Acne What is acne? Acne is the most common skin disease in the U.S. It’s caused by the action of hormones on the skin’s oil glands that leads to plugged pores and pimples. The basic acne lesion is actually an enlarged and plugged hair follicle. Most acne occurs on the face, neck, back, chest and shoulders. For most people, acne goes away by the time they reach their 30s.
Acne What are the common treatments for acne? Nonprescription topical (put directly on the skin) treatments for acne that are available include benzoyl peroxide, resorcinol, salicylic acid, and sulfur. Prescription topical medicines include antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide, tretinoin, adapalene, azelaic acid and tazarotene and adapalene. Prescription oral antibiotics (taken by mouth) include tetracycline, minocycline, doxycycline, clindamycin, erythromycin, sulfur and Accutane. Note: Any of these treatments may have side effects.
Acne What are the common causes of acne? Scientists are not sure, but believe it results from several factors. The first factor is an increase in male hormones. These hormones increase in both boys and girls during puberty. Hormonal changes can also cause acne. Another factor that appears to contribute to acne is genetics. In other words, you may inherit a tendency to develop acne.
Acne What things seem to contribute to increased acne? Hormone levels Hard scrubbing of the skin Friction caused by leaning or rubbing on the skin Air pollution and high humidity Opening the acne blemishes
Acne How should I care for my skin? Treat acne- Clean your skin gently Try not to touch your blemishes Shave carefully Avoid sunburn or suntan Choose oil-free cosmetics
Showering During your teenage years, your body is going through a number of changes. One of these changes is an increase in sweat and bodily odors. Showering-You should shower at least once every other day; showering daily is ideal if you do a lot of exercise or live in a hot area. During showers, wash your face with facial cleanser, use a body wash and clean your hair with both shampoo and conditioner. If you have problems such as acne or dandruff, it's important to use products designed to treat those conditions.
Perspiration Sweating is a normal and healthy response to heat, exertion, stress, anxiety and nervousness. Puberty causes sweat glands to become more active and secrete certain chemicals that can cause the body to have an odor. What to do…
Perspiration WEAR DEODORANT!!! Smelling fresh can be the key to making a good impression on others. Deodorant should be used by both young men and young women on a daily basis.
Oral Hygiene Proper oral care will help you to maintain healthy teeth and gums throughout life. When in school, you may be talking with others close enough to need fresh-smelling breath. It is important to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day Mouthwash provides extra benefits such as freshening your breath and killing oral bacteria that you missed while brushing.
Personal Hygiene Draw a good hygiene and poor hygiene teenager on the output side of your notebook.