you like it or not, now that you’re a teen, you get zits.
They creep up at the most annoying times, and their appearance might
leave you feeling miserable. Here's the good news: even though
zits are a major source of frustration, they can be dealt with.
Do you wonder if you have acne? Well, acne can mean any number
of conditions, at any level of severity, in which pimples, blackheads
or whiteheads develop on your skin.
Acne occurs on the face, neck, upper back and chest. These bumps
show up because pores become clogged with extra oil and dead skin
cells. Teenagers are prone to clogged pores because they experience
hormonal changes that start in puberty. These hormones trigger
oil glands to work overtime, creating a surplus of oil all over.
On your skin, oil gets trapped inside your pores along with dead
skin cells and other junk—that’s why those bumps keep
Some girls get one pimple a year, while others have severe acne
that doesn't seem to go away. If you've tried skin care products
from the drug store or if you have pretty intense acne, talk to
a dermatologist—a doctor who specializes in treating the
skin—about treatments. Besides over-the-counter products,
there are lots of medicines that a dermatologist can prescribe
that really help to clear up acne. Some of these medicines are
creams to put on your face while others are in pill form. Your
dermatologist may also prescribe birth control pills to help control
the hormones that trigger acne.