Teenagers are back in school now, and they are dreading picture day if they suffer from acne. Acne is skin conditions that can cause psychological damage. Teens feel embarrassed about their appearance in general just through puberty, without acne. Acne is a skin condition that is caused by numerous factors. Teenage acne is typically a mix of bacterial acne, hormonal acne and dietary acne. This is not the cause for every case of acne that happens in teenagers, but the vast majority. This is the form of acne, that you “will grow out of”.
Let’s get a few myths out of the way.
- Eating chocolate or junk food is the cause of acne: Acne can be related to your diet, but it is not because you eat a lot of junk food. Dairy products are the number one food group that is linked to acne of any age. Cutting out Dairy can have drastic changes when it comes to acne. Food Sensitivities can cause acne. Other foods may be contributing to your acne. That is a case by case basis. If you are suffering from acne, then you may want to see a Naturopathic Doctor and get an IgG Blood test done.
- People who suffer from acne are not hygienic: This is one to address for bacterial acne. Most people who suffer from acne are more conscious and cleanly with their skin care regime than people who do not suffer from acne. This is not a hygiene issue. Acne Sufferers maybe washing their face too much, and tripping down the good bacteria and natural oils in their face. Over cleaning is more likely the cause of acne compared to poor hygiene. It should be said, if you are suffering from acne only in certain spots on your face, please wipe down your cell phone and/or clean your make up brushes weekly. There are a lot of bacteria on those items, that can be causing your acne.
- Acne is Contagious: You cannot catch acne from someone who has acne. They are safe to be around.
- You Shouldn’t pop a Pimple: If your pimple has come to a white head, then it is ok to properly pop a pimple. This will actually help to initiate the healing process and remove the infective debris in pus that is found in the pimple.
- Accutane is safe and should be used as an effective treatment for acne: There are many other ways to manage your acne. Accutane is a very harmful drug that causes a lot of internal damage in your Liver and Kidneys. This seems like an easy and great solution to clear your acne, but the side effects outweigh the benefits.
- You need to wash your face at least 3 times a day: You should only wash your face twice a day, if that. TCM practitioners believe that washing your face twice a day is too much. You only need to wash it once at night. If you are feeling oily, only use a gentle toner in the morning.
Now that you know those notions are nonsense, let’s talk about quick ways that can help you fix your teenage acne.
- Effective topical treatments include: benzyl peroxide, salicylic acid, niacinamide, retinol, and some topical antibiotics. There are some draw back to the topical acne treatments. They are very drying to the skin and typically cause flaking, and the antibiotics can be absorbed through the skin which can cause a natural resistance to that antibiotic. The Dual Antibiotic and benzyl peroxide tend to stop working after a while, since you have developed a resistance to the cream. Here is where you will need to switch to another topical treatment.
- Tea Tree essential oil is a great spot treatment for acne.
- You need to exfoliate your skin about once a week, no more than twice a week.
- Make sure you moisturize your skin after applying acne products. Extremely dry of skin will cause your acne to get worse and your skin to crack.
- Make sure to wear sun screen everyday on your face. Your skin will be more sensitive to the UV rays, and will burn more easily.
- Avoid all forms of dairy for 6 weeks to see if it makes a difference.
- Acupuncture is an amazing treatment for acne, and Acne scars.
Acne is said to be a childhood condition. The fact is there are more cases of adult acne than ever before. If you learn to treat your acne in adolescence then adult acne will be manageable.