Acne is very common in teenagers, but also affects older people. It usually appears on the following areas:
- Central areas of the cheeks and forehead
- The ‘T’ zone, i.e. forehead, nose and chin
Acne can present itself at various stages as whiteheads, blackheads or pus-filled pimples. Acne can be caused by any of the following conditions:
- Hormonal imbalance, usually in adolescents
- Excessive oil production cause by hormonal imbalance
- Dirty scalp or skin
Acne can also be a symptom of very common condition known as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). It seems to be very increasingly prevalent in teens and may not be related to any menstrual fluctuations.
Teen Acne and SK TruDerma
We begin treating acne with a thorough investigation of the patient’s skin, lifestyle and eating habits, after which a hormonal assessment is conducted. When we get to root of the acne, we make the choice of treatment, which could be medical or a correction in lifestyle. Sometimes, a simple change of face wash makes all the difference.
When dealing with teenagers, we start with non-medical treatment; oral medicine is prescribed only in severe cases, which cannot be treated with lifestyle or other changes. For more severe cases, we have in-clinic treatments like chemical peels, micro-needling, lasers and radiofrequencies, etc. These procedures can also speed up the recovery of the skin.