Teen Acne

Teen acne is a very common condition. Most of the time is caused by hormones, but teen stress can also be a factor. during this delicate stage in a kids life, it is a tough thing to be cursed with this condition. The ridicule they undergo is so detrimental to their self esteem, it can last their entire life. Effects that acne can have a teen may include: social withdrawal, low self-esteem, self-confidence, embarrassment, depression, poor body image, anger and discouragement. Acne is typically a sign that it may not just be a physical symptom that must be addressed, but also an emotional one.

How does Acne develop?

Acne can develop when a hair follicle (pores) become clogged with dead skin cells, oil from the sebaceous gland or bacteria. The oil in skin, is supposed to help move the hair follicle through to the skins surface and becomes dispensed on the skins surface when the hair emerges. In some teens however, the oil remains under the skin and a pimple develops.

What causes Acne to develop?

During the formative teens years, the sebaceous gland tends to be highly active and produces oil at a faster rate then in adult years, this is partially due to hormonal changes. What causes some people to have a full breakout and others to have no acne at all varies depending on a bunch of factors for that person. Hereditary is one factor. Chances are if a parent had acne as a teen, chances are that their child will also develop this condition. Other contributing factors to teen acne can be diet, system disorders, premenstrual, food allergies, mold or chemical allergies, over growth of yeast in the body, or even thyroid, liver or bowel disfunction.

While no two people have the same reasons for acne developing, it does affect millions of teens.

There are ways to help eliminate teen acne.

Having a pre-teen, we are faced with this issue with my 12 year old daughter. Her friends do not seem to mention it to her, but I know when she looks in the mirror she feels very down because of what her face looks like, most kids would.

Popping pimples is not a cure for teen acne, that only exacerbates the problem, making it red and swollen and gives the huge potential of causing bigger issues down the road, face pitting and scarring. I always tell my daughter, no matter how bad it seems, NEVER pop your pimples! For some reason it is so tempting to them to do this.

The best way to help control acne is through diet and proper nutrition. Eating healthy and having balanced meals alleviate acne symptoms. Being overweight is also a contributing factor in acne. Most overweight people do not have a healthy balanced diet required to maintain healthy skin.

Taking a multi vitamin is also a wise idea. Surprisingly teens do not take a multi vitamin. It is very, very important to take one especially during this time in their life when they are going through so many biological and physical changes. A vitamin that actually tastes good (like a starburst fruit chew) and also has a Adaptogen and Immunity Blend of herbs that help alleviate teen stresses is part of vitamins designed specifically for teens that my kids love. This blend of herbs includes Elderberry, Astragalus root, Shitake, Maitake, Rhodiola extract, codonopsis, bilberry extract, ashwaganda, and andrographis. It also includes a blend of all the fruits and vegetables that teens generally do not eat at all: orange fruit, lemon fruit, cranberry, grape seed extract, pineapple, apple, pomegranate, tomato, carrot, spinach, celery, broccoli, green pepper, turnip, alfalfa leaf, kale, pumpkin, cabbage, bioflavanoids and hesperidin. Of course it also contains all the Daily Value of vitamins that are required for optimum health by the FDA.

Most teens do not drink nearly enough water during the day. Increase of their water intake will also allow their bodies to flush the toxins out of their bodies faster so they do not have time to build up in their systems to then be excreted through their skin in the form of acne.

Cleansing the skin daily with a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser that is non-drying is also a must for acne free skin.  It gently cleanses the skin without stripping the essential oils it needs to be healthy. It is a self adjusting cleanser so it ideal for the t-zone, when you have part oily part dry skin. It equals out the t-zone giving you healthier skin.

Finally, if after doing all of the recommended things mentioned to eliminate acne, if there is still a problem with your skin, I would consult a professional dermatologist to see if there are any other health issues in your body that are contributing to your skins ill health.

What can you recommend about the prevention or elimination of acne?
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