ACNE TREATMENT FOR TEENS
Acne sufferers are, for the most part, teenagers. Teenage spots are a rite of passage that almost everyone experiences at some stage. Hormonal changes can cause havoc with skin and this often leads to severe cases of acne. It’s also the age when appearance and attractiveness to the opposite sex becomes extremely important. Acne, even mild cases, can be debilitating. Teenagers will try many different treatments for acne, but are all of these safe? It’s not just their skin that is changing, it’s their entire body. Teenagers can, and do, react differently to acne treatments than adults do. So, as a teenager or a parent, how do you go about choosing a treatment that is both safe and effective?
It’s tempting to reach straight for the heavy duty treatments like Roaccutane or antibiotics when you see your son or daughter feeling really down over a severe case of acne. However, these aren’t the answer for most cases, nor are they the miracle cures that they are marketed as. Just because a case of acne is severe doesn’t mean the root cause is complicated or requires medication. Teenage skin needs a total different type of care than that of a child’s. It is influenced by many factors, including diet. Make sure you are drinking enough water and eating relatively cleanly. Some fast food here and there is no harm, but don’t let it be a large part of your diet. The skin is an organ and part of it’s job is help rid the body of toxins. The more toxins that can be flushed out of the body through the kidneys, etc., the less that is required of the skin. Plenty of water and healthy foods achieve this. This should be your first step.
The next priority is developing a suitable grooming routine. Find products that are gentle on your skin type. You need to do more than just wash the skin. Exfoliating and moisturising are just as important, if not more so. The kind of products you should look for are those that use natural, organic ingredients, such as tea tree oil, green tea or aloe vera. These are much gentler on your skin than synthetic compounds.
Maintaining a regular routine like this is something you should do this whether you have acne or not and it is something you need to continue after your acne has cleared. It will take time to find the right combination for your skin. Everyone is different, but with a little experimentation you will find the perfect mix. It’s not just the ingredients you need to consider but also the form the product is in. Gels suit some people, while others find creams or scrubs work better for them.
Now, if a proper and consistent grooming routine doesn’t completely clear your acne it is time to start looking at treatments specifically designed to combat acne. Look for those that blend ORGANIC INGREDIENTS and well researched SCIENTIFIC INGREDIENTS. Using organic ingredients as a base is even more important here as chemicals can cause irritation to the skin. An excellent example of this is the Exposed Skin Care range. You should choose products that treat all the root causes of acne, excess oil production, dead skin cells and bacteria.
The best acne fighting chemical agents are benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Look for products that feature one or both of these. They each have a proven history of being safe and effective in combating most forms of acne. They are very mild on the skin considering how powerful they are in killing the bacteria that causes acne. These kinds of products will get rid of nearly every case of acne when used correctly. Teenage skin reacts very well to both agents and they have no nasty side effects on the rest of the body. This is the level of product that you should focus on for difficult acne cases, where you get both safety and strength.
In the very small percentage of acne cases that still persist after using the previous treatments, it may be necessary to consider medication. Do make sure you have made every effort to cure your acne using gentler methods as medication can get rid of acne but can have a serious effect on the health of the rest of your body. There are a lot of serious side effects associated with these medications, dry skin, joint pain, kidney failure and even depression. There is a huge market for these medications though and they are heavily promoted, hence their undeserved reputation as wonder drugs.
If you want to find a safe solution to teenage skin problems that really works, focus on the following points:
- drink enough water and eat clean
- use at least an exfoliator, cleansers (one for the face and one for the body) and a moisturiser
- look for products that use a base of organic ingredients (green tea, tea tree oil etc.)
- use benzoyl peroxide and/or salicylic acid products for difficult cases of acne
A recommended range is Exposed Skin Care. They have an excellent reputation and have a full range of products that match every need.