What Are the Treatment Options for Teen Acne?
Acne is an unpleasant reality for many teenagers. Hormonal changes can lead to the release of sebum, which can clog pores and lead to acne. When referring to acne in teens, we are often describing inflammatory acne. This type of acne has a bacterial element that causes the surrounding tissue to become red and inflamed.
At Full Spectrum Dermatology in Fullerton, CA, we offer a comprehensive range of cosmetic dermatology treatments. Learn more about the professional acne treatment options we offer to teens when over-the-counter products do not deliver desired results.
Step One: Maintain a Good Skin Care Routine at Home
Taking care of your skin at home can often alleviate many of the symptoms of acne. Inflammatory acne results from bacteria in hair follicles, hormone-induced oil production, and excess skin production.
Before seeking professional help, teenagers should:
Use Medicated Cleansers
Gently wash the face with medicated cleansers to reduce or eliminate the appearance of inflammatory acne. These products often have varying concentrations of benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to address excess oil production.
These facial cleansing products should be used daily as directed. Facial cleansers can also be used elsewhere on the body as needed.
Topical Acne Products
Acne creams are another option. The gel or cream is applied as a spot treatment to the face. The creams also typically contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to prevent or treat acne outbreaks. If the creams are causing irritation or dryness, an oil-free moisturizer can be applied over the topical acne product.
Do not pick at pimples. Doing so can aggravate the skin, delay healing, and even lead to scarring.
If these steps do not lead to desired results, Dr. William Baugh and our team can provide teens with effective solutions to achieve clearer, healthier skin.
Step Two: Professional Acne Treatments for Teens
Dr. Baugh will begin with a consultation and examination. Your teen’s skin health history will be discussed and Dr. Baugh will listen to your teen’s skincare goals. Acne may be diagnosed as mild, moderate, or cystic. Once your skin characteristics have been considered, a customized treatment plan will be developed. Treatment options may include:
- Topical Treatment: The application of a prescription gel, cream, or wipes can reduce and prevent blemishes.
- Oral Medication: Antibiotics can address bacteria that may be causing inflammatory acne.
- Peels and Microdermabrasion: Treatments that exfoliate the skin, such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion, can be highly effective in preventing acne. By removing dead skin, the pores are less likely to get clogged.
- Laser Treatments: Light therapy or laser resurfacing can treat existing blemishes or acne scarring.
- Emergency Treatment: If cysts are present, Dr. Baugh can perform immediate treatments that treat the blocked pore.
Schedule Your Acne Treatment Today
Patients report that acne was a top reason for seeing their dermatologist, according to the Centers for Disease Control. If over-the-counter products are not providing the results your teenager wants, Dr. Baugh can recommend the appropriate treatment to treat a wide range of acne-related problems. To schedule your next appointment, please contact our office online or call (714) 879-4312.