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Understanding Teen Acne
Posted Date: 2006-05-16
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Acne is a very common condition among teens. It affects not only their physical appearance, but may also affect their self-esteem and feelings of self-worth. Many teens are often afraid to go to social events or participate in extra activities because they are afraid of how others may see them.

Acne can be caused by a variety of factors, but hormones are believed to be a leading cause of acne in teens. This can also cross over into adult acne. Hormones cause the body to produce excess oil, which in turn clogs pores and causes pimples. The good news is, acne is very treatable and by figuring out its cause, you can find a treatment.

Having acne has nothing to do with what you eat or how often you wash your face, two common myths often associated with this condition. Washing your face too much, however, can cause the skin to become dry and irritated, and may, therefore, irritate existing acne, but it does not actually cause more acne to form.

One of the best ways to combat acne is to try to prevent it. This involves finding its cause and taking measures to treat it. By doing so, you are treating existing acne, while treating the root of its cause.

Since teens often produce more oil than do adults, it is important to wash twice a day with a mild cleanser that won't irritate or dry the skin. This helps eliminate excess oil, while wiping away any unwanted dirt and bacteria. It is also important to keep the skin properly hydrated and moisturized. Oily doesn't equal moisture. Skin that is oily must be moisturized as well.

All these things can be accomplished by washing the face. The excess oil will be removed, while the face will be hydrated and moisturized. A moisturizing cream may also help to keep moisture in the skin, which will help prevent it from becoming dry and irritated.

While it is good to exfoliate, it is important that you do not use a harsh product to do so. Use a gentle formula containing small grains. These will be less harsh to your skin and will remove dead skin without irritating the healthy skin and aggravating the acne.

Avoid products that contain substantial amounts of alcohol, as this can cause your glands to produce more oil, or dry and irritate your skin. Instead, use a gentle toner that will help even your skin.

Don't squeeze or pick at your pimples. This can only cause them to become more inflamed because the bacteria are pushed deeper into the skin.

Choose makeup products wisely. Don't use products that have cause past breakouts, and use those that are noncometigenic, meaning they won't clog your pores.

No matter the cause, it is important to find a cure. Find a regimen that works for you and stick to it. If your acne persists, consult a physician. There are medications that can help treat many forms of acne. Finding a solution will help you feel better about yourself.