Teenage Acne

Usually begins at around the onset of your menstrual cycle.

  • Central area of the cheeks and the forehead
  • T zone (ie: forehead, nose and chin areas)
  • Hair line
  • Whiteheads
  • Blackheads
  • Pus filled pimples
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Dirty scalp or dirty skin
  • Excessive oil production during that age (due to the hormonal fluctuation)
  • Familial (which can occur in spite of the hormones being in place)

Sometimes the hormonal variations alone manifests itself as teenage acne or could also be a part of the very commonly known Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (P.C.O.S) which I have noticed becoming increasingly common in teens lately and surprisingly may not be always associated with menstrual irregularities.

How do we deal with teen acne?

At our clinic, we conduct a thorough examination of your skin, lifestyle, eating habits, and make sure that a hormonal analysis is done. Once we get to the bottom of the cause of the acne, we start with the medical treatment or the lifestyle correction that needs to happen. Sometimes, I have seen how a simple change in the face wash can do all the difference.

Since most of you are young when you present with acne I tend to get very conservative and start with the basics first. If, and only if you absolutely need do I then prescribe oral medication or in-clinic procedures like chemical peels, radiofrequencies, micro needling, lasers, etc, which might enhance and speed up the recovery of the skin.