The Agony of Teen Acne

Acne seems to go hand-in-hand with being a teenager. Of course it’s a part of teendom we wish we could skip especially when it comes to the social scene - having acne poses a serious problem for self-esteem, but for many it is inevitable. Luckily, there are several ways in which teenagers can treat and potentially remove acne for good.

So why do teenagers form acne? According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) clogged pores are a major factor in the formation of acne (at any age).

“…Clog begins with dead skin cells. Normally, dead skin cells rise to surface of the pore, and the body sheds the cells. When the body starts to make lots of sebum, oil that keeps our skin from drying out, the dead skin cells can stick together inside the pore. Instead of rising to the surface, the cells become trapped inside the pore.”

There are different types of acne that form on the skin. We say skin because acne is not restricted to the face alone, it can form anywhere on the body really.

  • Whiteheads
  • Blackheads
  • Papules
  • Nodules
  • Pustules (perhaps better known as pimples)
  • Cysts

Acne forms for many different reasons, the list below are not the only explanations for a break out to occur. Acne is as unique as the person who has it.

Here’s a short list of possible triggers:

  •  Hormones
  •  Family History
  • Stress
  • Makeup
  • Overall Diet
  •  Menstrual Cycle
  • Medications

Kahn Dermatology offers a wide array of treatment options not only for teen acne, but adults too. There are a great deal of treatment options for acne, most times these treatments can be used in conjunction with one another for maximum results:

  • Topical (this consists of both creams and washes)
  • Oral Medications
  • Lasers

For teens especially the thought of using a laser might seem intimidating, but it is a great non-invasive way to really get beneath the surface of the skin to prevent future breakouts from happening. It is very common for dark spots and scarring to appear once the acne has healed, laser treatments are an ideal way to make the overall appearance of your skin better.

Super model and reality-TV star Kendall Jenner recently publicized her struggles with acne, and attributed her new acne-free skin to the Laser Genesis. The painless procedure uses heat to kill the bacteria found in breakouts already existing on the skin, as well as removes scarring from older ones. This particular laser is currently available at our locations.

Whichever treatment option you do choose, remember that keeping a consistent regime is the key to managing and potentially getting rid of acne all together. If you are prescribed a topical or oral medication make sure to take it at the designated times on the days you are required to. If you are opting for a laser procedure be sure to follow all post-procedure guidelines.

If you or your teen are experiencing trouble with your skin, contact our offices to schedule an appointment or consultation.