Many parents worry about their children’s teenage acne, quite possibly as much as the teenagers themselves… if not more!
Teenage acne is often viewed as an inevitable consequence of going through puberty but this is not necessarily true.
What is true however, is that there is no difference of note between teenage outbreaks of acne and any other form of the condition.
Although acne is commonly found in many teens, it often persists well past this stage into adulthood and is something that can trigger a strong reaction or even over-reaction from parents.
Usually it is those parents who themselves suffered from acne in their own teen years who find it hard to view the situation in a balanced manner due to their own negative experiences at that time in their lives.
Without an effective treatment program at this point, acne has the potential to not only scar the face and the other areas of the skin where it is found permanently, but it can also considerably lower the self esteem of those that suffer from it.
Many people (not just teenagers) feel embarrassed by their appearance or may even descend into self-loathing or a complete lack of confidence solely based on the way that they look.
Seeking the help of a doctor is definitely not the only thing that can be done. An examination of even the top medical centers on the subject of teen acne shows a narrow, almost closed viewpoint regarding the subject.
After all, the reality is that if medical science had all the answers then the subject would have been closed long ago… and you probably wouldn’t be reading this!
One key point worth mentioning here is that when we speak of teen acne or teenage acne we are referring to the age of the person suffering from it, not the condition itself.
Acne is simply acne regardless of whether we want to call it adult, back, teenage or whatever.
Given the fact that acne at this age is clearly triggered by hormonal fluctuations there can only be a limited number of things you can do with regards to your skin to stop the outbreaks.
The only way to successfully treat the condition is to attack the root causes of the condition and not the skin itself.
There are however a few actions you can take to minimize the chances of an outbreak, reduce the time taken for it to heal and to prevent it spreading.
The first thing that you need to do is to ensure that a proper cleansing routine of the affected skin is introduced and maintained on a daily basis.
Normal, everyday washing of the face can help, but it is not enough to help treat the condition or stop further outbreaks.
To make the cleansing routine more effective you should should use products that are designed specifically for acne affected skin.
They should contain ingredients that are designed to reduce the existing oil levels as well as fight the presence of bacteria.
Choose products created for the task as they will also have ingredients for soothing the inflamed areas and helping in the repair of damage.
Many of these products may contain peroxide or alcohol which will help to dry out and remove the oils as well as help to kill off the bacteria causing the acne.
Another product that may be incorporated into the daily skin care routine is a gentle exfoliating product that can be purchased over the counter.
These products work away the dead skin cells on the face and deprive the bacteria of both food and shelter and help to remove debris that can contribute to clogging the pores.
Very often you can find a product that combines all three functions in one.
Once a good cleansing routine has been established the next thing to look at is your diet and stress levels.
Whilst your diet has little to do directly with how much oil your body produces, eating in a well balanced manner will allow the body to have the nutrients that it needs to heal and fight off any infections that it may face.
On the other hand a poorly balanced diet that is heavy in sugar, refined carbohydrates and unnecessary fats leaves the body open to infections and can greatly contribute to hormonal imbalances resulting in further outbreaks.
Further to the need for a good diet is the fact that the body needs to be able to deal effectively with the surges in production of testosterone.
If it cannot easily handle these surges then the excess hormone will trigger the cycle of oil production leading to blocked infected pores.
It is no secret that the root cause of acne is hormonal imbalances that trigger the necessary conditions for the it to occur.
Your body will react to both stress and as already mentioned, poor diet, with the overproduction of certain hormones including those that trigger oil production in the skin.
Once that occurs then the bacteria levels present, the dead skin debris and all the other factors mentioned previously take hold and acne occurs.
Although hardly a groundbreaking tip, maintaining a regular exercise routine can not only assist good body function but is also a great stress reliever.
This is particularly applicable to teens but that doesn’t excuse you adults out there either!
For some teenagers just following these principles will be effective but for stubborn, severe or persistent teenage acne treatment the best course of action is to follow a proven program.
It is not true that just because you or the person you are helping is a teenager, that nothing can be done about it.
Acne is not a natural condition and does not have to be something that teens must simply “suffer through.”
Finding a good treatment program that is based on dealing with the causes and not the symptoms is the best thing you can do.
The teenage acne treatment program (or any treatment for that matter) I recommend is the Acne No More program by Mike Walden.