To pop or not?

To pop or not?

Tween wisdom

Having a teenager in the house is a tricky time – for the whole family! Acne is one of the most common and well known medical conditions to affect teenagers going through puberty.

Acne is caused by inflammation of the hair follicles, and most commonly occurs on the face but can also occur on the chest and back.

This rise in acne during the adolescent years is due to the increase of androgen hormones during puberty, both males and females have androgen hormones but it is released in higher quantities in males. Androgen hormones cause oil glands all over the body to produce more oil, the bacteria that normally lives on the skin digests this oil. This digestion process can lead to irritation of the skin, which in turn blocks the pores and produces acne.

Features of acne include blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and cysts. Unfortunately, adolescent acne arrives at the worst time when people want to look their best, which can lead to embarrassment and poor self-image.

For adolescents acne usually begins early in the teenage years and disappears after 8-10 years, although in some rare cases it can persist until the person’s thirties. Depending on the severity of the acne. There are many strategies to manage it:

• Speciality cleansers for acne prone skin

• Wash affected areas twice a day

• Don’t cleanse too frequently as this can lead to other skin problems such as dryness and irritation

• Keep hair clean and off face and neck as oil from hair can worsen acne

• Don’t squeeze pimples, as tempting as it may be, as this can worsen acne and lead to scarring

• Choose water-based makeups as opposed to oil-based makeups and be sure to remove all makeup before going to bed

Acne treatments

There are acne treatments that can be purchased over the counter at National Pharmacies. These products work by cleaning the skin and drying the oil, the downside with these products is they can irritate the skin over time.

There are prescription alternatives for severe acne and these involve consultation with a doctor or dermatologist. All medications come with side effects and acne medications are no exception, if you are prescribed an acne medication always talk to your pharmacist for tips regarding that specific medication such as how to manage side effects and which cleanser would be best suited.

Stefan Renzella-Lombardi
Pharmacist National Pharmacies Glenunga


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