Freestyle Friday: Teen Acne Treatments

Do you know a teen struggling with acne?

The kids are officially back to school! As a mother of three, two of which are teenage boys I am lacing up my shoes for another year. My boys are very athletic with healthy appetites. They also have busy social lives as well as raging hormones so their skin is often a reflection of external and internal stressors.

Teen acne is a skin condition causing bumps on the face, back, and chest. These bumps are commonly referred to as whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, pustules and cysts. The oil glands (sebaceous glands) produce a natural moisturizer which is sebum (oil). In teen acne the oil can clog the hair follicles or pores, which makes the skin tacky or sticky and difficult to naturally shed. The combination of sebum, dead skin cells and bacteria clogs the pore and causes a pimple.

There are a few ways to treat teen acne that include home remedies, over the counter products, mechanical facials and medicinal options through Dermatologists. Here are a few options that a teen can try at home prior to seeing an Esthetician or Dermatologist:

 

You will notice that each line has about three products that should be used in steps. The most important thing to remember in developing a treatment plan for teen acne is to ensure the skin is cleansed twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the evening after all activity has been completed. The process should include a cleanser, a moisturizer, toner, and spot treatment. An exfoliant and mask are also great to include however an exfoliant should not be used daily as it can cause more irritation to the skin. If over the counter products don’t work then absolutely make an appointment to see an Esthetician and if that doesn’t work see a Dermatologist. Assure your teen that there is hope and encourage them not to pick at their skin. There are treatment options and although the results are not always immediate you will find that once the skin gets into a routine it will begin to heal and less breakouts will occur.

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Jalia