For a teenager, no time of year holds more promise than summer, when they have longer days and fewer responsibilities. They treasure the chance to relax, watching hours of TV or hanging out at the beach with their friends. Still, there’s one little assignment we’d like to suggest for this summer — and that is banishing acne and uncovering clearer skin!
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, about 85 percent
of people between 12 and 24 have some form of acne. That’s a lot of self-conscious young adults for whom small changes could make a big difference. Teenagers can start clearing up their skin with a basic anti-acne regimen: a gentle cleanser, a salicylic acid or retinol serum, and a lightweight moisturizer. We recommend clinical brands like EltaMD and SkinCeuticals.
Fortunately, summer is the perfect time for a teenager to try a new skin care routine or treatment. They won’t have to go to school if they experience a skin purge
—the phenomenon where acne gets worse before it gets better. Better yet, they’ll have a clear complexion in time for the school year, so they can truly have a fresh start.
When your teenager has already tried every skin care product at the drugstore, it can seem as though their acne is here to stay. It’s a discouraging feeling! If you’ve tried all the low-hanging fruit, or you’re tired of waiting for results, then it’s time to see a board-certified dermatologist.
What can dermatologists do for acne sufferers that nobody else can? For one thing, practitioners like ours can work with teenagers to create a personalized skin care routine, complete with medical-grade skincare products. We can also do targeted in-office procedures, like laser treatments or chemical peels. These procedures are safe and nonsurgical, and they usually involve little to no pain. After a 1-3 treatments, our patients walk out the door feeling prouder of the face they show to the world, and that’s priceless!
For at-home care, we recommend this West Dermatology Acne Clearing Regime for a clearer complexion:
- CLEANSE - Gly / Sal 2-2 Foaming Cleanser $32: This specially formulated oily skin cleanser delivers ultra pure glycolic acid and salicylic acid USP, 2% for gently cleansing acne prone and oily skin.
- CLEANSE MEDICATED - Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Wash w/ Aloe Vera $22.50: a therapeutic cleanser containing a combination of benzoyl peroxide USP 10% with soothing aloe vera gel for the treatment of acne.
- TONE - Gly / Sal 5-2 Pads $26.50: Salicylic acid USP, and glycolic acid are used in combination with hydrating ingredients in these easy-to-use pads to promote exfoliation, control oil, reduce breakouts and clogged pores. They help enhance skin clarity and are pH balanced.
- TREAT - Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% Gel $18: This gel is the perfect spot treatment utilizing the antibacterial properties of benzoyl peroxide USP, 2.5%.
We can’t wait to make a difference for your child’s skin—and self-image. Feel free to give us a call to schedule an in-clinic or TeleDerm visit for treatment, or click HERE
to schedule your appointment today!
Yours in good health,
Your West Dermatology Team