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Get control of teenage acne

Get Control of Teenage Acne

August 23, 2018

During puberty, excess oil is produced and hormones are rapidly changing, which is the reason why teenage acne is so common. Pores can become blocked, accumulate bacteria, and cause breakouts. In most cases, acne blemishes occur on the face, neck, back, and shoulders. But mild to moderate breakouts can usually be controlled by following these dermatologist recommendations:

  • Gently wash your face with a mild cleanser and warm water twice a day. Don’t scrub the skin.
  • Avoid abrasive products. Even if they’re meant for acne, exfoliators and other harsh products can actually make acne worse.
  • Use an over-the-counter spot treatment on pimples that contains benzoyl peroxide, sodium sulfacetamide, salicylic acid, sulfur, or resorcinol. Don’t apply these products to the entire face.
  • Resist the urge to “pop” pimples since this can make acne worse and lead to scarring.
  • Eat a healthy diet with less fat and sugar and more fruits and vegetables. Even though the old adage of “chocolate causes acne” hasn’t been proven, a healthy diet has been shown to help clear up skin.

Though acne doesn’t present a serious health risk, severe acne can result in permanent scarring. Left untreated, the effects of teenage acne can be more than skin deep. Acne can also have psychological consequences, such as causing a poor self-image and social anxiety.

If over-the-counter cleansers and treatments don’t help, make an appointment with one of our board-certified dermatologists who will recommend an appropriate treatment or skin regimen for more severe acne.

Headshot of Anita Mehta, MD, FAAD, dermatologist at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic.

About the Author

Dr. Anita Mehta is the Chief of Dermatology at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. Her clinical interests include skin cancer, psoriasis, acne, and eczema. She cares for patients at Kelsey-Seybold’s Berthelsen Main Campus.

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