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. 3: Excess Sweating continued...
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.
The treatment lasts up to eight months, and can be repeated.
In addition, the American Academy of Dermatology also offers these tips to
control excess perspiration:
- Wear natural fibers like cotton, which are cooler and absorb sweat.
- Use absorbent inner soles and try to alternate shoes, leaving a day in
between wearings so they can dry out.
- Avoid foods and drinks that seem to trigger sweating. These are different
for everybody, but some doctors say they may include spicy dishes, or very hot
liquids such as soups.
Finally, for the most severe cases of hyperhidrosis, surgery can be
performed on the nerve bundles that control sweating. This is very specialized
surgery, usually available only at major medical centers.
Teen Skin Problem No. 4: Warts
If you find yourself stuffing your hands in your pockets every chance you
get, you may be trying to hide warts. These fleshy colored, or sometimes dark,
lumps and bumps can grow under fingernails, on your fingers, on the backs of
the hands, or on the soles of the feet. Caused by a virus, doctors say warts
seems to impact teens the most.
"Warts are very common in teen years, and happen at a time when even a minor
imperfection can seem to cause major problems," says Schlessinger.
There are many treatments for warts, says Schlesinger. They include freezing
the growths with liquid nitrogen, or burning them off with a laser or a
chemical treatment. While the treatments sometimes work, warts can come
The best way to avoid getting warts is to avoid biting your nails or
injuring your hands. Skin that is injured appears to be more susceptible to the
Most warts go away without any treatment within about two years. And warts
are not dangerous. But if you have warts that disturb you, your primary health
care practitioner can discuss various treatment options with you.
Teen Skin Problem No. 5: Eczema/Atopic Dermatitis
Although more common in younger children, experts say that sometimes, these
patches of dry, scaly, reddened skin follow kids into their teen years.
"Many teens involves in sports find their childhood eczema grows worse,
frequently aggravated by trauma or by sporting equipment worn on the knees or
ankles, for example," says Schlessinger.
Sometimes, a non-perfumed, heavy-duty moisturizer is all you need. Experts
say this is particularly important if you shower after sports and go out into
cold weather, which can further dry and irritate skin. Just apply the
moisturizing lotion immediately after showering, bathing, or swimming.
"If a moisturizer doesn't help - or if the skin begins 'weeping,' oozing, or
it becomes significantly red or itchy, it's time to see a dermatologist, who
can prescribe medications that can help," says Schlessinger.
These include both topical and oral preparations, and prescription-strength
moisturizers. Your primary-care provider can also prescribe such