Combating Teen Acne

Combating Teen AcneIf you are one of the many teens who struggles combating an acne problem, fear not because you are in good hands and definitely not alone. It doesn’t matter if you are male or female, chances are at some point during your teen years you will experience acne. In fact, it has been noted that approximately 90% of teens face some sort of acne. That’s a huge percent! Although acne is a leading cause of teen insecurity, there is something you can do about it. First of all, acne is caused by bacteria that love the surface of an individual’s skin. Sometimes your body recognizes this as normal, but sometimes it doesn’t and the inflammation that ensues is what we all call a pimple.

But why do teens appear notorious for getting acne? Well, one reason is due to the excess hormones that are raging in a teen’s body causing oily skin. Or perhaps your body is reacting to an auto-immune condition. Whatever the cause, acne can be embarrassing for a teen. So what can you do about it?

One option is to find a cleanser such as Clearasil that contains Benzoyl Peroxide. This not only destroys the bacteria causing the breakout, but it then also acts as a drying out agent for the pores. Since this is not a permanent fix, most people find they need to keep using this agent regularly in order to continually combat the negative affects of acne. Another agent that is typically found in face washes is Sallcylate. Similar to Advil, Sallcylate acts as an inflammatory agent to help the body not react so strongly to the bacteria. This agent doesn’t prevent breakouts, but rather helps to keep them from spreading.

A third agent you’ll want to look for is Glycollc Acid. This is found in the popular Proactive. This particular agent promotes the shedding of your skin. Before you get too weirded out, this has a purpose I promise. This is good because it doesn’t give your skin the chance to produce the extra oil that bacteria loves so much and that can lead to acne. It is typically more expensive than other remedies but it tends to work well so it seems to me that it is worth the extra cost.

These are all some basic things you can do to help take care of your acne. However, another option is chemical peels for acne. This is a non-invasive means to get rid of acne. They work by removing damaged outer layers of your skin, to make your skin look and feel healthier. First of all your face is cleansed really well, then the chemical solution will be placed on your skin for roughly 10 minutes, finally the peel is washed off and your face is neutralized with some creams. Depending on the severity of the peel, you can do it once a month for mild ones, or you need to wait about every 6 months for a more intense chemical peel.