8 ways to help teenage acne at home

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Teenage acne – 8 ways to help at home

We know what it’s like to get acne. It’s painful. It crushes your confidence at any age – particularly in teenage years. We also know how life-changing it can be to treat it for good. It’s one of the reasons we founded this clinic. Below we have included 8 simple steps to help acne at home. And what we can do in-clinic too.

8 steps to clearer skin

  1. Don’t use products that are oily and thick as these can block pores and worsen acne. If using cosmetics and creams, use anti-comedogenic products (which don’t cause blackheads and whiteheads).
  2. If you use make-up, apply a thin layer. If it’s applied too thickly it can block your pores and aggravate acne. Try oxygenetix as a cover-up as they do a full coverage product specifically for acne.
  3. Eat and drink healthily. If possible, avoid foods high in the Glycaemic Index such as sugary foods, potatoes and pasta.
  4. Tempting though it is, don’t over exfoliate or scrub skin. It can cause skin irritation, disrupt the barrier effect of the skin and cause inflammation and infections, making acne worse. Cleaning skin with warm water and a simple cleanser/ soap substitute is more than adequate. Acnicide is an effective wash and available over the counter.
  5. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated.
  6. Protect your skin from the sun and use high SPF 50+ – la roche posay do a good oily skin version.
  7. Sounds like basic advice, but don’t squeeze spots! This will more often than not cause an open wound which will increase the risk of infection and scarring.
  8. Manage stress. If you can break the stress cycle you remove a potential trigger for breakouts.

If nothing is working for you and your teen at home, then there are in-clinic options available:

  1. An acne facial – using a salicylic acid peel, extractions and LED light therapy to deeply cleanse, clear and reduce inflammation, regular facials really do help.
  2. Topical and oral prescriptions under the care of one of our doctors.
  3. We do prescribe stronger medications, which can be very effective, but they need to be managed closely. Book in for a dermatology consultation or give us a call to discuss your/your teen’s options.

Get in touch if you have any questions about teenage skin – we’re always here to help.

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