How to Handle Acne during Puberty

Learn how to handle adolescent acne during puberty from Jennifer Wider, M.D. in this Howcast video.

If you poll kids going through puberty, by far one of the most annoying changes that they experience is acne. But don’t worry if that’s you because we all break out. Studies tell us that 90% of kids going through puberty, that’s 9 in 10 people, experience acne and it’s totally normal. What’s going is the hormones that are producing all the other changes during puberty are also triggering acne. The oil production in your body goes up, your glands start to produce more oil which is also called sethem. It mixes with dead skin cells and it triggers a breakout which is irritation, redness, swelling, and a pimple forms.

Pimples come in all different shapes and sizes but one thing is for sure, the golden rule of acne, even if the pimple is the size of Alaska and it’s calling your name, do not pop it. Because this can make it much worse and it can cause scarring. So what to do if you have acne? Here are a few helpful hints. Develop a daily cleansing routine. Morning and night. You want to wash your face with an antibacterial soap. Gently and dry it.

You can use over the counter products like benzoyl peroxide and use products with salicylic acid. Those often help. If you’re touching your face, try not to. Keep your fingers off your face because our fingers have a lot of bacteria and they can cause a break out. Same goes for your hair. If your hair is in your face or touching your face, if you use products like hair spray or gel, that can trigger a break out, too. So try to keep your hair away from your face. If you’re a guy shaving and you have breakouts on your face, definitely discard your razor. Make sure you’re changing them frequently because that can trigger a breakout.

And if all these tips don’t help and you find yourself having acne up a storm, where the over the counter remedies don’t work, talk to your parents about making an appointment with a dermatologist. That’s a skin doctor who can help you and guide you of what’s better for you. And these are the basics of acne.