A Parent's Guide to Understanding and Managing Teenage Acne
As parents, it's important to understand that acne is a common part of growing up, especially during the teenage years. In fact, around 85% of teens experience acne to some degree. Acne can be a source of distress for some, while others may not be bothered. For those who wish to combat acne, treatment can often lead to improved self-esteem and a greater emphasis on self-care. Moreover, for a smaller percentage of teens, it's essential to treat more severe acne to prevent permanent scarring. The good news is that there are various options available to prevent and treat acne.
Types of Acne
Acne can manifest in several forms; blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, nodules, and cysts.
Factors that Aggravate Acne
Certain factors can exacerbate acne. These include hormones, diet, skincare products and cosmetics, tight clothing or equipment pressing on the skin for a long time, and stress.
Diet for Acne Prone Teens
Diet plays a crucial role in skin health, including acne. Two key factors that can exacerbate or even cause acne flare-ups are hydration and certain foods. Ensuring proper hydration is essential for maintaining healthy skin. Encourage your teen to drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep their skin hydrated and help flush out toxins.
When it comes to foods to avoid, sugar and refined carbohydrates take the spotlight. Increased androgen levels in teens can lead to higher insulin levels. Excess sugar and refined carbohydrates drive insulin levels even higher, resulting in increased sebum production and inflammation. By reducing sugar and processed foods, your teen can take a significant step towards managing their acne.
One dietary approach that has shown promising results for acne-prone skin is a plant-based whole diet. By focusing on whole, unprocessed foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, your teen can benefit from the natural vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants they contain. This diet also helps reduce the intake of sugar and processed foods that can contribute to acne flare-ups.
Implementing dietary changes can be challenging, especially with teenagers. Here are some practical tips to help your teen transition to a healthier diet for their skin:
- Gradually reduce the consumption of sugary beverages, snacks, and processed foods.
- Encourage wholefood choices by having a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and plant-based proteins readily available at home. Don’t buy the bad stuff.
- Involve your teen in meal planning and grocery shopping to foster a sense of ownership and encourage healthier choices.
At Pura Vida Body & Mind Spa, we understand the emotional toll that acne can have on teenagers. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to providing effective and compassionate care. We offer a range of treatment options tailored specifically for teenage acne, including Aerolase laser, IPL, Blue LED light therapy, the Salt Facial, Teen Acne Facials, Extractions of blackheads and comedones, high-frequency treatments, and personalized medical-grade skin care plans. Because Pura Vida is a licensed medical spa, we also offer prescriptions for those with more severe acne. Each treatment option offered is designed to target the underlying causes of acne and promote clear, healthy skin.
Keep in mind, over-the-counter products that contain benzoyl peroxide and hydrocolloid pimple patches may help some but often lead to over drying and sensitivity. to antibiotics and topical retinoids prescribed by doctors.
Points to Remember
Acne takes at least two months to improve after starting treatment, so patience is key. Sun protection is also important, as it helps fade the red and brown marks and protects against the extra sensitivity associated with some treatments. If acne is severe or causing scars, ask your treatment provider about how it can be improved once the active acne is under control.
At Pura Vida Body & Mind Spa, we understand the challenges acne can pose for teens and we are here to offer guidance, support, and effective treatment options. Book a complimentary consultation today to get a tailored treatment plan started.