Teenage years bring on challenges as children move into adolescents and eventually develop in adulthood. During these major shifts, hormone levels rise, bodies change and skin reacts in a variety of ways. For some teens only the occasional pimple or blemish are inconveniences, however for others, breakouts go beyond a zit or two and they are plagued with the chronic condition of acne.
A pimple is actually a reaction to the pores in the skin becoming clogged with a type of oil called sebum. Sebum is necessary to keep the skin, scalp and hair follicles moisturized to prevent dry cracking and irritation. When hormones go into overdrive, most often during puberty, the skin overproduces sebum. Most of the oil-producing glands are located on the forehead, nose and chin, also known as the T-zone and because of this, the skin needs extra care.
Wash your face twice a day with warm water and a mild soap. It is important to massage your face in circular motions and do not scrub, it can easily lead to irritation. Post face wash care is important too. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends applying over the counter lotion containing benzoyl peroxide to decrease oil and bacteria.
Dr. Rokhsar is an acne and acne scar expert, who can provide one-on-one consultation and skin evaluation. When increased skin care doesn’t work, further treatments catered to the person’s specific skin type need to be explored. Dr. Rokhsar can over a variety of treatments including professional-strength acne products, along with antibiotics. As a leading pioneer in laser therapy, special lasers or light treatments can be used to treat the skin, such as the blue light therapy.