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How to treat teen acne

Teen Acne

Have you ever cancelled plans because you were self-conscious about your acne? Have you ever had problems making eye contact with someone for fear of them noticing your acne? Teen Acne may make you feel like you are alone. The truth is you are not alone; puberty and pimples go hand in hand. Teenagers from every ethnic background, nationality, size and shape will probably experience acne during their teen years. In fact, 9 out of 10 teenagers suffer from acne.

What causes Teen Acne?

The leading cause of teen acne is hormones. During puberty your body starts producing hormones known as androgens that contribute to acne. This is all part of our human development and these hormones are produced in different amounts. In boys the principal androgens are testosterone which plays an important role in male traits and reproduction. Boys grow faster because they have higher levels of testosterone in their bloodstream than girls, however, their growth spurts comes at the end of puberty. Testosterone triggers bone cells to become more dense and heavier, finally broadening the chest and shoulders. At puberty muscles develop and boys become stronger and more fit. In girls the main purpose of androgens is for the conversion of estrogen. Teenage girls with an over productions of androgens cause excess hair growth in places like the chin or upper lip. This can be very alarming, but with proper hair removing facial creams, waxing or threading this can be put under control. Girls also experience monthly flare ups due to premenstrual cycle, along with some emotional mood swings. Although there is no scientific proof that stress brings on acne, many teens have experienced a break out right before big events in their lives. Excess amounts of these hormones cause sebaceous glands (oil glands) to become over active. Normally, oil produced at regular levels is excreted through your skin's surface. When oil is over produced it combines with dead skin cells, which your body naturally sheds, clumping together to form a sticky plug, resulting in acne. This combination traps oil and bacteria clogging the pore, making it impossible for the oil that is being produced to get to the skin's surface. Instead of being released, the oil is now trapped causing inflammation. The inflammation sends a message to your body that something is wrong and in defense, your body rushes white blood cells to the pore, causing a whitehead.

In addition to fluctuating hormones, other triggers of teenage acne include; improper skin care, food allergies, and nutritional imbalances. Heredity can also be responsible for teen acne. If either of your parents experienced acne as a teenager, it is most likely that you will as well.


Prevention

You can take control and improve the appearance of your skin. These tips will help to get rid of existing acne as it prevents future breakouts.

  • Donít Pick! The same bacteria and oils that are causing you to break out are also on your hands. Squeezing your pimples does nothing more than push more bacteria and oil into your pores causing further inflammation. Worst of all it may lead to acne scarring.

  • Using a proper skin care regimen to prevent breakouts and maintain healthy skin. Do not use harsh acne products that can over dry and irritate your skin, as this can trigger the glands to produce even more oil and result in more pimples.

  • Donít go to sleep with makeup. Remove your makeup before bedtime to prevent clogged pores and future breakouts.

  • Washing your cosmetic brushes at least once a week in soapy water to remove oil and bacteria.

  • When using a concealer to cover blemishes choose one that contains ingredients such as Salicylic Acid which will help to disinfect while concealing.

  • Washing your pillowcases often will also help to prevent acne. They are potent carriers of bacteria and germs that can cause acne to form.

  • After washing your face, gently pat dry with a clean towel. Do not rub dry. Rubbing the skin will only irritate your skin and may lead to further breakouts.

  • Showering after any sports activity is important as perspiration and oil can settle on the skinís surface trapping dirt and bacteria in your pores.

  • Long hair or bangs around the face and wearing hats or bandanas too frequently can also allow teen acne to spread. Keep hair clean and away from the face.

  • Find a Teen Acne Regimen that is right for you

    Not all skin (or all acne) is exactly alike. For this reason you shouldnít be using a one size fits all regimen to address your unique needs. Fill out a skin care analysis questionnaire and a highly trained skin care consultant will personally recommend a regimen to suit your specific teen acne needs.

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    Follow these 6 steps to create an effective teen acne skincare regimen that will heal existing acne while preventing future breakouts. Use spot treatments to speed the healing of acne that are already under way. Keep in mind that acne is not limited to the skin on your face, select products that address this issue on your back and chest.

    1) Cleanse

    Acne Facial Cleanser When cleansing acne prone skin it is best to use a cleanser that dissolves oil without stripping and drying out the surface. The Acne Facial Cleanser thoroughly cleans without being harsh and contains natural ingredients that help to exfoliate dead cells on the skinís surface.


    6oz. - $15.00

    2) Tone

    Special Cucumber Lotion Wipe away residue, deep clean and treat erupted skin with a sulfur based toner like the Special Cucumber Lotion.


    8oz. - $15.00
    16oz. - $26.00
    32oz. - $45.00

    3) Moisturize the Eye Area

    Ceramide Eye Gel Moisturize the delicate eye area with the Ceramide Eye Gel. Tip: Keep your eye gel refrigerated, it will cool and deflate puffy eyes.


    0.5oz. - $18.00

    4) Moisturize the Face

    Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 17 Use a moisturizer that will hydrate and protect without clogging pores like the Oil Free Moisturizer (SPF 17).


    2oz. - $22.00

    5) Mask

    Cucumber Tonic Mask Draw impurities from your pores by using a clay-based mask such as our Cucumber Tonic Mask 2 to 3 times a week.


    2oz. - $18.00

    6) Exfoliate

    Glycolic Foaming Cleanser When skin is erupted it is not good to exfoliate with a scrub which may make matters worse by spreading around bacteria while your skin is in a delicate state. Remove the dead skin cells that can clog pores with our non-abrasive Glycolic Foaming Cleanser. Use once or twice a week in the evening instead of your usual cleanser.


    6oz. - $15.00


    The following spot treatments will quickly heal existing acne.

    Drying Lotion Spot treat whiteheads using our world famous Drying Lotion. This unique blend of salicylic acid and calamine heals and soothes the acne areas. Apply at night and you will see a dramatic difference overnight.


    1oz. - $17.00

    Buffering Lotion The sulfur based quick absorbing Buffering Lotion heals and prevents deep cystic acne.


    1oz. - $17.00

    Drying Cream Drying Cream can be used on small bumps and pimples. It has a light concealing property makes it ideal for use during the day.


    0.5oz. - $14.00


    These products specially formulated for acne on the back and chest.

    A.H.A. Botanical Body Soap The fruit acids in the AHA Botanical Body Soap exfoliates without spreading bacteria.


    8oz. - $8.00
    16oz. - $14.00

    Special Cleansing Lotion O (For chest and back only) After showering use a cotton pad to cleanse back and chest with Special Cleansing Lotion ďOĒ to help control excess oil. This sulfur based toner is specifically designed to help treat back and chest acne. Not for use on face.


    8oz. - $15.00
    16oz. - $26.00
    32oz. - $45.00


    Be Consistent

    Youíve heard it before! Maybe it was your teacher, your coach or maybe it was your parents . . . consistency is the key to success. Once you find a skin care regimen that is right for you, be consistent with it. Make it a part of your daily routine morning and night.


    The frustration and embarrassment that teen acne has caused can be a thing of the past. Youíve read why so many teens suffer from acne and how it starts. Use the information that you have just learned to help improve the condition of your skin. Remember the three steps, stop taking matters into your own hands, find a skin care regimen that is right for you and be consistent with it. Now go out and face the world with confidence!



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