions.

Women whose acne is influenced by hormonal imbalances may benefit from an oral contraceptive or spironolactone, which is typically for high blood pressure but can also clear up acne. For cystic acne, isotretinoin is the most effective treatment. Women shouldn’t use these treatments if they’re pregnant or could become pregnant.

Clinical-grade topicals

Dr. Bailey offers stronger, prescription-only versions of OTC powerhouses, such as benzoyl peroxide and retinoids. He usually combines these with antibiotics.

If you have an important date or event coming up, Dr. Bailey can also directly inject your lesions with corticosteroids. The steroids clear up your face within days.

Chemical peels

Peeling the skin with high-strength acids helps unclog your pores so that your lesions resolve.

After the rough, deadened outer layer of your skin’s been removed, you see newer, more vibrant skin. Chemical peels not only improve your acne, but they also smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, even out your skin tone, and minimize the appearance of acne scars.

Laser skin resurfacing

At Naaman Clinic, Dr. Bailey and his friendly team use the Lumenis UltraPulse® CO2 laser and other kinds of light therapies to target acne lesions, reduce pore size, and minimize acne scars.  Laser and light therapies reach far beyond the superficial layers of the skin to stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin.

Stronger, more refreshed collagen and elastin help build up your skin from the inside out so that it’s healthier and more toned. Your acne lesions are lessened, your wrinkles and lines smooth out, and you have more even-looking skin after laser treatment.

Effective acne treatment requires combination therapy that’s custom-designed just for you. To say goodbye to acne, contact Dr. Bailey by calling the knowledgeable Naaman Clinic team or using the online booking form.

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