Pimples and acne: A teen’s nightmare

Skin eruptions can lead to permanent scarring. Our expert helps you deal with the problem.

Acne, a common skin condition, appears when the body goes through physical changes and glandular secretions increase. Due to this reason, adolescents are the main victims of an acne condition. In many cases, the condition reduces after puberty and may disappear. Had this been all, there would be no cause for anxiety. But, acne can cause deep, permanent scars. It is a misconception that acne is something teenagers must live with and “grow out of “.

Prompt action pays

Yes, acne may disappear with time, but the havoc it wrecks, in terms of scarring, will remain. Therefore, it is imperative that the condition be checked from spreading, with appropriate measures taken in good time. One must learn to understand the skin and give it the kind of care that it needs. One should also recognize the value of professional care and seek help in good time.

A teenager’s nightmare

A great deal of hormonal activity takes place during puberty. The oil glands are stimulated, leading to excessive secretion of oil. That is why teenagers are confronted with an oily skin, which is prone to blackheads, spots, pimples and acne.

It is probable that the hair and scalp are also oily. The oil secreted by the sebaceous glands hardens and clogs the pores. This causes the pores to become stretched and enlarged. That is why an oily skin has large pores and a coarse texture, while it is the clogging of pores which gives rise to blackheads. If a pore is totally blocked, the oil gland can become infected, leading to pimples and if this infection proceeds unchecked it leads to destruction of skin tissue and eventual scarring.

Things to keep in mind

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