High school can be the best time of a child’s life. In the classroom, on the stage, or on the field there are plenty of opportunities to develop new interests, spend time with friends, and make lasting memories. However, many students struggle to enjoy these moments because they’re worried about how they look due to the outbreak of acne. Acne treatment for teens vary on the type of acne and the type of skin.
Clear skin is often a challenge for students, but the skin care specialists at Southeastern Dermatology offer many services to help teens overcome acne and reveal a confident, beautiful face. While acne is predominantly a disease of adolescence, it often persists into adulthood. It is important to treat significant acne to prevent emotional as well as physical scars.
What Causes Acne?
There are many contributing factors that cause acne including bacteria, hormones, inflammation, and clogged pores. Excess oil production which is often the result of hormonal stimulation combines with naturally occurring bacteria result in inflammation that can clog the pores. The end result of this process is the eruption of a blemish.
Types Of Acne
When most people think of acne they think of big red pimples. However, there are several kinds of blemishes that a person with acne may have to address, including blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, and cysts/nodules. Each of these kinds of blemishes respond differently to various treatments. Therefore, it’s important to work with a board certified dermatologist in order to properly address your acne situation and find an optimal treatment plan.
Acne Treatment For Teens
There are several acne treatment for teens. The one that’s recommended to you, or to your child, will depend on his/her unique situation. However, there are some common treatments:
- Topical Treatments: Topical acne treatments are those preparations that are applied to the skin. They may be in the form of a special wash, cream, or gel. They may work to kill bacteria, decrease the inflammation, or to dry the excess oil. Common topical treatments include benzoyl peroxide, antibiotics, retinoids, and salicylic acid.
- Oral Medications: Some acne cases require medication delivered in the form of a pill. For example, antibiotics can eliminate bacteria and minimize inflammation while other medications work to balance hormones within the body.
- Dermatology Procedures: There are several dermatology procedures that can also help to clear up the individual’s skin. For example, a specialized chemical peel can remove the top layer of badly damaged skin, while reducing oil and improving the skin’s appearance. These peels are safe and effective for use on teens and young adults. Photomodulation, also known as light treatments, my help as well.
Something To Keep In Mind
Unlike what you may see on TV infomercials, results take time. These commercials do a disservice in that they promote unrealistic expectations. If your acne is severe or not responding to over the counter remedies, it is time to see a dermatologist. For more information about treating acne for adults or teens, call Dr. Matthew Doppelt at Southeastern Dermatology today to schedule your appointment and learn more about acne treatment in Knoxville, TN.