Teen Acne: What Helps, What Hurts

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Teen acne has taken over the lives of many, and although it seems quite unavoidable due to puberty, healing doesn’t have to be an option. If you’re a teen, you know you’re the last one to admit that a little help is all you need, you’d rather deal with it yourself, right? There are solutions to skin issues, and suffering in silence is not something you have to put yourself through.

Bringing numbers into this, by the time you reach the age of 14 to 15, over 40 percent of teenagers deal with acne and acne scarring. Bad skin can take a toll on you - it may affect you psychologically, but you need to realize you are not alone. Acne is serious not a trivial condition and its causes are not just puberty - underline health concerns play a big part. If you have acne that’s affecting your everyday life, take seeing a dermatologist into consideration.

In this blog post, we are here to tell you what can help you through your acne experience and what can affect you negatively. Besides taking a toll on you emotionally and socially, it can as we said be a health concern. It is very important to look into early acne treatment!

During your teenage years, we understand that your physical appearance becomes an important part of your life. It’s not anything to be embarrassed of, everyone wants to look and feel their best. If you have acne and it’s affecting you, keep these few points in mind:

  • It’s not a joke, take it seriously: Although at times pimples do fade away on their own - if you suffer from higher grades (moderate to severe) acne, age and time isn’t the answer. If you wait a while to treat acne, you can end up with scars that can only be improved rather than healed. Acne gets harder to treat the more it progresses - the stigma of seeing a doctor should be the last thing on your mind.
  • Don’t shrug off treatment: It is completely understandable that acne is difficult to treat. We’re sure you’ve tried so many solutions, from different doctors to creams and nothing seems to work. The truth is that acne treatment should be customised to your skin type and its needs!
  • Don’t wait too long: Waiting for acne to heal can cause it to worsen over time, leaving deep embedded scars. Not to mention if you do have severe acne, an underlying health concern may be causing it. It’s better not to be in the dark, go see a professional instead. This is best way to prevent permanent scars - start treatment early.
  • Follow your treatment consistently: A treatment plan can have medications that can last for months. You may not see improvement in the first week or so, but give it time. Do not call it quits, it’s not magic, it’s a process - give it a chance. On the other hand, if you suffer from any sort of bad reaction, stop treatment immediately and see a doctor.
  • Dust off the stress: Yes, we understand that is easier said than done - stress can elevate cortisol levels giving acne a leeway to pop up at any time causing flares.
  • Visit a dermatologist: It it bothers you to take people with you, go through your consultation by yourself. This way you can explain your problems with no judgement and are more likely to follow a treatment plan based on your understanding. Not to mention, you can ask questions that seem personal without worrying!

Besides making sure that you are treating your acne, there are a few little things to keep in mind:

  • Clean your phone: Your skin on your face produces sweat and oil, which sticks to your phone when you use it. If you don’t clean the surface of your phone regularly, the dirt and grime along with any bacteria that’s grown is transferred back to your face when you use your phone again.
  • Seperate your skin and hair products: Try and keep any products that you use for your hair away from your face. There are plenty of cases where your hairline can break out because of unwanted products dripping down it.
  • Don’t wash your face too much: You would be stripping your face of essential natural oils it produces causing to produce more oils - leading to breakouts. Wash your face with a gentle face wash twice a day - simple!

These may seem like simple things but people tend to forget them a lot. The basic truth is acne can be treated and can be halted from getting worse. You just have to take care of your skin - get help when you need it.

With Remedico, we have an easy hassle free process - fill out a consultation form about yourself and your medical history, upload pictures of your condition, pay a discounted fee of Rs. 250 and receive a treatment plan from our certified dermatologist in 24 hours.