If you’re a teenager or adult, you’re probably familiar with the pains of acne. Acne is the most common skin disorder in teenagers, affecting more than 80 percent of American teens between 11 and 30. It occurs when an overproduction of oil causes the follicle (pore) of the skin to get clogged. This causes whiteheads, blackheads, and inflammatory acne. During the teenage years, hormone levels increase which can stimulate oil production. Paired with genetics, certain medications, or even makeup, acne can especially affect teenagers. Though teens may not be able to avoid acne, there are ways for you and your dermatologist to help them treat it. Here are a few methods you can use to start controlling your child’s breakouts:
Make an appointment with a Children’s National dermatologist if you feel your teen is overwhelmed by acne. To schedule, call the BEAR line at 888-884-BEAR (2327).
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