Help for Teenage Acne

    Help for Teenage Acne

    Many teenagers experience acne, which can range from a few small spots to deep cystic inflammations. It can appear on the face, neck, shoulders, upper back, and chest. When severe, acne can leave life-long physical and emotional scars. This type of acne can be extremely traumatic, leading to social withdrawal, low self-esteem and self-confidence, embarrassment, depression, poor body image, anger, and discouragement.

    Acne in teenagers is most often triggered by changing hormones, which are produced by the endocrine glands and can increase oil production. Teens are often prescribed antibiotics to fight acne, but we believe this may lead to antibiotic resistance, so we try to get all our teenage clients off antibiotics.

    Cleansing tips for acne-prone skin:

    • Always wash gently, twice a day. Use a mild, foamy cleanser (like Obagi Foaming Gel). Avoid over-washing as this can lead to dryness, irritation, and increased oil production. Now, by washing, we mean: NO rubbing, scrubbing, scratching, scraping, or picking! Also, DO NOT USE a wash cloth or loofah and don’t massage your skin.
    • Rinse well with LUKEWARM (not hot or cold) water and pat dry with a clean, soft towel. Always avoid too much friction, which can worsen acne.
    • If applying a concealer or foundation, use water-based, oil-free products sparingly (like Illuminare Moisturizing Mineral Foundation) and wash them off thoroughly before going to bed.
    • Look for zinc and titanium dioxide as the main ingredients in both your cosmetic products (like MD Solar Science Mineral Beauty Balm) and physical blocks (like MD Solar Science Broad Spectrum Mineral Tinted Cream SPF 30& 50).
    • Remember that when your skin is dry, it produces more oil, and more oil is likely to become trapped in your pores.

    Treatments for teenage acne:

    SRTs (Skin Rejuvenation Treatment): We perform a deep cleansing of the skin, including extractions (which are perfectly safe WHEN PERFORMED BY A HIGHLY TRAINED SKINOVATOR). An SRT will clear your skin of whiteheads and blackheads, unplug hair follicles, help reduce oil production, speed up skin cell turnover, fight bacterial infection, and reduce redness and inflammation.

    LED Light Therapy: This kills bacteria and helps heal the skin post-treatment.

    Chemical Peels (and cream-based peels): Treat acne scars and smooth out the skin.

    Microdermabrasion: Both in wet and dry forms, it also smooths the skin.