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Teen Acne: Preparing for a New School Year

As the first bell rings this school year, you want your teen to enter those halls with confidence and ready to work hard, without distraction. Teen acne is common but can be distracting and worrisome. Start your teen off right this school year by crafting a new back-to-school skin care routine based on these tips, brought to you by the experts at Collins Advanced Dermatology Institute.

Once the school year chaos kicks in, it can be difficult to maintain a healthy diet. Foods that are skin friendly are fruits and vegetables, as their natural vitamins and antioxidants boost your teen’s immune system, resulting in overall skin and body health. Another important factor is remembering to stay hydrated, by bringing a water bottle to school, to stay hydrated throughout the day. Drinking water fights off bacteria, reduces inflammation, and keeps the skin looking fresh and supple.

As the school stress sets in, maintaining a normal sleep schedule can be hard for teens. Experts have studied the link between lack of sleep and inflammation, and the importance of proper sleep. Being tired stresses the body, raising cortisol levels, which can aggravate acne. Allowing more time for rest each night can help the immune system and repair centers to do their work, which involves mending and protecting your skin. Avoiding high levels of stress and resisting the urge to pick or pop acne, as this can cause scarring and can spread the acne-causing bacteria, which results in more acne breakouts. At Collins Advanced Dermatology Institute, we offer many products and treatments, which we can tailor to your teen’s needs. A popular treatment amongst our patients is the Acne Clearing Facial. This 30-minute treatment is designed to reduce breakouts, clogged pores, redness and general irritation of acne. The treatment starts with exfoliation to remove the outermost dead skin cells preparing the skin for extractions. The most important part of this treatment is to remove existing clogged pores. Personalized serums, creams or prescriptions are used depending on the skin type to speed healing and reduce redness. All skin types will benefit from this procedure and treatments are safe.

A great line of products we carry and offer to our patients is from NeoStrata®. NeoStrata is a physician-dispensed skin care brand formulated to improve the visible signs of aging and treat dermatological conditions including acne, dry skin, hyperkeratosis, skin clarity and more with advanced Hydroxy Acid technology including Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), Polyhydroxy Acids (PHAs) and Polyhydroxy Bionic Acids. This trusted brand carries various formulations for specific skin types. Maintaining a steady skin care routine, day and night can help protect your teen’s skin from dirt and oil buildup between dermatology appointments. One of our providers can help discuss your teen’s acne issue to find the correct acne product and combination.

If treating teen acne is proving to be more challenging, ask one of our expert providers about Sciton Blue Light Acne Treatment. This non-invasive light therapy procedure targets active acne cysts, the sebaceous glands and the bacteria that causes acne, without harming the surrounding tissues. Not only does it diminish further outbreaks and allow the skin to heal faster, but it reduces inflammation and in most cases, it reduces the need for oral antibiotics.

For any questions about acne-clearing medications, light therapy treatments, or for a skin care routine tailored to fit your needs, visit Collins Advanced Dermatology Institute, or call or make an appointment online.