When we think of acne, teenagers going through puberty often come to mind first. But patients of all ages, genders, and ethnicities can be affected by acne. Teenagers who are looking to prevent acne, or control it, will want to better understand the condition and how it can be managed.
What is acne?
Our team describes acne as a type of skin condition that develops when the pores of the skin become clogged with dead skin cells and oil. This is common for teenagers, though acne can impact anyone. Getting a proper diagnosis of the type of acne present is the first step in addressing it.
What are the different types of acne?
There are four main types of acne:
- Blackheads are small bumps on the skin that are black in color. They occur when the oil and dead skin cells in the pores become exposed to air.
- Whiteheads are small bumps on the skin that are white in color. They occur when the oil and dead skin cells in the pores become trapped under the surface of the skin.
- Pimples are red, inflamed bumps on the skin. They occur when the oil and dead skin cells in the pores become infected with bacteria.
- Cysts are large, painful lumps that can form on the skin. They occur when the oil and dead skin cells in the pores become trapped beneath the surface of the skin and become infected with bacteria.
Can teen acne be prevented?
There is no one definitive answer to this question. However, there are some steps that can be taken to help reduce the likelihood of developing acne during adolescence. One key factor is maintaining a good skincare routine. This involves cleansing your skin regularly and using a moisturizer if needed. Patients should also avoid picking at or popping pimples, as this can lead to scarring. If you do experience acne, it is best to seek treatment from a doctor or dermatologist. There are a number of treatments available that can help clear up skin problems quickly.
How do I learn more?
If you are a teenager who struggles with acne, you are not alone. We welcome you to call Greater Miami Skin and Laser Center to get a definitive diagnosis and discuss appropriate prevention and treatment options available. Call (305) 532-4478 to schedule an appointment at either of our locations in Hallandale Beach and Miami Beach, FL.