The raging, pubescent hormones of the adolescent years can make your oil glands enlarge and pump out lots of oil. This is why teens are typically oily in their T-zone area, with large pores, blackheads, and pimples. Further problems arise with the onset of menstruation in teenage girls. The hormonal surges that accompany menses frequently cause moodiness, bloating, cramps, and acne.
Kids, the days of eating whatever you like are over…:) There’s a huge correlation between diet and acne and at this stage of life, teens need to start really watching their food intake. The hormones in dairy can stimulate oil glands and lead to clogged pores. It’s a good idea to steer clear of dairy products when you are experiencing acne. Find other good sources of calcium in almond milk, broccoli, tofu, figs, hazelnuts, and apricots. Also, watch for sugar. High intake of sugar not only leads to a crash and burn with one’s energy levels, but it can also play havoc with the skin, increasing inflammation, and leading to more aggressive acne that lasts that much longer. The beginning of a beauty routine:
A simple, 3 step routine will really get your teen on the road to good skincare for life: Cleanse, treat, heal/moisturize with an SPF. Toner is not always necessary if the cleanser has a mild exfoliating action or contains salicylic
Ingredients for specific concerns
White heads and pustulous acne – Benzoyl Peroxide –
Blackheads – Salicylic Acid
In all cases, ensuring an ample dose of botanical ingredients and essential oils within your teen’s products will help heal existing acne and prevent dehydration, often a problem with the skins natural oils are being ‘managed’ to prevent acne.
Just when you think you’ve gone ‘past that stage’ whammo, you are hit with adult acne. For some women, adolescent acne becomes hormonal acne, which can drag on into your late 30s and 40s. This can make us more irritable than when we were angst teenagers! As we age, our bodies produce less estrogen and that this drop leads to a loss of collagen, which, of course, leads to less elasticity, causing the skin to start to sag. Falling estrogen levels can also lead to “thinning, dryness and fragility, medium to deep fine lines and wrinkles, lackluster tone and acne breakouts.”
Dealing with adult acne can be tricky. Most acne products are designed for teenage acne, typically managing oil production by drying it out, ‘dry’ is the last thing our skin needs as we age. Choosing a cleanser that is designed for sensitive skin can help relieve some of the inflammation associated with acne and support the skin’s natural hydration. Retinol products can keep the pores clean and push back wrinkles. Salicylic and glycolic acids can help prevent and face discoloration and smooth skin. And to spot-treat, a breakout, a product with benzoyl peroxide will kill bacteria.
Treatment room solutions
Laser can work wonders in eliminating or dramatically reducing scars on the face. Choose IPL treatments for hyperpigmentation and broken blood vessels. LED blue light therapy treatments kill acne-causing bacteria and are typically reasonably priced.
Other options are microdermabrasion, hydro dermabrasion, and chemical peels all of which vary in strength and application and are customized to your specific needs. Take our ACNE QUIZ to test your knowledge about this rather bothersome condition! For more information specific to your needs, call us for a consultation. We carry a range of products to address both teenage and adult acne conditions.