Teens & acne
There are lots of acne washes and creams available in your local supermarket. However, the stronger stuff is usually sold in pharmacists. It’s often worthwhile to ask your chemist for advice.
- Aloe vera can be used as a treatment and is often found in creams or soaps. It’s a really wonderful natural healer for both internal and external ailments.
- Use a honey mask once or twice a week. Honey has antibacterial properties.
- Tea tree oil can also be helpful as it too is an anti bacterial herb.
- Make sure your teen gets enough Vitamin A (from carrots, organ meats and dairy) and Vitamin C (from fresh fruit and veg) in your diet as both are very important for the skin and they help with acne.
- You aren’t alone in having spots so don’t let them ruin your confidence. Always hold your head up high and smile. People will notice your confidence, not your skin.
- Instead of obsessing about your spots, be pro-active. Get treatment, keep your skin clean and then try to forget about them.
- People might notice your spots, but if they get the chance to know you, they’ll forget all about them and like you for your sparkling personality.
- If anyone is cruel enough to tease you about your spots, try to be strong and ignore them. Of course, it’s hurtful but remember it’s their problem not yours.
- Pay a visit to your GP or a dermatologist and see what they can do, as there are loads of medicines available to treat acne.
- While you are waiting for results from your medication you can try medicated concealer sticks. Just dab a little on the spot itself: not all over your face. Remember boys can use concealer too!
- This might not make sense but over washing is bad news for acne. Washing your face too much will just over stimulate the oil glands causing more oil to be produced. Stick to gentle facial washing twice a day and if you have sensitive skin, choose a soap or cleanser that is especially formulated for your skin type.