A lasting solution to teenage acne
Teen acne is a very common skin condition that many secondary school students and even some adults experience.
What causes acne? While it might sound technical, you’ll learn WHY you have acne and how we can help you get it under control or get rid of it for good!
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Puberty causes the glands in the skin to produce more oils, causing acne.
Pimples are clogged sebaceous gland ducts (oil glands). Usually, it starts at puberty when certain hormones are released. During hormonal imbalances, the sebaceous glands produce too much oil (sebum). Dead skin cells and bacteria that are normally on our skin’s surface can combine with sebum to form plugs in hair follicles. Plugs like these are called closed comedones (whiteheads) or open comedones (blackheads).
Medications, cosmetics, and genetics can also aggravate teen acne. Whiteheads, blackheads, and cysts on the face can make teenagers feel self-conscious. Acne often appears on the face, neck, chest, back, and shoulders since these areas have a lot of sebaceous glands.
While acne has several different causes, hormones or gut imbalances are usually to blame for the majority of cases.
How to deal with teenage acne as a parent
Mild or severe acne can cause teens to have low self-esteem and to be bullied. A teen’s quality of life can be improved if treatment is found as soon as possible. Parents should sympathize with teenagers and be supportive.
When dealing with sensitive topics such as teen acne, parents should be open-minded and not judgmental. Puberty stimulates sebum production on the skin, which clogs pores. Teen acne strikes at the worst possible time. But parents can make sure their teens know it’s treatable. Using a dermatologist-approved plan and teaching teens about acne can reduce it significantly. For more information on teenage acne, talk to a dermatologist.
Establishing a line of communication can be the first step to creating an effective skincare routine.
It is always possible for parents and teens to visit a dermatologist. Over-the-counter medications can be tried without a prescription first. Our dermatologists offer specialized acne care for a variety of acne types.
Why treat acne?
The most feared complication is acne scarring. The options for treating acne scars have expanded in recent years, as new technology enables treating old scars with minimal downtime.
The myths surrounding acne are just as prevalent as the skin condition itself. One common myth is that you should let acne run its course. Leaving acne to run its course isn’t always the best option.
As acne clears, dark spots and permanent scars can appear.
Acne treatment can boost confidence. A dermatologist-prescribed medication can help when over-the-counter medicines don’t work. If a teenager has severe acne, they should see a dermatologist to prevent infections and scarring. A dermatologist can prescribe topical antibiotics, retinoids to unclog pores and boost antibiotic effectiveness, and retinoids to clean the affected area.
Dermatologists can help parents and teens:
- When they have severe acne.
- When over-the-counter treatment such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or glycolic acid doesn’t help.
- If acne appears after starting a medication.
- If acne scars are developing.
- If acne causes self-esteem issues.
Bradford Skin Clinic Combats Teen Acne
At Bradford Skin Clinic, we care about teens and adults with acne problems. We help everyone get acne-free. Just relax, because acne isn’t your fault and there’s help.
Our product lines contain high concentrations of Dead Sea minerals specifically formulated for acne, as well as treatments designed to battle acne. Plus, we have affordable home care products all designed to fight acne.
We offer laser acne clearance treatments (light & heat energy) as well as clay peels. In addition to laser technology skin treatments, this is the most recent advancement in acne treatment. This method is safer, easier, and more cost-effective because of the lower fluency levels. Check out our Zyderma product page to learn more about An Invisible Barrier to Acne-causing Bacteria.
Read the InBetween Magazine which we are featured in for acne and a ZyDerma™HS distributor.
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