Facing School – South Shore Skin Center of Cohasset and Plymouth offers Tips for Teen Acne
Just when self-consciousness is at its peak and “fitting in” is a must at school, acne strikes. Acne affects almost everyone at some point in their lives, and teenagers can expect to experience at least one agonizing breakout. The hardest hit are teenage boys.
Despite the level of severity, acne is just not something taken lightly by any teenager. South Shore Skin Center, with offices in Cohasset and Plymouth, offers timely tips to help teens ward off acne flare-ups:
- Wash (don’t scrub) your face twice a day with a very gentle soap or water based skin cleanser. Oil and dead skin cells are typically the cause of pimples, so avoid any cleansers that contain oil such as cold creams.
- Never squeeze your pimples as it can cause an infection, worse acne and potentially scar your skin.
- Try using an over-the-counter product that is designed to unclog pores and dry up oil and blemishes (such as Clearasil or Stri-Dex). Be sure to follow the package instructions. Too frequent use of these over the counter medications may actually cause acne to become worse.
- Try not to touch your face. Although you can’t see it, your hands contain oil which is transferred when you touch your face and can cause a break-out.
- Your hair is another culprit that can transfer oil to your face. Find a hairstyle that keeps hair away from your face and do not use a lot of hair gel or other hair products because they tend to contain oil.
- Sunlight can actually aggravate acne. Try to limit your sun exposure. If you are going to be in the sun, be sure to wear (oil-free) sunscreen.
“Acne is caused by overproduction of sebum (oil), which is regulated by hormones, coupled with the obstruction of the pores. People can get acne at any age, but teens are most likely to experience it because it is triggered by hormone changes. Stress and some prescribed medications can contribute to hormone fluctuation. Acne is not caused by foods such as chocolate and greasy French fries. In fact, severe acne is hereditary,” explained Dr. Richard Eisen, M.D., South Shore Skin Center’s founding physician.
While most acne sufferers’ breakouts are not serious and do not result in scarring, at least 40 percent of all cases need to be treated by a physician.
For severe acne (up to a hundred or so pimples covering face and body) that may potentially result in scarring, South Shore Skin Center offers several types of treatments including: Gentle YAG, which is a gentle, safe and effective type of laser treatment; Photodynamic Therapy which uses a light source in conjunction with chemical therapy; and Thermage, which is a minimally invasive procedure that uses radio frequency.
South Shore Skin Center also offers several treatments to erase acne scarring. According to Dr. Ramzi Saad, M.D. of South Shore Skin Center, “Most cases of teen acne are not severe and can be treated at home. For severe acne and scarring, medical treatment is advisable and we offer several innovative therapies to heal and improve the skin.”