Acne Treatments for Teens
The adolescent years are some of the best times in our lives but also come with their own frustrations. Acne is the nemesis of our prime years as teenagers. While the internet, Tiktok, and Instagram have promised their “lotions and potions” of magic elements that will melt away acne, there are specific ingredients in skincare products and in-office treatments that your teen will benefit most from.
Acne is a common skin condition that occurs when pores of our skin become clogged with dirt, oil, and debris causing bumps known as blackheads, pimples, and whiteheads on the skin. Bacteria can also get trapped under the skin, causing inflammation and painful red lesions. Other factors such as hormonal changes in the body and environmental stressors can also contribute to acne breakouts. Acne is commonly seen in teenagers but can also be found in adults and can be seen on the face, neck, chest and back. No matter what age, acne can be stubborn to treat and frustrating to experience.
While there is not a cure for acne, it is a medical condition that can be well managed with a variety of treatment options. Accutane may be the closest option to a “cure” for acne. Accutane is a common oral prescription medication that is prescribed to heal severe acne from the inside out, but it might not work for everyone. The best acne treatment for teens is finding a routine that works for YOU and being consistent.
Determining the type of acne, what is possibly causing it and providing solutions to heal the skin are all taken into consideration when establishing an individual’s treatment plan. Treatment options range from over-the-counter products that include ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, in-office facial treatments, and topical or oral prescription medications. One of our most popular products, the Dr. Ness GlySalLac pads, contains a combination of glycolic, salicylic, and lactic acid to remove impurities and fight bacteria.
All these treatments and products can be beneficial to treat breakouts and our team will help you find the right combination of treatments with a personalized treatment plan. With close observation from your medical team, you will see the acne begin to disappear.
At Fargo Center for Dermatology, we offer facials specifically designed to target teen acne. Our corrective and preventative FD Teen Facial includes a steam treatment and extractions to open up and clean out clogged pores. FD Teen Facials are a great option for teenagers struggling with breakouts and those who are looking for skincare recommendations.
We also offer a medical device called the HydraFacial that incorporates custom serums for any skin type. The HydraFacial thoroughly cleanses the skin and exfoliates dead skin cells that contribute to clogged pores. The result is healthier skin with a more radiant complexion. Our medical aestheticians are experts on creating a simple but effective treatment that can incorporate existing prescriptions with our medical-grade skincare lines and advanced dermatologic treatments.
Helping your teen stay compliant with their skin care routine can be challenging. A few things a parent could do to help manage acne breakouts may be reminding teens to wash their pillowcases regularly, wipe down their cell phones, avoid touching their face throughout the day, clean their make up brushes, and have an anti-acneic product handy in bags after practices and games. These are small but important things that can help minimize breakouts.
Let us help you uncover beautiful skin and take on the teenage years with confidence. Call our office at (701) 478-8780 to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.