As children enter adolescence, the majority of them will develop some degree of acne. It can be quite a burden, often affecting young peoples’ self-esteem and their ability to interact with others. In the most severe cases, acne causes permanent scarring. Dr. Laurel Morton of SkinCare Physicians is pleased to share some good news: acne is a very treatable condition!
But first, let’s dispel two really important myths.
Acne is caused by dirt and results when the skin is not washed frequently enough. It’s unclear where this myth originated, but the fact is that acne is caused by multiple factors and washing the skin too frequently or too vigorously can cause irritation and actually worsen acne.
Topical treatments applied to pimples work immediately to eliminate acne. In truth, some creams may cause pimples to dry out but the best treatment is to prevent acne in the first place.
Now the facts…
We do know that there are several contributing factors that make acne development more likely: skin inflammation, certain types of bacteria in hair follicles, excess skin production, and hormone-induced oil production (hello, puberty!). Successful acne treatments attack these contributing factors.
Mild cases of acne may be improved with over-the-counter products. Good routines start with medicated facial cleansers and may also include non-prescription creams. Effective regimens may take up to 6-8 weeks to begin to work, so it is important to stick with them.
Remember that even though acne can be very distressing for young people, it can almost always be effectively treated if teenagers are motivated to stick to a treatment regimen!
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