Dealing With Teenage Acne Head On
When it comes to teenagers, acne is something of a common denominator. No matter who you are, the American Academy of Dermatology has determined that you will in all likelihood suffer from acne at some point in your life. Despite this universality, your teen will need help understanding and coping with this scourge when he or she reaches puberty.
It can be difficult to deal with the self-esteem issues that come with acne after all, especially at a time when we are judging ourselves as well as those around us almost all the time. The good news is that acne is not any one's fault. Instead, it's a normal effect of the body's response to puberty. The better news is that almost all acne outbreaks can be clear up if they are properly handled.
What is Acne?
Acne is a skin condition that is caused by the activation of hormones during puberty. These hormones affect the body's oil glands and cause the release of oil to the surface of the skin. The oil provides a natural home to bacteria, allowing it to grow in hair follicles beneath the skin. The result is blockage and infection-pimples. There are several kinds of pimples including:
* Comedones--Non-inflammatory papules that can be open (blackheads) or closed (whiteheads).
* Papules--Lesions that are inflamed and can be tender to the touch. These usually appear as small, pink bumps on the skin.
* Pustules--Lesions that are inflamed and filled with pus. They may be red at the base.
* Nodules--Solid lesions that are large, painful, and lodged deep within the skin.
* Cysts--Pus-filled lesions deep under the skin. These may cause scarring and pain.
They will generally appear on the face, neck, back, and chest. Acne problems are a relatively mild health issue. There are no serious complications that arise as a result of acne, but severe cases can cause scarring. This is especially true if you allow your teen to pick at the pimples. More worrisome is the effect that acne can have on the self-esteem. Studies show that untreated acne can have real psychological consequences.
What Can You Do About Your Teen's Acne?
When your child develops acne, it is your responsibility to help them learn how to care for their skin. Prompt application of appropriate skin care and acne routines will help in most cases and the outbreak will be cleared up. This is important because an untreated outbreak can lead to the type of severe case that leaves scarring and damaged self-esteem behind.
If your child's acne does not respond to over the counter medications that have been correctly used to treat it, then consider arranging for him or her to see a dermatologist. A professional will have the experience and resources to treat your child's outbreak aggressively and prevent its reoccurrence. You child will thank you for your prompt interference in this issue and you can use it to strengthen your lines of communication regarding the ongoing challenges of puberty.
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