Understanding Acne in Teenagers
The majority of teens will suffer from acne at some time or another. Acne in teenagers is very common because of the overload of oil, or sebum, produced during puberty. The good news is there are ways for teens to keep breakouts at bay and even prevent new ones from occurring. The first thing to do is evaluate the severity of the acne to decide on a treatment strategy. There are different types of acne that include blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules and cysts. If the acne is not painful and does not cover the majority of the face an OTC treatment might do the trick.
Many teens get acne either in clusters, especially on the forehead, around the nose and on the chin. Some get random pimples that pop up here and there. Either way, step one is keeping the face clean and sebum production to a minimum. Contrary to popular belief, your diet does not have anything to do with acne. Good habits like washing with a cleanser enriched with benzoyl peroxide and not touching your face can help. Benzoyl peroxide is a key ingredient in many acne fighting products. After cleansing, follow up with an astringent then a treatment cream that also contains benzoyl peroxide.
If after a few months of consistent OTC treatment you do not see a difference, it may be time to consult a dermatologist. Acne in teenagers can be a stubborn problem and sometimes can be so severe that the acne cysts are painful. In cases like this, the dermatologist may recommend an oral medication, a topical treatment or even laser light therapy. This new therapy is painless and uses a special frequency light that helps diminish acne over time. The right treatment all depends on the type of acne and its severity.
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