5 Tips to Reduce Acne Breakouts in Teens

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Almost everyone experiences acne in their teen years, some worse than others. This is primarily due to the hormonal changes that can cause overactive oil glands in some teens that perpetuate acne outbreaks. Although acne is normal, it can also be embarrassing and affect a teen’s self-confidence. Here are five ways to reduce the appearance of acne in teens.

  1. Cleanse, but don’t overdo it. Teens should wash their skin twice a day with a gentle cleanser but washing more often can be harmful. Use a mild soap with a soft cloth and dry with a clean towel.
  2. Be careful what products are put on the face. Acne can arise as a reaction to certain products that have perfumes, oils and other ingredients. Use moisturizers and cosmetics that are noncomedogenic, meaning they don’t promote clogging the pores.
  3. Keep hands off the face. One of the biggest causes of acne is bacteria. Teens should be conscious of keeping their hands off their face to avoid spreading bacteria to their facial skin from everything they touch.
  4. Eat well and drink plenty of fluids. Although it is not necessarily true that certain foods cause acne, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables along with good hydration is good for the skin, along with the rest of the body.
  5. Use acne reducing products. If teens are experiencing heavy acne breakouts, even while following these tips, seek the help of a dermatologists. There are many products and medications that can control excessive acne.

Acne breakouts and scarring can be frustrating for teens. Don’t let them suffer when they don’t have to. Talk to your local dermatologist about the medical options available.

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Medical Dermatology Specialists
875 Johnson Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30342
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