Acne is a common skin condition that affects many people, especially teenagers. While acne is not a serious medical condition, it can be frustrating and mentally challenging for those who suffer from it. In this article, we'll explore why teenagers get acne and what can be done to prevent and treat it.
One of the main reasons why teenagers get acne is because of the hormonal changes that occur during puberty. During this time, the body produces more androgens, which are male hormones that are present in both males and females. Androgens stimulate the sebaceous glands in the skin to produce more oil, which can clog pores and lead to acne.
Another factor that can contribute to acne in teenagers is genetics. If your parents or siblings had acne, you may be more likely to develop it yourself. This is because certain genes can make your skin more sensitive to hormones and more prone to acne.
Stress can also play a role in the development of acne. When you're under stress, your body produces more cortisol, which is a hormone that can increase oil production in the skin. This can lead to clogged pores and breakouts.
Diet (kind of)
While there is no direct link between diet and acne, some studies suggest that certain foods may trigger breakouts in some people. For example, foods high in sugar and refined carbohydrates may increase insulin levels in the body, which can lead to inflammation and acne. Various studies also suggest a link between cow’s milk and acne, and a high intake in whey protein (also made from cow’s milk) and acne. But remeber that the link is still unclear, and that diet is never the underlying cause of acne.
Fortunately, there are several treatment options available for teenagers with acne. Over-the-counter products such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid can be effective for mild to moderate acne. Prescription medications, such as topical retinoids and oral antibiotics, may be necessary for more severe cases of acne.
Pimple patches are a perfect solution for speeding up the healing process and to get rid of the pimple faster. They’re also great for protecting skin against picking and outer bacteria that can make the inflammation worse and cause hard-to-treat scarring. However, pimple patches can never treat the underlying issue. Think of them as a band-aid (which they are!). They help the wound to heal, but can’t stop the wound (or pimple) to happen in the first place.
In addition to skincare, over the counter-treatments and medication, there are also several lifestyle changes that can help prevent and treat acne. These include:
In addition to medication, there are also several lifestyle changes that can help prevent and treat acne. These include:
- Washing your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser
- Avoiding touching your face with your hands
- Using non-comedogenic makeup and skincare products
- Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
- Getting enough sleep and managing stress
Acne is a common skin condition that affects many teenagers. While it can be frustrating, there are several treatment options available. By understanding the causes of acne and taking steps to prevent and treat it, teenagers can achieve clear, healthy skin.