Acne Treatments for Teens: Get Back-to-School Ready Skin

Teen girl with acne problem applying cream using mirror in bathroom

As teenagers prepare to head back to school, they’ve got plenty to worry about without adding acne breakouts to the mix.

This common skin condition can cause physical discomfort and emotional distress — something that young people hardly need more of during their formative years.

Though not entirely preventable, skin specialists have developed effective treatments to help treat different types and causes of acne and prevent future breakouts. At Dania Dermatology, our experienced skin health professionals can help your teen heal their acne and boost their confidence and self-esteem. Let’s look at the options.

1. Topical Treatments for Teen Acne

One of the first lines of defense against breakouts is topical creams and ointments. Over-the-counter products containing ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or lactic acid have proven effective in mild cases.

These treatments reduce oil production and promote faster skin-cell turnover, preventing the formation of blemishes. In more severe cases, prescription topical treatments with higher concentrations of active ingredients may be recommended by a dermatologist.

These prescription treatments often provide more potent acne-fighting benefits.

2. Oral Prescription Medications

In moderate cases of acne, dermatologists often prescribe oral antibiotics to reduce bacteria and inflammation. These antibiotics can be used in conjunction with topical treatments for enhanced effectiveness. In more severe cases, dermatologists may also prescribe isotretinoin.

In either case, achieving the best results means strictly following the dermatologist’s instructions and taking any prescribed medications exactly as directed. For women, oral contraceptives may also be prescribed to treat moderate cases effectively.

3. Scar Treatment

For some teens, severe acne breakouts can lead to scarring, which can be emotionally distressing, to say the least. Fortunately, there are scar treatment options available to help smooth the skin and minimize their visibility.

Dermatologists can also recommend procedures like skin fillers, dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, or laser treatment to improve the skin’s texture and minimize scarring. These treatments can provide significant improvements in the appearance of acne scars.

Schedule a Consultation Today

If your teen is struggling with acne and over-the-counter treatments are not providing satisfactory results, it’s time to seek the expertise of a dermatologist.

In Dania Beach, Florida, Dania Dermatology offers specialized acne treatments tailored to each individual’s needs. Schedule a consultation with Dania Dermatology today by calling 954-807-9433 or reaching out online.

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