Teenagers and Acne
Dealing with pimples is a fact of life.
What’s the best way to treat pimples?
Use a topical product on a pimple to reduce the bacteria and help clear and heal the breakout. Squeezing pimples can spread bacteria, which can make acne worse and can also cause scarring.
When might a teen need prescription drugs for acne?
When necessary, prescription drugs are the right option. These can dry the skin out and make it UV sensitive so it’s important to use skincare products that are soothing and hydrating and a good sunscreen to counteract the drying action of the medication and protect your skin from UV rays.
When would a teenager need to see a dermatologist?
It shouldn’t be necessary to see a dermatologist unless you are worried about a skin lesion or condition, such as severe acne that is at risk of scarring the skin. A qualified skin therapist would be the perfect person to advise a teen on how to care for their skin.
Source: Living Well magazine, Issue 01, Summer 2015.