Tips to treat teen acne

I mentioned in my previous post about my daughter’s acne prone skin, and to help her solve her skin problem I read articles and search for products and treatments via the internet. Anyway, if you’re having the same problem with your teens let me share with you some tips I gathered on how to treat teen acne.

Though acne is caused by hormonal changes and bacteria beneath the skin,  you need to ensure that your skin remains clean. Make sure to wash your face, with a mild acne cleanser, twice a day. This will help keep your skin free of oil and also aid unclogging of the pores.

Indulge in exfoliation, twice a week, to remove the dead skin cells and debris that lead to clogging of pores. Make sure to use the exfoliating product that has small, smooth grains and does not have alcohol as base.

Before buying any kind of skin products, check the label properly. They should be alcohol-free and not have oil as base. While oil-based products worsen acne, those with alcohol rob the skin of natural oils. The latter, in turn, makes the glands produce more oil and results in acne outbreak.

Keep your hands away from your face, or any other affected area, as much as possible. Squeezing or picking away the pimple will only worsen the problem and might also result in permanent scarring.

In case you want to go for over-the-counter products, the ones containing benzoyl peroxide are believed to be the best. Still, it is advisable to consult a doctor first.

If your acne is very severe, you might consider taking antibiotics for the purpose. Then again, before going for any medication, it is better to consult a skin specialist.

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