Acne is a skin condition that appears on the face, neck, chest, and back. Typically, the skin breaks out in bumps and pimples caused by dead skin cells and oil clogged in your hair follicles. Even though acne mostly affects teenagers, it sometimes starts in early childhood.
The severity of acne can change the symptoms, but the standard signs are:
Your teenager may have a mixture of whiteheads (clogged pores), blackheads (open pores clogged with oil), and bumps, or you may be prone to display one symptom over the others.
Acne happens when skin pores become clogged with oil or dead skin cells. The face, neck, chest, and back have the most oil glands, making it easy for pores to get clogged.
If your teenager’s pores get infected with bacteria, they become inflamed, producing whiteheads. Or the pore may open up and darken, resulting in a blackhead.
Some factors worsen acne, including hormones, certain medications, diet, and stress. Hormones increase when boys and girls hit puberty, causing their bodies to produce more oil.
Medications with corticosteroids, androgens, or lithium may also worsen acne. And diets rich in carbohydrates may cause symptoms to be more severe. Additionally, when parents have acne, it’s likely to be passed along to their children.
Your teenager may have tried home remedies or store-bought solutions for their acne, such as cleansers and moisturizers. But some may agitate symptoms rather than help. If they don’t work or the symptoms worsen, bring your child to see Dr. Sadrieh and Dr. Hussain. The severity of the acne affects the type of treatment they provide.
Dr. Sadrieh and Dr. Hussain will ask about any medical conditions your teenager has and any prescriptions they’re taking, including vitamins. This information can help them identify any potential triggers that are causing acne flare-ups. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions during the appointment.
If you’re concerned about your teenager’s acne, or they’re experiencing a series of uncomfortable symptoms, see Dr. Sadrieh and Dr. Hussain. At Advanced Pediatrics Medical Group, they can pinpoint what causes acne and provide treatment. Book an appointment online or call the practice to get help for acne today.
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