Helping Your Teenager Deal With Acne

Your Teen's Acne is Not Unavoidable

While acne may be a rite of passage for most teenagers, knowing that fact certainly doesn't make it any easier to deal with. In the past, however, it used to be an unavoidable scourge. Now there are many treatments available to help your teen get clearer skin and maintain a positive self-image.

Attack Your Teen's Acne - From The Inside

Studies have shown that acne is not caused or made worse by food choices, but establishing a healthy, nutritious diet, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep are a good place to start to give your teen's skin a healthy appearance.

Some homeopathic remedies, such as Clearin, also act from within to balance nutrients and create an environment ideal for skin health and repair.

If you prefer to take a more scientific approach, a dermatologist can prescribe any number of oral medications that can treat the condition by attacking the bacteria that cause the inflammation or working to alter the chemistry of the skin so that it does not produce as much of the sebum that the bacteria feed upon.

Attack Your Teen's Acne - From The Outside

Since acne is a visible affliction, it is easiest to understand how topical treatments work. Creams and gels containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide are designed to reduce the inflammation associated with acne by killing the bacteria that act upon the sebum that is trapped deep in the pores.

Topical treatments may cause excessive drying and irritation, however, so your teenager must be sure to use them conscientiously (more is not necessarily better), and use a good moisturizer as well to maintain skin moisture balance.

Stick It Out

No matter which option, or combination of options, that your teenager chooses to employ to treat his acne, encourage him or her to wait at least a month before evaluating the effectiveness and possibly trying another route.

Not giving a treatment regimen long enough will skew the results and possibly cause the condition to continue for longer than is necessary.

Keep at it -- there is a solution that will clear your teenager's acne, it just may take a few tries before you are successful!

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