Unusual Things Teenagers Should Know About Acne

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08 Sep Unusual Things Teenagers Should Know About Acne

Getting a pimple is a universal experience. You’re often introduced to acne, a chronic skin condition characterized by inflamed sebaceous glands and hair follicles, when you’re a teenager. To combat this common condition, there are a few things the teens should know about acne.

Too much attention can make acne worse.

It may be frustrating to have pimples, but using too many creams, washing your face and exfoliating multiple times per week may actual exacerbate acne. A common thought process when using an acne product is that “if it hurts, it’s working” — but if an at-home treatment is causing pain, it’s not a good thing. Scrubbing too hard or using a too-powerful ointment can further inflame the skin and make pimples stick around or get worse.

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Acne can’t be cured, but it can be treated.

Acne is like the common cold — you can’t cure it, but you can treat it. Almost every case of acne can be controlled with one or a combination of standard therapies, whether it’s as simple as using a face wash or visiting a dermatologist for Clear light therapy.

For most sufferers, acne will go away on its own. In some cases, however, acne can continue into your 30s, 40s and even 50s. Adult acne, while not as common, can still be treated with the right dermatologist.

There are six types of “pimples.”

A pimple is not just a pimple! There are actually six types of acne lesions, and acne sufferers may experience each type at some point. The pimples you get indicate the severity of your acne:

  • Blackheads: Clogged hair follicle (pore) that stays open
  • Whiteheads: Clogged hair follicle (pore) that is closed
  • Papules: Small, hard and tender red bumps
  • Pustules: Papules that may appear yellow or white due to pus
  • Nodules: Large, hard and painful red or skin-colored bumps that are deep in the skin
  • Cysts: Large, painful pus-filled bumps that are deep in the skin

Blackheads, whiteheads, papules and pustules can often be treated by over-the-counter products. Cystic acne, on the other hand, often requires treatment by a dermatologist.

Greasy food and chocolate won’t give you pimples.

There’s no hard proof that diet can directly contribute to acne, but the myth that greasy foods and chocolate will cause pimples has still survived. There are certain foods to eat or avoid that can help keep your skin clear, but you can still eat those fries and chocolate bar without worrying about waking up with a new pimple.

Acne is completely normal.

It is the most common skin condition in the U.S., affecting 50 million people. About 85% of people between the ages of 12 and 24 have experienced acne — so if you think you’re alone, you’re most certainly not.

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