Top Teen Skin Problems – and How To Solve Them
The teen years can be filled with angst – the last thing you need is troubled skin. WebMD asked the experts for solutions to the most common teen skin problems.
Teen Skin Problem No. 2: Oily Skin continued...
"It actually interacts with the oil glands themselves to get them to be less
active. In a sense, it causes them to 'go to sleep' for up to a year, so oil
production is dramatically down," says Crutchfield.
When the glands "wake back up", in anywhere from a few months to a year,
additional treatments can put them back to bed in no time.
What you don't want to do is wash your face excessively, trying to get rid
of the oil.
"The 'squeaky clean' feeling people get from using soaps is derived from
stripping the fatty oils from our skin, and is more harmful than good," says
Instead, use a gentle cleanser and wash no more than twice a day.
Teen Skin Problem No. 3: Excess Sweating
Be it on the palms of your hands and soles of your feet, under your arms, in
your scalp, or anywhere on your body, if you often find yourself drenched in
perspiration, you're not alone. Doctors say this is a major issue for many
The problem, says Resnik, can result from two distinct conditions. The
first, he says, is caused by stress - with excess sweating most often occurring
under the arms.
"For this situation, all you need is a maximum-strength antiperspirant like
Maxim or Certain-Dri, which can really reduce perspiration output," he
They work by plugging the sweat ducts so the perspiration never reaches the
skin. If over-the-counter antiperspirants don't seem to help, he says, your
doctor can prescribe medical- strength products.
When heavy sweating occurs on a regular basis, you may be experiencing what
doctors call "hyperhidrosis." This condition is characterized by excessive
sweating on the palms, soles, and underarms, and sometimes, the face.
"This can be a terribly isolating condition for a teen -- so much so that
many won't it even bring it up their pediatrician or family doctor," says
Treatment includes minimally invasive surgical treatments that target the
sweat glands, as well as Botox -- the same substance used as a wrinkle
treatment. In this case, tiny amounts of the purified botulinum A toxin is
injected into sweat glands to block the release of a neurotransmitter or brain
chemical called acetycholine, which is linked to sweating.