Many parents assume that breakouts are just an inevitable fact of life – something all teenagers and even pre-teens go through sooner or later. While it’s true that millions of people suffer from acne, it doesn’t make it any easier.
There are different types of acne: comedones (blackheads and whiteheads), papules or pustules, and cysts or nodules. The type of acne your teen has depends on the amount of inflammation that develops and whether the inflammation is close to the skin’s surface or embedded deeper in the skin. Blackheads and whiteheads are close to the surface and associated with minimal inflammation. If the inflammation occurs deep in the skin, a pimple or painful cyst or nodule can occur.
To combat acne, a starting point is good skin care including gentle cleansing at least twice daily. Vigorous scrubbing will irritate the skin, making acne worse. Be aware that products that include alcohol or other astringents or harsh detergents can irritate the skin and constrict the pores.
In addition to good skin care, many teenagers with acne can benefit from treatment with acne medications. Treatment for acne often includes topical medications and occasionally oral antibiotics depending on the severity of acne.
If your teen is suffering from acne, call us today at 303-532-2810 to set up your consultation and discuss which treatment options are right for you.