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School is out and your teen is either away at camp, on
vacation, in the pool and on the beach hoping that their pesky acne will
disappear due to lots of fresh air, sun and water … while they may be having a
blast, sun and beach time may exacerbate teen acne if certain measures aren’t
Most teenagers will experience acne at some point during
their adolescent years. There are many reasons why teenagers have the highest
incidence of acne. Many parents attribute acne to poor diet or lack of
attention to proper skin hygiene. However, even though the above factors may increase
or prolong acne breakouts, the real cause of acne is a hormonal imbalance
related to adolescence that over stimulates the sebaceous glands.
A hallmark of teenage skin aside from pimples is
"greasy or oily skin". The appearance of oily skin goes hand in
hand with the increased appearance of acne. The oily skin is due to an over
secretion of sebum (skin oil) by the sebaceous glands. This over production of
sebum not only manifests itself as oily skin but can also lead to clogged pores
that are seen as "white heads" and "black heads." Once the
pores of the skin are clogged with sebum, they accumulate dead skin cells and
provide a perfect breeding ground for the growth of bacteria. This combination
of clogged pores and growth of bacteria is responsible for acne.
These oily skin symptoms often lead to two rather dangerous
myths regarding sun and teen acne
The Environmental Working Group does a fantastic job of composing a
comprehensive list of the best sunscreens every year. Visit their website for safe recommendations.
In addition – since teens love t-shirts and hats, encourage this - these
provide for excellent sun protection. And here is a little surprise. A white t-shirt will only provide SPF 7, and
when wet, SPF 3. A dark green t-shirt will give you SPF 10 (when NOT wet); and
black t-shirt, especially a thicker shirt, SPF up to 50! It is not surprising
as dark colors absorb sunrays, and thicker materials obviously provide for more
AcnEase works without
actually affecting circulating hormones and was designed to help stop both teen
and adult acne and prevent new acne from forming. It’s a win win situation for all.
What steps is your teen
currently taking now to treat acne? Tell
us in the comments. We’re here to help
your teen live a much happier life being acne-free, so don’t hesitate to reach
out to us.