by Cindy English
Acne in teens is very common. It usually appears at the onset of puberty and can be quite distressing for teenagers. When the body begins producing hormones, the tiny oil glands known as sebace…
Acne in teens is very common. It usually appears at the onset of puberty and can be quite distressing for teenagers.
When the body begins producing hormones, the tiny oil glands known as sebaceous glands at the root of the hair follicle become over-active. This excess oil combine with the normal shedding of dead skin cells cause the pores to become clogged. The oil and bacteria trapped within a pore is the beginning of a pimple. It usually takes about two weeks for a pimple to surface which is why you can often ‘feel’ them before you see them.
There are many myths and misconceptions associated with the development of acne in teens – junk food, poor hygiene and even masturbation! Absolutely none of these ideas are true.
You do not ’cause’ acne. Hormone development is a fact of life and there is nothing that you can do about it. However, you can do something about the resulting acne. A good, consistent, skin care program can make a world of difference!
Acne is not caused by lack of cleanliness and excessive washing can exasperate the problem. Gently wash twice a day using warm water, a soft facecloth and a mild, hypoallergenic soap. Never scrub! You may even wish to try one of several very good acne skin care programs on the market designed specifically to control acne.
Most acne in teens responds well to over-the-counter products containing benzoyl peroxide. This ingredient is available in a number of different lotions and creams. The percentage of available benzoyl peroxide varies among brands. Choose a product with the highest concentration possible – usually around ten percent. Always test a dab on an inconspicuous part of your body to see if there is any reaction. Use only what you need to ‘spot treat’ the areas affected. Benzoyl peroxide can cause excessive drying of the skin if you use too much.
Although it is difficult, resist the urge to ‘pop’ pimples. This will only aggravate your acne by spreading the bacteria to other areas. It can also lead to permanent scarring.
It is better not to wear any makeup at all but if you do, choose cosmetics labeled ‘noncomedogenic’. They are specially formulated not to promote acne. Never go to bed without removing your makeup!
There are many options available today for treating and controlling acne in teenagers. If you find that you are having little success with your present skin care routineFree Web Content, visit the Acne Skin Care Guide for help.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cindy English publishes informative articles and product reviews of today’s most popular acne treatments. Visit the Acne Skin Care Guide. It’s the first step to a clearer complexion and greater self-esteem! © Copyright 2006 by Cindy English.