September is back to school month and it can be bittersweet for teens and parents alike. New supplies, new schedules, new friends and often times; new acne. For teens, acne is one of the most frustrating and embarrassing problems they face during an already awkward time. As if being a teenager isn’t difficult enough, having to have to deal with inflamed and angry skin only adds to their list of teenage nightmares.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States.” It is caused by sebum produced from the sebaceous glands. A combination of bacteria, sebum and dead skin cells can clog the pores resulting in pimples.
Acne can effect teens both physically and emotionally. Emotionally, acne is concerning because let’s face it, kids can be cruel and long term persistent acne can have an adverse effect on self-esteem. Physically, acne is troubling because of the long term effects it can have on the skin. Cystic acne or pimples that have been picked too much can scar leaving the skin surface red or in some cases mottled with pock marks. As a parent, dealing with teenage hormones and emotions is tough enough, but watching your child’s self-confidence plummet can be devastating for you both.
Here are some things that can help:
- Assure your teen that there are solutions and that this problem is generally temporary. Try a few over-the-counter options to see if they help. Often times, the solution is as easy as making sure they are cleansing regularly. Make sure they are at least cleansing nightly and after any sports.
- If you’re at-home treatment plan isn’t working, don’t be afraid to contact a professional esthetician or dermatologist to help treat the condition. In many cases the fix requires simple changes in the skincare routine or trying different products or prescriptions. In some cases however, more intense treatment may be needed to make a positive impact. Your esthetician or dermatologist will inform you of the options.
- Practice patience and don’t give up. Treating acne can be frustrating because not all treatments work for all kids. Trial and error may be the best way to determine the best course of treatment for your teen. In the meantime, confirm with them that it’s a process and you will eventually find a plan that works for them. And whatever you do, remind them not to pick! Picking at acne can spread bacteria which will worsen the problem and possibly produce scarring.
Thalgo.com offers a few great solutions for acne:
Thalgo Intense Regulating Concentrate: Rebalances all combination skin types in just seven days. It is a powerful intensive treatment product that helps moderate seborrhea, restore the quality of sebum, reduce skin thickness and unclog pores. In just seven days, the skin is purified and less prone to oiliness.
Thalgo Perfect Matte Fluid: Thalgo Perfect Matte Fluid offers dual anti-shine correction by neutralizing the shine effect of sebum (by modifying it viscosity) and regulates the appearance of excess sebum, all while minimizing the appearance of pores. Fresh and matte, the skin looks flawless for 8 hours. Ideal for combination to oily skin.
Thalgo Imperfection Corrector: SOS treatment for healthier-looking skin in record time. Rich in repairing Hyaluronic Acid, this gel helps clear bacterial hotspots. Imperfection Corrector promotes the disappearance of imperfections in just a few days
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