If you’re a teen, then it’s likely that you’ve had acne at some point. Not only can acne be uncomfortable, but it can also be a bit embarrassing. If you’ve been struggling, know that you aren’t alone. In fact, 8 out of 10 teens have acne. Even though your friends likely struggle with acne, too, it’s still probably something you want to get a handle on right now when school is out. It’s the perfect time to get your skin prepped and ready for the new school year ahead.
And if you’re a parent with a child that is currently experiencing acne, read on for tips on how to help them overcome it.
What Causes Teen Acne?
It helps to know why you get acne, so you can also learn how to treat it. Your skin is made of thousands of little pores, and each of those pores contains oil glands. When you hit puberty, you have an increase in a hormone called androgens. The excess of this hormone causes your glands to produce too much oil and your pores to become enlarged. This is the perfect recipe for acne breakouts.
What Can You Do About It?
While teen acne is incredibly common, there are some things you can do to help your skin out. Here are some quick tips for what you should do to help avoid or treat acne.
Choose a Mild Cleanser
It’s important to choose a mild cleanser because even though you’ll need to wash your face daily, you definitely don’t want to dry it out. Avoid scrubbing with a cloth or exfoliating brush, and instead, gently wash your face with your fingertips. You want to avoid irritating your skin. We recommend West Dermatology Acne Clearing Cleansing Gel.
Don’t Rely On Over the Counter Medications
Over-the-counter acne medication can work for some people, but if you have a severe breakout, you’re going to need professional help. The severity of your acne will determine which types of treatment are best for you, and you may need a prescription-strength medication.
Don’t Skip Moisturizing
It may feel counterproductive to apply moisturizer to a face with breakouts. However, you should never skip moisturizing as your skin needs it for hydration and repair. In fact, some people break out because their skin is not properly hydrated, so make sure that you choose a moisturizer that is oil-free and non-comedogenic. These terms simply mean that the moisturizer won’t create whiteheads or blackheads that clog your pores. We recommend SkinMedica Ultra Sheet Moisturizer.
Wash Off Your Makeup
Never, ever sleep in your makeup. Doing so will only clog your pores and irritate your skin. Make an effort to go to bed with a clean face every night.
Be Mindful of Your Hair Products
Sometimes people don’t realize that their hair products can also cause an oil buildup on their skin. If you use oily hair products that touch your face, then it is likely that your pores will clog. Choose products that are oil-free, especially those that may come in contact with your skin.
Creating a quality skincare routine that protects you from breakouts is an excellent way to avoid breakouts as much as possible! If you have any questions, would like to schedule an appointment for yourself or for your teen, contact us today for an appointment with one of our board-certified dermatologists.