Acne is a fact of life for most teens. In fact, 8 out of 10 teens have acne and many adults get it too. It’s a good idea to get in the habit of taking care of your skin before you reach the teenage years.
- Acne comes in several forms, such as black heads, white heads, pimples, and cysts. Black heads and white heads are unattractive, but they don’t hurt. Pimples and cysts can hurt and even lead to scarring.
- During puberty, your body produces more hormones. These changes are the main cause of acne. If your parent had acne, you’re more likely to have acne too.
- Glands in the skin produce oil to lubricate the skin and hair. During puberty, these glands sometimes make too much oil, which is called sebum. Sebum can clog pores, leading to acne.
- It’s really important to wash your face every morning and night with a gentle cleaner to get rid of excess oil. Don’t scrub hard, which only irritates the skin more.
- If you have long hair, keep it clean and pull it back from your face. The hair products and oils in hair can clog pores too.
- Picking at or popping pimples can cause more problems and even scarring.
- Some lotions and creams can help treat acne. In severe cases, a doctor can prescribe medication.
- Certain foods can make acne worse for some people. Stick to a healthy, varied diet.
- Acne: skin blemishes that usually appear on the face or back
- Clog: block up
Questions and Answers
Question: What kind of doctor treats acne?
Answer: Your pediatrician can probably help you or you can go to a dermatologist, a skin doctor.
Read some tips from the American Academy of Dermatology.