Acne can be a really hard thing to deal with in your teen-aged years, but you are not alone. Acne is very common among teenagers because of their changing bodies and the increase in hormone production.
Acne is caused by oil and bacteria that clogs hair follicles called sebaceous hair follicles located on the face, neck, chest, back and shoulders.
Here are some helpful hints on treating acne:
1. Wash your face gently at least two times daily using a mild soap like Dove. Do not scrub your face because it could make the acne worse
2. Do not pick, pop or squeeze your pimples because you could spread the swelling and cause scarring.
3. Stay away from things that can make acne worse such as oily facial care products, irritating clothing and hats that cover your forehead. Excessive stress and sweating can cause acne, too.
4. Buy and use oil free make-up and soaps.
5. Speak to your parents or your doctor about buying an over-the-counter cream or lotion containing benzoyl peroxide and use it as directed on the package. Give the medication time to work, usually the information on the package will tell you when you can expect results. Misuse of over-the-counter acne medications could make your acne worse.
6. Use non-greasy sunscreen on your skin and face and avoid tanning booths. Excessive facial sun is not good for acne. Also, many acne products (over-the-counter or prescribed acne medication) increases the skin's sensitivity to the sun.
If you try these methods and your acne does not improve or you feel that you have an extreme case, talk to your parents and doctor about seeing your doctor.