Teenage Acne Treatment
Acne—one of the most common skin problems teenagers experience. In fact, studies show that 80% of teenagers have acne thus making it a normal stage in puberty. However, even if it’s normal, it doesn’t make it easier for them. Having those unwanted bumps on the face can be very uncomfortable and can lower self-esteem. With all this mentioned, knowing the basic information about acne can make a difference for a teenager’s life.
What is Acne?
Acne is commonly found on the face, neck, chest and back. It can be in different forms like whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, and nodules. Acne develops when the pores of the skin gets blocked by oil (sebum—oil produced by the sebaceous glands), dead skin cells and dirt thus resulting to bumps and blemishes in the skin.
Causes of Acne
For teenagers, hormonal change is the primary cause of Acne. During the puberty stage, the hormones trigger the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum. And the combination of too much oil and dead skin cells causes the pores to clog. Once the pores are blocked, bacteria also develop and get trapped inside thus causing skin inflammation and redness.
Treatment of Teenage Acne
Generally, teenage acne clears up after the puberty stage when the hormones normalises. But there are also instances, especially if having and oily-acne prone skin runs in the family that breakouts continue after puberty. Here are things that you can do to manage and minimise acne breakouts.
- Washing your Face
It’s recommended to wash your face not more than twice a day. Even if you have an oily skin, it’s still recommended to not overdo washing your face as it can strip away the natural oil of the skin. You can wash your face in the morning and at night right before you go to sleep. Make sure to wash gently. Use a gentle facial cleanser and warm water to not irritate your skin.
- Use a toner
After each wash, use a toner as it can help remove excess dirt as well as help balance the pH level of your skin and tighten your pores thus prevent acne breakouts.
When you have an oily skin this doesn’t mean that you have to skip moisturising your face. Apply an oil-free moisturiser for your skin to absorb the needed nutrients to help normalise the oil production of your skin.
- Topical gels or creams
There are various over the counter topical gels and creams that you can use. Topical gels or creams treat the acne directly and can help reduce the redness and inflammation by penetrating inside the affected pore to clear up the trapped oil, dirt, dry skin and suppressing the bacteria that causes acne.
Skin care products with salicylic acid, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial ingredients can help minimise breakouts. You can opt for the natural alternative of salicylic acid which is Willow bark Extract. Willow Bark extract also has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties that will treat your acne breakouts without leaving your skin irritated. If your acne breakouts worsen, it’s highly recommended that you visit a specialist.
AQI ACNE Treatment is range of all natural skin care products that is great to use for acne prone skin.