TEEN
ACNE

Adolescent acne occurs during puberty in nearly 80% of teenagers. The face, and often the back, become oily and the skin’s pores become blocked. Red spots, topped with a white pustule break out on the skin. You are not alone !

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OUR ANSWERS

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How can I get rid of acne scars?

Acne should be treated early and effectively to prevent scarring. Severe acne scars are difficult to treat and generally require therapies such as deep chemical peels, dermal filler, energy devices and other procedures such as micro-needling or subcision. The best treatment option is tailored to the individual. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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How can I get rid of acne?

Early acne should be treated with the appropriate skincare with effective active ingredients such as salicylic acid and niacinamide to adress blocked pores and inflammation. It is very important to use gentle skincare in acne. If the acne is not responding to skincare alone it is best to seek medical advice early. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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What causes acne?

The basic process seen in the formation of acne is one where the pore becomes blocked with excess dead skin cells and oil. This blockage then becomes the site of both infection and inflammation resulting in red bumps, pustules and in some cases deep cystic lesions. Genetics play a vital role in acne. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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How can I get rid of back acne?

Given it is hard to access the back and apply creams to large areas, it is best to start with a medicated wash such as benzyl peroxide or salicylic acid for acne on the body. If however the acne is severe with cysts or scarring then medical treatment should be initiated early. Dr Cara McDonald, Dermatologist – Complete Skin Specialists

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OR FALSE

SUGAR CAN MAKE
ACNE WORSE.

TRUE

Recent studies have shown that high Glycemic Index foods - the ones that cause blood sugar to spike- can make acne worse. We know it's easier said than done, but to keep your skin happy, steer away from sweets, sugary drinks, and goodies made from white flour and stick to high-fibre foods, like whole grains and pulses, instead.
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SQUEEZING A PIMPLE WON'T
DO YOU MUCH GOOD.

TRUE

Even if it seems like a quick fix, squeezing a pimple will actually make things worse for your acne-prone skin as it could actually damage the infected hair follicle and increase inflammation. You could even introduce a new infection with your fingernails. So popping zits is a harmful habit and best avoided.
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CHOCOLATE IS BAD
FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN.

FALSE

There is no solid evidence that chocolate has any effect on acne, even if everyone is different so acne could cause breakouts to some people. Dark chocolate is actually filled with skin-loving anti-oxidants.
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OILY FOODS
EQUALS OILY SKIN.

FALSE

A common acne myth is that grease on your plate translates to more oil in your pores, but there is no direct link between the two. However, a diet rich in saturated fat can fuel micro-inflammation in all of the body's organs, including the skin. In short, bacon and chips won't cause acne, but moderation is the best policy for overall health.
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Teen
Acne

Many teens try to camouflage their acne-prone skin with heavy, pore-clogging cosmetics, which only further exacerbates the problem. To prevent imperfections, using gentle cleansers skin and dermocosmetics with the right active ingredients is helpful at managing teen acne prone skin in many cases.

If the situation gets worse, your dermatologist will advise the right way to manage your acne-prone skin.

DEAR
READERS

The information displayed here is intended for general educational purposes only and should not in any case be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any medical question.