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Tackling Teenage Skin Problems

Sep 30, 2016 12:15PM

School is back in session, and fall sports are underway. It’s difficult to admit, but teenage acne can be a social barrier and a challenge to control during puberty. The tendency to over-treat the skin just isn’t effective, as this can cause aggravation and exacerbate the problem. 

The course of treatment usually goes begins with a trip to the drugstore to purchase over-the-counter remedies, but without proper instruction before use, these products can cause dryness and irritation. Next, comes a trip to a doctor’s office where antibiotics or harsh topical treatments are prescribed. This is where a skilled and knowledgeable esthetician can provide supportive, long-term care.   

Common causes of acne are hormones, hyperkeratinization (dead cells on the skin’s outermost layer), bacteria and poor lifestyle habits. An esthetician can identify these underlying causes, make recommendations and suggest effective treatments.   

Acne not gender specific. Boys usually experience their worst breakouts between ages 16–19, while girls often experience this between ages 14–17. About 85% of people aged 12–24 experience at least minor acne. Learning proper skin care will lead to a lifetime of healthier skin. 

Acne is not even limited to teenage skin. Adult acne sufferers face similar issues with treatment. Proper guidance, appropriate regular treatments, consistent at-home care regimens and, when necessary medical follow-ups are essential factors in managing acne prone skin. The goal is to keep pH levels balanced to maintain healthy, strong skin.   


Contact Nancy Brown, Licensed Esthetician at Four Pillars, for more information and a free skin consultation. Teen Facial Cost: $55, Adult Breakout Control Treatment Cost: $80. Location: 8209 Nature’s Way, Suite 221, Lakewood Ranch. Fore more information, call 941-373-3955 or visit 



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