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Acne in Adolescent Females

Teen Acne in Females

The causes of acne are the same for both male and female patients.  Acne occurs due to an overproduction of sebum that clogs the skink’s pores.  Because acne is triggered by hormonal activity, it is most common in teens going through puberty.  However, because females reach puberty earlier than their male counterparts, they must deal with acne at an earlier age.  Additionally, female teens must contend with the hormonal changes associated with their menstrual cycles, and acne can flare before and during the cycle.  The good news is that female teens are much more likely to seek the care of a dermatologist and follow prescribed regimens than males, so acne in teenage females tends to respond better than in males.  However, this is where the differences end.  The goal for treating acne is to lower sebum production, kill acne-causing bacteria, and exfoliate dead skin cells.  Depending on how severe the patient’s acne is, treatment can range from using over-the-counter products to topical prescription treatments and/or oral prescription medication.  When a patient has acne, she wants it gone NOW, or better yet – yesterday, but that is not a realistic treatment goal.  Treating acne takes time, patience, and consistently following the dermatologist’s instructions. For example, if given a prescription for topical and/or oral treatment, it may take six to eight weeks to begin seeing an improvement in breakouts.  The medical and cosmetic dermatologists at West Houston Dermatology Laser & Skin Care Center are here to not only treat acne in teenage patients, but also to educate patients about their skin condition and how to take care of their skin.  Our goals for treating acne are the same as our patients’ – to treat the breakouts, prevent and limit future breakouts, and prevent or limit scarring from acne.