Acne Through the Ages: Teen Acne

Acne treatments are dependent on an individual’s age, explains Joel Schlessinger MD.

Whether you’re 15 or 50, dealing with acne is always frustrating. From occasional blemishes to widespread breakouts, it is estimated that between 40 and 50 million Americans deal with acne at some point in their lives. According to a recent article in Skin Inc., however, not all treatments are created equal. Joel Schlessinger MD points out that an individual’s age affects not only the type of acne a person experiences, but also the best way to treat it.

Here, Joel Schlessinger MD will explain the best way to deal with blemishes that affect teens. Treatments, medications and topical products can all make a difference in the severity of teen acne.

Joel Schlessinger MD says that most acne affecting teens is a result of hormone changes.

An increase in testosterone during puberty is one main cause of blemishes. This increase occurs in both males and females, although males experience higher levels during development. Testosterone can increase oil production and affect the frequency of breakouts.

Dermatologists generally treat this type of acne with medications or topical treatments that reduce oil and bacteria on the skin’s surface. Recently, more teens are experiencing relief by using light therapy to treat their breakouts. Light therapy uses laser light to eliminate bacteria and reduce inflammation. These types of treatments can be performed in-office or by using at-home devices.

Aestheticians can help patients create a simple and effective routine, says Joel Schlessinger MD.

For teenagers, a quick and easy routine is the best solution. A regimen should include a cleanser, spot treatment and moisturizing sunscreen to heal and protect the skin. Ingredients such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are effective for treating blemishes because they reduce bacteria on the surface and exfoliate to unclog pores.

Stay tuned to Joel Schlessinger MD’s blog for more information on how to deal with young adult acne and mature acne.

Posted Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 at 10:25 pm
Filed Under Category: Acne Skin Care
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