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Have you ever cancelled plans because you were self-conscious about your acne? Have you ever had problems making eye contact with someone for fear of them noticing your acne? Teen Acne may make you feel like you are alone. The truth is you are not alone; puberty and pimples go hand in hand. Teenagers from every ethnic background, nationality, size and shape will probably experience acne during their teen years. In fact, 9 out of 10 teenagers suffer from acne. 


The leading cause of teen acne is hormones. During puberty your body starts producing hormones known as androgens that contribute to acne. This is all part of our human development and these hormones are produced in different amounts. In boys the principal androgens are testosterone which plays an important role in male traits and reproduction. Boys grow faster because they have higher levels of testosterone in their bloodstream than girls, however, their growth spurts comes at the end of puberty. Testosterone triggers bone cells to become more dense and heavier, finally broadening the chest and shoulders. At puberty muscles develop and boys become stronger and more fit. In girls the main purpose of androgens is for the conversion of estrogen. Teenage girls with an over productions of androgens cause excess hair growth in places like the chin or upper lip. This can be very alarming, but with proper hair removing facial creams, waxing or threading this can be put under control. Girls also experience monthly flare ups due to premenstrual cycle, along with some emotional mood swings. Although there is no scientific proof that stress brings on acne, many teens have experienced a break out right before big events in their lives. Excess amounts of these hormones cause sebaceous glands (oil glands) to become over active. Normally, oil produced at regular levels is excreted through your skin's surface. When oil is over produced it combines with dead skin cells, which your body naturally sheds, clumping together to form a sticky plug, resulting in acne. This combination traps oil and bacteria clogging the pore, making it impossible for the oil that is being produced to get to the skin's surface. Instead of being released, the oil is now trapped causing inflammation. The inflammation sends a message to your body that something is wrong and in defense, your body rushes white blood cells to the pore, causing a whitehead. 

In addition to fluctuating hormones, other triggers of teenage acne include; improper skin care, food allergies, and nutritional imbalances. Heredity can also be responsible for teen acne. If either of your parents experienced acne as a teenager, it is most likely that you will as well.


You can take control and improve the appearance of your skin. These tips will help to get rid of existing acne as it prevents future breakouts. 

  • Don’t Pick! The same bacteria and oils that are causing you to break out are also on your hands. Squeezing your pimples does nothing more than push more bacteria and oil into your pores causing further inflammation. Worst of all it may lead to acne scarring.

  • Using a proper skin care regimen to prevent breakouts and maintain healthy skin. Do not use harsh acne products that can over dry and irritate your skin, as this can trigger the glands to produce even more oil and result in more pimples.

  • Don’t go to sleep with makeup. Remove your makeup before bedtime to prevent clogged pores and future breakouts.

  • Washing your cosmetic brushes at least once a week in soapy water to remove oil and bacteria.

  • When using a concealer to cover blemishes choose one that contains ingredients such as Salicylic Acid which will help to disinfect while concealing.

  • Washing your pillowcases often will also help to prevent acne. They are potent carriers of bacteria and germs that can causeacne to form.

  • After washing your face, gently pat dry with a clean towel. Do not rub dry. Rubbing the skin will only irritate your skin and may lead to further breakouts.

  • Showering after any sports activity is important as perspiration and oil can settle on the skin’s surface trapping dirt and bacteria in your pores.

  • Long hair or bangs around the face and wearing hats or bandanas too frequently can also allow teen acne to spread. Keep hair clean and away from the face.


Not all skin (or all acne) is exactly alike. For this reason you shouldn’t be using a one size fits all regimen to address your unique needs. Fill out a skin care analysis questionnaire and a highly trained skin care consultant will personally recommend aregimen to suit your specific teen acne needs. 


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