Friday, September 19th at 10 a.m.
Pimples seem to be as common as they are difficult for teenagers.
Nearly eight in every ten Americans between the ages of 11 and 30 are affected by acne at some point. Of course, it most often begins during the teen years, and can manifest as blemishes on the face, back, chest or upper arms.
Acne is not caused by the food you eat or drink – for example, chocolate or soda. Acne actually begins inside the hair follicles under the surface of your skin. During puberty, oil glands that open into the hair follicles can release too much oil due to hormonal changes. Oil and skin cells may then clog the pores. Bacteria also may get trapped in the follicles, leading to swelling and acne blemishes.
Having acne can be very upsetting. You may feel less attractive. And it may seem as though your skin will never clear up.
In time, your acne may go away by itself, but some teens see a doctor for their acne to help develop a treatment plan to help prevent blemishes and scars from forming. Medications can improve your acne, but it often takes several months, not several days, for these to prove effective.
To learn more about what causes acne, the best ways to prevent breakouts and to treat acne, visit the links on this page and joins us for a Live OU Medicine Chat this Friday, September 19th at 10 a.m. with Dr. Hillary Lawrence, OU Physicians pediatric dermatologist.
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