Tips for Teen Acne

The teenage years can be a particularly emotional and sensitive time and developing acne can often become a source of anxiety and stress for many young people. Acne is extremely common during puberty as the body goes through hormonal changes, and fortunately, there are many treatment options available. Aside from seeing a dermatologist who can help prescribe appropriate medications and treatments, there are things you can do to help manage your acne.

  1. Wash your face twice daily – Contrary to popular belief, acne is not caused by dirt so you don’t need to over-wash your face. Use lukewarm water, avoid scrubbing and instead gently massage with your fingertips.
  2. Use a moisturizer – Always look for mild products that are oil-free and non-comedogenic.
  3. Don’t squeeze or pop pimples – Touching your face or trying to pop pimples can often lead to scarring and slower healing.
  4. Keep hair away – Hair touching your face can irritate your skin, so be aware of what products you have in your hair and try to keep it pulled back.
  5. Be picky about makeup – If you use makeup, use products that are oil-free and non-comedogenic after your acne treatments.
  6. Always consult with a dermatologist – Whether you’re unsure of what cleanser or moisturizer to use, or need a specialized treatment plan, ask your dermatologist!

Teen acne is a normal and common part of development, so don’t be afraid to be proactive and get help! A board-certified dermatologist can not only come up with an individualized treatment plan for you, but can also address any other skin, hair, or nail issue you may have. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology provides high quality, compassionate treatment for common issues like acne, dandruff, eczema, hair loss, skin cancer, psoriasis, dermatitis, and infections. Contact our Old Bridge, NJ office for an appointment by calling (732) 679-0222 today!