Teen and Adolescence Acne
Kids & Their Health Issues
Acne in Adolescents
Acne Treatments For Teenagers
Teen and Adolescence Skin Problems
Nothing worse can happen at a worse time. A teenager is already at an age where he or she is very self-conscious about his or her image. Although acne is definitely seen on the outside, the affects it has on the inside can be very hurtful. Acne can lower a teen's self-esteem.
It can make an otherwise outgoing child become a shy and introverted teenager. It's a fact that at least 20 million teenagers suffer from acne.
The earlier that acne is treated the better it will be. Once acne has started to go away the treatment needs to be continued. The type of treatment for acne is dependent on the severity of the acne. There are hundreds of different treatments available today.
Light to moderate cases of acne, that which include blackheads, whiteheads and papules, can usually be treated successfully with over the counter preparations. Most of these cleansers and scrubs and spot treatments contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. These generally work well.
When washing your face do not scrub your skin. Don't use a washcloth. Scrubbing the skin can irritate acne and make it look and feel worse.
Never pick or scratch the acne. This can cause scarring. Some of the over the counter preparations are extremely drying on the skin. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use.
Over drying the skin isn't good as the skin may rebel against being over dry by producing more oil.
More severe cases of acne that include cysts and nodules may need the help of a dermatologist. A dermatologist will evaluate many different things such as age, lifestyle and co-existing conditions.
The dermatologist may suggest a combination of two or three different therapies to be used at the same time.
A healthy diet may help your skin to improve, and it certainly is a wonderful lifestyle change.
Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Eat a diet high in fibre.
Avoid refined sugar, hydrogenated oils and saturated fats.
Drink at least six glasses of water a day.
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Acne in Adolescents
Acne is one of the most common problems in adolescent teens affecting nearly seventeen million people in the United States. Acne is nothing but a disorder involving sebaceous glands and hair follicles. Acne results from the clogging of sebaceous glands leading to the formation of pimples and cysts. The condition usually begins with the onset of puberty.
Going by the facts, as teens attain puberty the androgens also called male sex hormones are produced in high number leading to sebaceous glands becoming over active which results in sebum being produced in high proportions.
Sebum, which is nothing but oil is produced by sebaceous glands which travel to the skin surface through hair follicles. But, skin cells block the follicles which results in oil also being blocked. When these hair follicles are blocked it results in the development of skin bacteria known as Propionibacterium Acnes within the follicles which in turn results in swelling of the skin called Acne.
If the hair follicles are partially blocked it results in blackheads. If the follicles are completely blocked they result in whiteheads. But if these plugged follicles are not treated they ultimately burst causing the oil, bacteria and skin cells to spill all over the skin resulting in irritation and formation of pimples. Acne can be shallow as well as deep in various individuals depending on the nature of skin and amount of oil produced.
There can be various causes why Acne forms. Apart from rising hormone levels due to puberty it can also be attributed to certain other factors like intake of drugs which contain lithium, barbiturates and corticosteroids. Acne can also be caused due to excess grease and oil in the scalp, due to cooking oil and use of some cosmetics can actually alleviate the acne problem. Acne problem many times is inherited also. Acne problem is worsened if the pimples are squeezed or scrubbed too hard.
Acne can form at any place of the body but they most commonly form in the areas where there sebaceous glands are present in high proportions like face, chest, shoulders, neck and upper back. The symptoms may differ from person to person but commonly seen symptoms are: formation of blackheads, whiteheads, lesions filled with pus and which are very painful and lastly nodules.
One may get confused sometimes as symptoms of acne may be like some other skin condition and it is always advised to consult a doctor in this scenario.
There are lots of treatments available today to treat acne. The primary goal of the treatment is to reduce scars and better appearance. There are various treatments and the doctor decides which specific treatment you need based on: the extent of acne problem, age, medical history, overall health, tolerance to specific medications and procedures, expectations and last but not the least what patients prefer.
Treatment of acne is classified into topical and systemic drug therapies which are given based on extent of severity. In some instances the combination of both the methods might be the way to go for acne treatment. Topical medication is nothing but creams, gels, lotions, solutions etc. prescribed to patients for acne treatment.
