There are a number of transitions that occur throughout life. For the adolescent, ranging anywhere from pre-teen to early twenties, the development of acne may be the most distressing rite of passage that will be experienced. Throughout adolescence, a boy or girl may begin to notice enlarged or clogged pores, or pimples in the way of whiteheads, blackheads, large, painful bumps beneath the skin, or full on cysts.
Some adolescents experience more subtle breakouts that develop on what is called the T-zone, including the forehead, nose, and chin. Breakouts may be mild and may respond well to over-the-counter acne products. Others experience more dramatic changes in their skin, discovering cysts or pustules on the face, neck, back, and even chest. Acne lesions that are large and deep pose the risk of discoloration or scarring, not to mention the loss of confidence that occurs due to the appearance of skin.
Acne, for the young person, can take a dramatic emotional toll. If breakouts do not respond to over-the-counter treatments, it is time to visit your doctor. A visit to the family doctor or pediatrician may be effective, as some general practitioners are skilled at treating this common condition. However, your dermatologist should have the extensive knowledge, precise training, and advanced tools to treat acne in all of its various forms, from mild to severe.
Our Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Surgery serves patients of all ages. Our practitioners are understanding of the severity of acne in the adolescent mind, and provide gentle, compassionate care for acne at any stage. Your dermatologist will carefully evaluate the skin and make progress by focusing on proper treatment. Acne has genetic ties, and is also triggered by hormonal fluctuations. However, every person is different and requires personalized treatment for true optimal results. We work with our patients to determine which form of treatment is most suitable, and discuss lifestyle habits that may promote healthier, less irritated skin, such as use of the right kinds of moisturizers and sunscreen.
Acne is a common problem, but that doesn’t mean that a teen should suffer its consequences. We have solutions that will minimize the risk of scarring and restore a sense of confidence and well-being.
Contact the Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Surgery for your child’s personalized acne treatment.