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Teen Acne Lets Talk Acne in Teenagers
Acne is the most common skin problem that teenagers face. Just about nine out of ten of them have to deal with pimples or acne at some time. That’s right, nearly 90 percent of kids have to deal with at least an occasional breakout of pimples.
In this article, I give you the lowdown on teenage acne. I help you spot teenage acne in all its glory. I help you deal with the emotional scars of acne, and also, acne caused by stress. And I remind you (or tell you for the first time if you haven’t heard it before) that you don’t have to accept acne as a rite of passage. You can do something about it.
We dermatologists generally refer to the acne that you get as a teenager as acne vulgaris. Yeah, it sounds horrible, but vulgaris is the Latin word for “common,” not “obnoxious” or “repugnant.” And as you saw in the stats I just tossed around, common is a good choice of words! (Some adults also suffer from acne vulgaris that sticks around after the teen years turn to the 20s and beyond. But most adults usually have a somewhat different type of acne.)
In teenagers, acne is one of the signals that your body is going through a tremendous upheaval called puberty. Teenage acne often begins around the ages of 10 to 13. It may start before puberty in both sexes, but teenage girls tend to start getting acne at a younger age than boys; however, boys tend to have the more severe cases.
Studies have shown that puberty is occurring at an earlier age these days, and so is acne. Most teenagers grow out of it when they reach 19 or 20; however, don’t be surprised if your acne persists into your early 20s and even into later adulthood.
But just because acne is common and almost every teen suffers through it doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it. You don’t have to just wait for it to go away. That’s what I’m here for — to help you knock out those pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads.
With so many excellent acne treatments available today, treating your acne will prevent (or at least greatly lessen) the scarring that often results from untreated acne.
Not that many teens have real problems (like scars or serious emotional problems) from acne, but if you do, there are a bunch of things that can be done to help you with those issues as well. Heres how to help your child deal with acne.
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