Some of the examples of topical medication are:
Benzoyl Peroxide which kills the Propionibacterium Acnes bacteria, antibiotics helps in stopping or slowing down the growth of the bacteria and also reduces inflammation,
Tretinoin helps in stopping the formation of new acne lesions and Adapalene reduces formation of comedo.
Systemic drug therapies involve prescription of systemic antibiotics primarily for the treatment of acne problem which is moderate to severe in nature.
The examples of antibiotics prescribed are Doxycycline, Erythromycin and Tetracycline.
In some cases an oral drug called Isotretinoin is prescribed for teenagers with severe acne problem which shrinks down the sebaceous glands that produce oil.
The results are pretty good and almost ninety percent of the adolescents have success with this oral drug. But the drug has some serious side-affects and thus it is very important that one consults a doctor before use.
Acne Treatments For Teenagers
The Teenagers' Guide on Treating Acne
Acne is truly one of the big problems faced and most feared by teenagers anywhere around the globe. To some, it is a nightmare to have acne that truly gives very unfavourable effects. It surely lowers a person's self-esteem to express themselves freely and confidently to their families, friends, partners or to anyone.
It certainly carries with it physical, as well as, emotional scars made by self-consciousness and embarrassment that made some don't even want to get out of their rooms!
Acne, however, just occurs normally and naturally with teenagers like you so you shouldn't feel so bad and depressed about it. According to recent statistics, 9 out of 10 teens and about 25% of the adult population are suffering from acne.
But, acne is just a skin problem that can actually be treated.
Doctors and health companies, nowadays, are looking forward to give us the best acne treatments for teenagers. Health tips are also worth to follow and made to practice. You should know that prevention is better than a cure! As the saying goes, the best cure for your acne problems is making the constant effort of preventing it to occur in the first place.
There are so many acne treatments for teenagers like you that can actually be found inside your home or just right in your garden. Fruits and other herbs are known to men as cure to almost any health problems, one of these is acne.
You will surely find it fun to make your own proven acne treatment for teenagers. Making a paste or a mask is actually one of the common procedure teenagers do to treat their acne.
You can actually make one with ground orange peel or fresh lemon juice. Another effective acne treatment for teenagers is actually a mixture of tea tree and sweet fennel essential oils added with witch hazel. This is believed to remove the excess oil and dirt on your face and kill the bacteria that cause the unwanted acne.
Corn flour mixed with egg white is another great option that you can try to clear that acne in your face.
Cucumber, a favourite acne treatment for teenagers, is tested to prevent the appearance of acne. It also refreshes your tired and unhealthy skin.
Right on the Counter
When you think home-made preparations are not the acne treatments for teenagers like you, then ‘over-the-counter’ products are more recommended for you. Anytime at the nearest store in your neighbourhood, you can buy these non-prescription products that are truly great acne treatments for teenagers.
Boys especially prefer these products for it is really awkward for them to put on a facial mask.
Benzoyl peroxide is actually the best known acne treatment for teenagers that is available in stores. It works as to dry the skin and eventually encourage it to peel off and form a new, healthier skin surface. It also has antibacterial effects, very good in killing that irritable acne-causing bacteria.
The Doctors’ Advice
Not all cases of acne problems can be treated by self-made applications or “over-the-counter” drugs. These actually only treats mild to moderate acne problems. Thus, a consultation with your doctor is advisable, especially when you have a severe case of acne problem.
Your doctor will surely give you more potent acne treatments for teenagers which are actually divided between topical and oral solutions.
Topical acne treatments given to teenagers are applied directly on the skin include antibiotic lotions and azelaic acid which is described as a benzoyl peroxide alternative.
Meanwhile, oral antibiotics that you have to take in are just some of the recommended acne treatments for teenagers.
Author: Marc Howlett
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Teen and Adolescence Skin Problems
This concerns both Parents and especially Teens!
Are any of the following a problem that you feel that is becoming
an overbearing destroyer of your complexion?
Acne – Eczema – Blackheads - Warts
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As a Teenager, your looks are vital and an important part of how
you mix with your friends without trying to hide these skin
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