For Mother's Only! Signs that Your Teen Needs an Acne Treatment
every pimple is acne. Pimples may be allergic hives, bites or even a
sweat rash...just to name a few. So as a mother, how do you know it's
time to seriously search for a safe and effective acne treatment for
your fast growing teen?
Here are some basic red flags you should watch for:
usually develops and worsens in time. So the earlier you catch it, and
start the right treatment, the faster you get rid of it and there is
less risk of obtaining lasting skin damage such as acne scars and marks.
1. Oily and shiny T-zone: a clearly shiny and oily forehead, nose and chin may be an early warning for forthcoming acne
2. Oily Skin overall: shiny, oily or very oily skin represents a clear warning sign for acne
3. Blackheads and whiteheads: these represent an early stage of acne
4. Redness, inflammation, pimples or cysts on cheeks, chin, back and/or shoulders: these are fully developed acne symptoms
is not just a skin disease, but for many also a disease of the
soul...or a major psychological problem. Even with mild acne, many teens
feel embarrassed, alienated, rejected, angry or resigned. So when the
physical symptoms above are paired with the psychological and behavioral
signs below, it's time to get help.
1. Withdrawal from sports and activities she/he loved before
2. Phone life quiets down significantly
3. Avoids social gatherings
4. Schoolwork seems to slip
5. Seems sad, angry or unhappy without apparent reasons
6. Complains about losing friends
7. Suddenly develops a strong liking for heavy make-up
that we are not recommending running out to get an acne treatment just
because your teen has oily skin - or if your teen withdraws from
activities. We are just letting you know about the combination of signs
that are seen in pre-teens and teens that are developing acne. We do
suggest keeping an eye out for these signs. And if you notice that some
of the signs are getting worse, or that your child has a lot of these
signs at once, it's high time to do something.
What NOT to Use
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has clear standards for what
should not be used as an acne treatment for younger teens. We recommend
adhering to the AAP's guidelines for older teens too - there are many
known side effects that occur in teens as a result of using the items
listed below, so as parents, we would rather err on the side of caution.
- Tetracycline derivatives (tetracycline, doxycycline, and minocycline) should not be used in younger children. Oral antibiotics can damage tooth enamel and developing bones in pre-teens.
- Isotretinoin (Accutane and its generic brands) should not be used for young teens for its severe side effects
- Topical antibiotics should not be used for more than few weeks and combined with a low grade Benzoyl Peroxide
- Any OTC products should be used with extreme care and at the lowest possible level
are extreme cases in older teens where one of these treatments may need
to be used (in fact, Isotretinoin is only supposed to be used in severe
cases, and as a last resort). We just ask you to proceed with caution,
and even consult with us on the dermatologists recommended treatment. We
have consulted with many families whose teens needed to go on these
drugs, and we've provided them with effective alternate options so that
their teen didn't have to stay on the drug for too long.
Recommended Natural Teen Acne Treatment Options
your research! Yes, there are many natural ways to help calm acne
symptoms, however, in order to get to the root cause of your acne, and
to really get rid of it, you need a treatment that will not only
eliminate symptoms, but also prevent it from coming. Dabbing honey, or
putting argan oil on your face is not going to get rid of your acne!
look into natural yet science based ways to treat acne that are safe
and effective. We invite you to start by taking a look at AcnEase®, the
original natural medicine for acne that has up to a 98% success rate
not just for mild or moderate acne, but also for cystic, chronic and
severe acne. There are no side effects, no chemicals, no
phyto-estrogens and it is all botanical and gluten and sugar free.
Mother's of Teen Acne Support Group
also thinking of starting a Mother's of Teen Acne Support Group and even
a Teen Acne Support Group. We get so many inquiries daily from Moms of
teens and from teens that are desperately searching for answers. And as
we always say, stick with credible sources that can really help you get
rid of acne. So if you would like us to start a private (and secret)
Facebook group, please let us know, and we would be glad to do it. Email
us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, don't hesitate to contact us with questions.