As kids grow into their teen years, many bodily changes occur. Puberty brings on voice changes, sexual changes, emotional ups and downs, and those dreaded pimples. Just when your teen is highly sensitive about their looks, up pops a zit. Not every kid needs to get treatment, but here some are signs your teen should see a dermatologist for acne.
Why Teens Are Susceptible To Acne
85% of teenagers will suffer with some form of acne. This is due to hormones and their sebaceous and sweat glands working overtime. The environment you live in, their diet, too many refined carbs, and of course, genetics all play a part too.
If your child is lucky enough to have only mild cases of acne breakouts, you can find many OTC products to reduce the problem. Especially helpful are products containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.
Signs And Neon Signs
There are certain situations where you will know without a doubt it’s time to see Goodless Dermatology for your teen’s acne. One big sign will be that they ask to go. Kids don’t like going to doctors so this should encourage you to concede. Parents should think of the need to see a dermatologist as the difference between normal signs and neon signs.
Let’s look at some of the following signs your teen should see a dermatologist for acne:
- Over the counter products are not producing results. This is especially true after 3 months.
- If the acne breakouts are getting worse and more frequent
- If you begin to see acne scars starting to develop
- If the acne begins to exhibit signs of cysts and large red inflamed areas. These changes can lead to infections.
- If your teen becomes withdrawn, depressed, and becomes so self-conscious, they don’t want to socialize
All of these signs should encourage you to make an appointment as soon as possible. Many acne issues can be treated, but it’s best to start early.
Some neon signs, or bright “look at me” signs that your child should see a dermatologist for acne include the following:
- If a boy 9 years old or younger develops acne, this could be a problem with his pituitary gland or his adrenal glands.
- If a girl is troubled with stubborn acne accompanied with weight gain, and excess facial hair, this could be an early sign of polycystic ovary syndrome, (PCOS) a hormonal disorder.
The goal of any dermatologist in dealing with teen acne is to get results with the least amount of drugs and side effects.