How can I help my teenage acne? Is there a natural treatment?
Acne (acne vulgaris) affects about three quarters of teenagers. Teenage acne is often a cause of great distress among young people who are probably already trying to deal with other issues in their life such as study, relationships and self esteem. It seems to always be worse before an important date or event. Is there a medical reason for this? No, it’s just Sods Law!
Causes of teenage acne
The natural skin lubricant in our skin, sebum, attracts matter such as dust and dead skin cells. Young people’s skin sometimes over produces sebum which can block the hair follicles. This can then become infected with bacteria Propionibacterium Acnes and cystic acne is the result. Acne mainly affects the face but more unusually can be found on the body. Scalp acne, where the pimples also occur under the hair can also be a problem.
Hormones have a large part to play in teenage acne. Boys seem to display the worst symptoms mainly due to the higher level of androgen in their systems. This will improve over time boys so don’t despair!
The myth that chocolate is one of the causes of teenage acne still prevails. It’s just not true! You can still eat your chockie (if you’re not overweight!).
Teenage acne treatment
Because people believe acne is caused by a “dirty” skin, they tend to use harsh treatments to try to get rid of it. This isn’t a good idea and will make the problem worse. Cleanse your skin gently using a non oily cleanser and warm water. A mild soap is fine but be careful your skin doesn’t become dehydrated. Even though the skin may be oily, it can still suffer with dehydration (lack of moisture)
Keep you hair clean and free from oil that may transfer onto your face. Don’t pick at those spots! It will only irritate them and dirt will be transferred onto your face by your fingers.
If you want to exfoliate, use a very gentle scrub with rounded grains (or use oatmeal). Beware of any scrubs containing ground apricot kernels, they will irritate your skin.
Always use cosmetics and products that are non comedogenic (won’t block the pores)
What are the different types of acne?
Mild or non inflammatory acne displays as blackheads (open comedones) and whiteheads (closed comedones).
Cystic acne or inflammatory acne is the most severe type and this occurs when the pores become infected. This leads to large angry looking red pimples containing puss. Cystic acne needs attention from a dermatologist who may prescribe antibiotics to kill the bacteria. The problem with long term antibiotic use, is that “friendly” bacteria in the intestines will also be damaged leading to possible outbreaks of thrush and intestinal upsets.
Accutane is often prescribed for teenage acne. Accutane is a retinoid drug and can have side effects such as depression and can also cause birth defects. Young ladies beware!
There are several over the counter (OTC) treatments. These are safer but the sheer number of them makes them expensive and confusing.
An acne book that’s worth a look
Now – I’m always researching good information on acne and good products. For me to consider anything it has to be 100% natural whether it’s a products or information. I’ve looked at a lot of acne books both on and off line. Everywhere I go to read about acne, I find this book “Acne Free in 3 Days” “Yeah right!” I thought. It’s simply not possible to clear acne in 3 days, so that’s got to be false advertising. However it turns out this guy that wrote it has been on TV so it must be legit. And there were so many testimonials…
Now if it can show you how to get rid of acne without treatment, well that would save a lot of money I guess.
“I have to be honest. When I first bought your program, I did not really believe in it. So, I did not give it a try right away. I did try one of the natural methods for taking care of your face and since it did help me, I decided to give the rest of your program a try. After the first three days, my face had not changed one bit. I thought, “Man, this does not work at all.”
However, on the fourth day, I woke up to an almost clear face. I continued with the program as specified and by the end of the week, my acne was completely gone! Now I am following the directions you have given for removing scars and I can’t wait to see the results. THANK YOU for helping me change my life!”
Ryan Hernandez, 26
Well I had to buy it & try it, that’s the only way to find out if something works …
As I don’t have acne, I had to find a good tester. Enter Erin, the 15 year old daughter of a friend of mine whose acne had been plaguing her for a couple of years.
I was a little hesitant giving this book to Erin, she wanted the results but wasn’t real keen on applying some of the methods so I applied a little blackmail & her mum promised to keep her on track!
Bottom line? Erin’s acne was much improved in 3 days and gone in about 10 days. After a month her skin was positively glowing and she seemed to have a new found confidence. All in all a real positive experience!
Of course we’re not in a position to test the long term effects, that’ll take around 1-2 years. Erin has no acne scars so we can’t test the product to clear acne scars either. I have a feeling though if her acne returns she’ll just apply what she learned in the book to quickly get rid of it.
…. I spent thousands of dollars on other treatments and nothing really worked…I was working with an aesthetic doctor who didn’t guarantee results but forced (pushed) me into trying new, expensive procedures such as micro-derms, pulsed light, skin peels, blue laser light, and photo-dynamic laser surgery! The best results I received were with Acne Free in 3 Days!”
Thanks for your continuous help with acne sufferers,
Psst! The price of this book will soon be recouped by all the money you’ll save on over-the-counter and prescription acne medication. Check out “Acne Free in 3 Days” for more information.
Acne blue light therapy
One of the newer treatments for acne to come onto the scene is called Omnilux Blue LED Phototherapy which emits a narrow band, high intensity wavelength that neutralizes the light sensitive bacteria (P acnes). The advantage with this is that it contains no ultra violet light which damages the dermis. Blue light works well for the majority of acne sufferers for whom the more traditional methods have failed. However blue light therapy won’t work on all types of acne. Consult your dermatologist to see if it’s the answer for yout teenage acne.