Children experience various changes when they make a move from their child to teenager life, some unpalatable. Teenage acne issue is one of them that usually represents itself in the form of acne pimples, spots, papules or whatever you like to call them on your face, chest and back. These little spots on your face is definitely an overwhelming and humiliating experience for you.
According to statistics, approximately 85%, i.e., 8 out of 10 teenagers, both male and female will encounter acne at some point in their teenage life. Usually, skin breakouts don't last forever, it is very difficult to tell when exactly anything related to adolescence, maturing and growing will change. Hereditary changes in the teenage body have its own special time period. Although outgrowing with the skin inflammation problem is difficult, however, the kind and nature of acne breakout change for many people with time.
How Long Does Teenage Acne Last?
According to KidsHealth, it is very difficult and nearly impossible to tell how long the teenage acne will last. Some teenagers have been found to have a relatively short experience (3-4 peak years of hormonal imbalance) of acne while others may continue to experience this in their early adult years and even beyond.
Whether it will resolve quickly or become a chronic acne depends on multiple following factors;
Age – For most teenagers, acne will stop when their increased production of hormones settle down. This usually occurs in their late 20s to early 30s.
Genetics – If acne is running in your family, then its reduction mostly depends on self-care and the right treatment.
Diet – Consuming a diet less in oil and avoiding junk food can help you recover faster.
Skin Type – Teenagers with oily skin type may find it more difficult to subside their condition compared to those having dry skin type. Use of oil-free facial products to control oil production can help a lot.
Stress – Stress causes an overproduction of androgen hormones responsible for triggering acne. Stress reduction techniques such as yoga, meditation, and exercise can help you recover faster.
Infection – Taking over the counter antibiotics or prescribed ones can help control infection and subside inflammation.
No matter what is the cause, acne is surely treatable and you can control it with the right approach. Some additional precautionary measures that can help you get a quicker relief include;
Acne is an inflammatory condition of the hair follicles and oil glands present on the skin. Usually starting at the age of 12 for boys and 10-11 for girls, this skin condition affects an estimated 85% of teens. Contrary to popular belief, there is a very limited link between acne and diet. The actual cause in teenagers is hormonal changes secondary to the onset of puberty that leads to the production of more hair follicles and oil glands. Besides hormonal changes, improper skin cleansing, microbial infections and dietary triggers are also known to cause acne. Regardless of the cause, you need to adopt following effective ways to treat troublesome symptoms of acne.
Wash your face regularly
Toxins and other environmental factors like UV light, dust and grime are some important triggers of acne in teenage. Washing your face at least twice to remove excess oil and eliminate trapped toxins and grime can help prevent your skin pores from getting clogged and inflamed. After exercising and just before going to bed, wash your face with an oil-free cleanser such as Cetaphil.
Always use mild products or those after consultation with a dermatologist as using harsh products or scrubbing your facial skin too much can lead to more inflammation and redness.
Avoid touching your face
Popping or squeezing your acne pimples might seem like an easy fix, however, habitual touching or picking up pimples can only cause infection, inflammation or scarring and make your acne worse. Bacteria and other pathogens can easily transfer from your fingernails and start causing infection on a new site. Therefore, you should avoid habitually scratching your facial skin or sleeping with your face touching your hands or arms.
Don't forget to exfoliate
Exfoliation means gently scrubbing the upper layer of dead or unhealthy skin cells to remove superficial blackheads and clean out clogged pores. Remember that scrubbing too much can even make your acne worse, therefore, you should use exfoliating scrubs made especially for delicate facial skin. Also, make sure that before exfoliation both your scrub and face are wet. For best results, apply a little bit mild cleanser to the scrub and start exfoliating your face in a circular motion. Rinse with plain water and dry your face with a paper towel or soft cloth. Exfoliate two to three times per week.
Keep well hydrated and eat healthily
Your skin needs a lot of water and essential nutrients to eliminate toxins and remain fresh. Water is important for skin hydration and adequate moisturization while nutrients like vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids are important to maintain your skin integrity and maintain its optimal health. You should aim for at least 8 glasses of water per day and focus more on a healthy diet such as whole grains, nuts, beans and fresh vegetables and fruits.
Avoiding junk food such as those containing refined sugar and sweets like cookies, candy, and white grains is also important. They are known to cause a spike in your blood pressure and stimulate the production of insulin; both causes increased oil production and help trigger acne.
Consider using herbal remedies
Plant-based remedies like lemon juice extract, tea tree oil extract, azelaic acid cream, raw (unripe) papaya fruit, green tea extract, licorice root extract and aloe vera gel work as antiseptics, anti-inflammatories, antioxidants, and as exfoliating (peeling) agents. Discuss your symptoms and usage safety with your herbalist before purchasing any herbal product.
Use over-the-counter medications (OTCs) or consult a dermatologist
Certain over the counter medicines are useful and proven very effective in treating acne due to infections or hormonal disturbances. Two of the most famous OTC for acne treatment include benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. They both come in gels/creams (good for spot treatment) and soaps, lotions and pads (best for use on the entire face). OTC medications may have mild to severe side effects, therefore you should consult your dermatologist for their safety and effectiveness.