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Acne afflicts nearly every teenager at some point during adolescence, but that doesn’t make it easier to bear. The emotional toll of acne is a familiar problem for many young people and can wreak havoc on adolescent self-confidence. Fortunately, almost all cases of acne are treatable, and the professionals at Dermatology & Skin Health, located in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire, just a small drive from the Lakes Region, are here to help.
While anyone can get acne, even adults, it is most common in teenagers. In fact, acne is considered a normal part of adolescence. 100% of the population can expect to have acne at some time during adolescence, regardless of race or ethnicity. During puberty, elevated hormone levels stimulate higher sebum production than usual, increasing the chance of acne flares.
Boys are more likely to get it during adolescence because their skin tends to produce more sebum. In adulthood, women are more prone to acne than men, likely because of the hormonal swings of menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause.
People with a family history of acne are also more likely to get acne.
It is important to treat acne early to prevent the development of acne scars. There are a wide range of acne treatments available. Your Dermatology & Skin Health professional will recommend an acne treatment based on the location and severity of acne, response to previous treatment and other factors.
Teens who play sports, wear a backpack, or play a musical instrument that comes into contact with the face and neck may get a form of acne called acne mechanica. This acne is caused by irritation to the skin from excessive heat or sweat, friction, or pressure. These are common causes of acne mechanica:
No acne medication can do its job properly unless it is given time to work. It’s very important to be patient and take your medication as directed, for as long as directed.
If you don’t see results right away, don’t be discouraged. Your medication is hard at work preventing new lesions from forming. Stopping treatment early will likely cause pimples and zits to reappear.
There are a lot of acne myths regarding the cause acne and possible home remedies. It is important to learn separate truth from fiction.
Acne can be aggravated by oily cosmetics, stress, picking at blemishes, rough cleansers, or hard scrubbing. It is important to follow basic acne skin care tips to get acne under control, and keep it under control.
Acne isn't caused directly by eating sugar, chocolate, or greasy foods. However, there is some evidence that eating too many carbohydrates (sugars, pastas, bread, sodas) might be related to the development or worsening of acne. It is generally a good idea to limit the consumption of such snacks.
Although a suntan can temporarily lessen the appearance of acne lesions, it won’t make them go away. The ultraviolet light can also lead to significant skin irritation among those using some acne medications, and the sun can damage the skin in other ways (wrinkles, skin cancer).
Overall it is best for everyone, even those with acne, to regularly use sunscreen and follow basic sun protection measures.
Call Dermatology & Skin Health today to book an appointment with one of our skincare professionals.
We are located in Dover, in the Seacoast area of NH, only a short drive from the Lakes Region.