Youth Acne

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One of the most common skin condition concerns dermatologist experience is youth acne. It can be the source of much frustration and embarrassment for young adults. With the right information and tools, acne can be managed and controlled effectively promoting better self esteem.

Hormonal changes, genetic and the buildup of bacteria and oily skin can cause teen acne. The body produces more oil during puberty which clog pores that lead to pimples and blackheads to form.

High Valley Dermatology will provide some tips and treatments to help keep the skin irritation down. Your skin contains sebaceous glands, or oil glands, that lubricate your skin and hair follicles. As the body grows and develops through puberty, hormones stimulate these glands and produce more sebum or oil. When your skin pores become clogged, there is too much sebum and too many dead skin cells. When this happens, bacteria become trapped inside the pores causing the acne to spread to other skin pores. This can turn irritated skin and a few pimples into a severe acne breakout.

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Managing Youth Acne

Managing teen acne should start by establishing a good skincare routine. Cleansing the skin twice a day with a mild, oil-free cleanser. This will help cleanse the clogged pores that trigger acne. Avoid using scrubs and harsh soaps, these can irritate the skin cells and worsen acne. Use an oil-free, light moisturizer after washing to keep the skin hydrated.

There are over the counter acne treatments that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. These ingredients may help to reduce inflammation and unclog pores that lead to clearer skin. With severe acne, using a prescription topical or oral medications like antibiotics or retinoids may help.

Another tip to help with teen acne are to avoid touching the face. Hands come into contact with many different surfaces throughout the day and transfer bacteria and oils to the skin. This can also attribute to the formation of blackheads and pimples. Avoiding touching the face is a great step to prevent acne.

It is highly recommended not to pick or squeeze pimples. By doing this, it may lead to scarring and spreading bacteria making the acne worse.

By establishing a routine of good skincare and avoid touching the face is a great first step. If you take a combination of the routine with eating healthy, a balanced diet and regular exercise can help reduce stress and promote clear skin. Avoiding foods that are high in sugar and processed carbohydrates can also help reduce the risk of acne breakouts.

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Medications and Acne Treatments

Taking a closer look at medications such as benzoyl peroxide, it is important to review the potential side effects. Some other medications may even cause acne to worsen and need to be considered and discussed with your healthcare provider. For example, birth control pills can increase the risk of acne. Please consult your dermatologist or doctor for the right information on prescription medication.

Many teenagers and young adults struggle with acne. If you are dealing with acne, you are not alone. With the right tools and routine, acne treatment is possible. It is always recommended to consult a dermatologist to create a proper treatment plan.

High Valley Dermatology

We understand that dealing with acne can be difficult and embarrassing. High Valley Dermatology has three locations in Idaho Falls, Driggs and Alpine to consult your specific condition. We would love to work up a personalized treatment plan to help you clear acne.

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