If you are a teenager you are probably going to struggle with some break-outs. During the teen years there are excess hormones that are being produced throughout your body. The oilier the skin, the more your acne will increase. Acne can range from chronic to moderate. Up to 85% of teenagers experience these problems, so you are not alone. There are several things you can do to try to keep your acne under control.
Acne can fall under one or all of the following categories:
Pimples can fall under these categories:
SIDE NOTE: It is not unusual for acne/pimples to occur on your body in addition to your face.
WHAT MAY CAUSE ACNE?
STAY AWAY FROM CONSTANTLY
TOUCHING YOUR FACE!
There is already an excess amount of oil that your body is creating. Constantly putting your fingers on your skin will add more oil, which will inevitably create more acne. Try to keep your face, hands free. Picking your face can also create long time scarring, along with squeezing pimples.
CLEAN YOUR SKIN!
Skin that is acne prone, should be cleaned at least twice a day. As tempting as it may be, try not to use body soap or anything that will cause your skin to become extremely dry. While having excess oil is not a great thing, neither is having extremely dry skin. Dry skin can flake and cause other problems. If your skin is not cleaned properly, then dead skin cells will began to accumulate clogging pores allowing for more acne. If you wear make-up, DO NOT SLEEP IN IT! Before you go to bed at night make sure you use make-up cleansing wipes that will completely eliminate make-up off of your skin. Make-up can clog pores as well, if it is not cleaned properly. Remember to choose oil-free make-up products and to GENTLY wash your face. Do not tug on your skin. Also, be sure to clean and replace any foundation brushes or items you use to apply make-up.
ALWAYS APPLY SUNSCREEN!
The sun's rays are not good for your skin. Not only does tanning increase your chances of getting skin cancer, but it can also make certain conditions, such as hyperpigmentation (especially among darker skin) more serious. Also, too much sun exposure causes premature wrinkles and if you are using certain prescription face medications, the sun can actually make the products that you are using hurt your skin by making the skin problem appear worse.
Most of the time teen acne can be kept under control, however, there are young adult's whose acne is so severe that it can create permanent scarring. If your acne is this bad, it is best to try to see a dermatologist immediately.
A person who is under a significant amount of stress can have an increase in acne. If at all possible, try to keep your level of stress down by concentrating on something productive and NOT STRESSING about your acne. This is easier said then done, but stress can be a huge trigger in making your acne worse.
SIDE NOTE: Generally chocolate does not make your acne worse. This is a common misconception among many people. However, if you find that your acne appears to get worse after eating certain foods, then it is a possibility that you may need to cut back on eating those particular food types due to specific allergins. Also, increasing your water intake can help your skin because water actually flushes the body of toxins.
Regardless of where you are in your acne struggles, remember that you are not alone and that millions of teens AND adults struggle from some type of acne condition. The key is to determine a specific skin routine that works for you.
Written By: Te-Shandra Haskett, MBA
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