Many teenagers develop acne at puberty due to hormonal changes that cause an increase in sebum production. This excess oily secretion leads to blocked pores that result in spots and pimples, many of which become infected, leading to larger eruptions. Acne occurs mainly on the face, but also on the neck, shoulders and back. It is more severe in boys than girls and usually clears up by the late teens or early twenties.
It frequently occurs in families, passing from one generation to the next. Stress, such as an approaching exams or meeting new people, can also cause acne to flare up.
For teenagers approaching the challengers of adolescence, acne can be one of the biggest trials and cause much embarrassment and unhappiness, as they are so self-conscious at this time.
Acne treated with conventional medications often returns when treatment discontinues, because it doesn’t address the fundamental underlying cause of the condition. There are many natural tips and treatments for acne as well as constitutional homeopathic treatment, that will treat the underlying cause and imbalance. However teenager’s immune system and hormonal balance will not be compromised.
It is important:
- Not to squeeze any spots as it may lead to infection.
- Wash the affected areas at least twice a day. Washing with hot water helps open the pores and rinsing straight after with cold water will help to close them down again.
- There are many natural lotions for acne in the health shops. Tee Tree oil preparations seem to be the most effective.
- To eat a wholesome diet, to eat enough fruits and vegetables. Exclude or minimise processed food, which contains large amount of salt and sugar. Reduce milk chocolate, which can aggravate acne.
- Not to be dehydrated and drink filtered water, not tap water.
- Use vitamins A and B, Zinc supplements.