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Your pediatrics practice and your teenager’s acne

Along with growth spurts and a sudden interest in the opposite or sometimes the same sex, one of the surest signs of onrushing puberty your pediatric practice knows about is the appearance of acne. It may help a little to understand how acne happens and what, if anything, can be done about it.

How much does washing help?

Acne isn’t caused by dirty skin, and can only partly be helped by washing. Teenagers’ skin produces a lot more oil than it did when they were children. What causes acne is inflammation of the pores of your skin. They get clogged by oil, dirt and dead skin cells, and infected matter builds up inside the blocked pore. A clogged pore without infected matter is called a blackhead. Washing regularly can ease the problem a little by removing oil and other matter. Washing too much or too hard can irritate and dry out the skin, making it worse.

One thing that may help a little is washing the face, chest and back after exercising or doing anything else to work up a sweat. Dried sweat is another one of the things that can clog the pores.

How to control acne with minimal zit-popping

The temptation to pop zits is almost irresistible. The trouble with doing this, especially with zits that aren’t fully developed, is that it can push the blockage and infected matter deeper into the skin, making the pimple worse. Even in the case of blackheads, doing it in such a way as to get the tiny plug cleanly out of the tiny pore requires greater manual dexterity than most people possess.

The best way to control acne is to start with over-the-counter medications. They may or may not work, but you should encourage your children to give them a try. You should also encourage your son or daughter to talk with your Gastonia, NC pediatrics practice for more advice, but in order to get prescription acne medication you should let him or her refer you to a dermatologist. If you get a prescription, be sure to keep taking it even after the acne has cleared up.

A pediatrics practice in Gastonia, NC

Gastonia Pediatric Associates is a pediatrics practice in a convenient location in the Charlotte, NC area. It is one of the first medical practices for children in this area, and is owned and directed by its own physicians. It offers medical advice for parents 24 hours a day, and has provided personalized service to three generations of families. Its staff includes three physicians and three nursing staff. If you have a teenage son or daughter with an acne problem and you need a pediatrics clinic, contact Gastonia Pediatrics today.