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Teens who struggle with acne may want to read this

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Not all skin care methods work for everyone so it’s important to know what works best for your skin type. Photo courtesy of Pexels

Scrolling through Instagram, it’s easy to find pictures of clear and glowing skin. How do they get nearly flawless faces? And what are the most common methods to clean and clear faces?

According to Cision PR Newswire,  71 percent of participants who’ve had acne feel that acne has a negative effect on body image and attractiveness, while 67 percent say it has a negative effect on self-esteem. The poll results further revealed that 72 percent of teens who use social media and have had acne agree most people their age are self-conscious about acne on social media.

little red dots splattered on cheeks, chins, and foreheads seem to be the reason these teenagers suffer from lowered self-esteem. This problem can be worsened by the bullies  who comment on photos using words like  “pizza face” or “crate face.”

According to WebMD, more than 85 percent of teenagers have this common skin problem, which is marked by clogged pores (whiteheads, blackheads), painful pimples and sometimes hard, deep lumps on the face, neck, shoulders, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms.

How does acne work? When a teenager goes through puberty there becomes an increase in hormones called androgens which is the leading cause of overactive oil glands; causing clogs in pores and breakouts.

There are clogged pores such as pimples, blackheads and whiteheads, papules which are raised lesions, pustules which are raised lesions with pus, cysts nodules filled with pus or fluid. Based on the acne type specific steps can be taken to help get rid of and prevent acne and acne scars. According to WebMD, acne vulgaris is the medical name for common acne, which is the presence of blackheads, whiteheads, and other types of pimples on the skin.

For the occasional inflamed pimple, there are a few options according to WebMD: Azelaic acid, Benzoyl peroxide, Glycolic acid, Lactic acid, Retinoids (medications that come from vitamin A), Salicylic acid and Various fruit acids.

According to WebMD, it helps to wash the face and neck twice daily: this applies for dry, oily and normal skin types. However, each skin type should be approached with different methods.

Using products that contain witch hazel or salicylic acid can help loosen up the buildup of dead skin cells, excess oil and dirt in your pores that cause acne.

Dr. Toni Phillips, Clinical Director at DestinationSkin, recommends avoiding products that cause dryness on the skin. As a result of using such products, one’s skin naturally produces more oil which leads to further pore clogging and the whole host of other nuisances on your skin.

Teenagers have a strong craving for junk food, sweet, salty and greasy. According to Naturally Savvy, eliminating processed foods that contain artificial dyes, saturated fats, high levels of sodium and sugar is one way to effectively reduce ingesting toxins that will seep through the skin, causing breakouts. In addition to following a whole foods diet, increase the consumption of water to flush out any toxins the body might have acquired.

Destiny Peterson

I am a senior at Gull Lake High School. This is my first and unfortunately last year in Newspaper. This will be my second year in the Performing Arts Company and will run Track and Field for a third year. I plan to go to college for a writing career and am really excited to get started.


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