There are some things that all teenagers have in common. Their bodies are all changing at very rapid pace and these changes are not always easy for them to understand. They are starting to try to take more control of their lives as they approach adulthood and are less likely to heed the advice of adults. When a young child hits the teenage years they think they know it all and that they are right about everything. Teenagers are at a time in their life when they can make decisions and that allows marketers to start to target them.  Companies realize that teenagers can spend a lot of money.

They are responsible for their own money and they have a large influence over how the adults in their life spend their money. If a teenager wants something they will often be able to convince their parents to buy it for them. This is why marketers will aggressively advertise products that are perfect for teenagers. Acne medication is one of the products that interests teenagers.

Teenagers with Acne

Applying acne medicationOne of the things that most teenagers face is acne breakouts. The teenage years are a time when the body is changing and one of the changes include more blemishes appearing on the face. The pimples that can form never seem to happen at a good time. They will always appear right before a big date or some other event that will impact the teenager’s life.  Often times these pimples make the teenagers feel like the world is coming to an end. The desire to get rid of the pimples opens the door for companies that offer products to clear up the skin.

The television and internet are full of advertisements for products that promise to get rid of pimples overnight.  The ads attempt to make their product seem like it will work the best, but if a teenager really wants to get results they need to understand what causes acne and how it can be prevented and treated effectively. When they have this knowledge, they will be able to find the right product that will help them deal with their acne.

What is Acne

The skin is full of pores and hair follicles.  The hair follicles secrete oils that are released through the pores in the skin. If the pores are blocked, the oils cannot escape. This creates the perfect medium for bacteria in which to live. These bacteria will grow into what is called a pimple. There are primarily two different kinds of pimples. Whiteheads occur when the pores are completely blocked. Blackheads are formed when the pores have a small opening that allows oxygen to reach the bacteria. The bacteria become black when they are oxidized which is where the name comes from.  The acne medication that is being marketed will often treat both of these types of pimples since they are similar in many ways.

Types of Medicine

Acne MedicationWhen it comes to the different types of medication that can be found for acne they fall into a few categories. There are the home remedies for acne that anyone can do with things they already have in their home. Some of these can help, while others will not be as effective.  The best home remedies are the ones that help to reduce skin bacteria and that promote good overall skin health.

Topical Solutions

Over the counter solutions are the most popular. They can be found at the local drug store, at online retailers and many other places.  When you are talking about over the counter products you are usually looking at topical solutions. These try to resolve the blemishes from the outside in. There are two types of topical solutions that are commonly used. They are antimicrobial and retinoid. The antimicrobial are used to fight the bacteria that causes the pimples. They are capable of eliminating the pimples entirely or at least reducing the size of the pimples.

They do not work immediately, but some of them will be able to provide relief in a fairly quick manner. The actual time that it takes for these acne medications to work  will depend on a variety of factors including the severity of the breakout, the overall skin condition of the individual and the environment that the individual lives in.

Retinoid acne products work by helping unblock the pores of the skin.  This means that there is less of a chance of a breakout in the first place and also a quicker resolution of the breakouts that have occurred.  Retinoid topical solutions are a derivative of vitamin A, which is one of the most important vitamins when it comes to skin health.

Oral Solutions

There are products available that can help fight acne blemishes when they are taking orally. Almost all of the oral medications will need to be prescribed by a doctor. They are an antibiotic that can help fight the infections that causes acne breakouts. Oral medications are not usually needed for the mild cases of acne that most teenagers will suffer from. They are better suited for more severe breakouts and can be used as a long term solution for people who suffer from acne. Oral contraceptives have also been effective at helping prevent acne breakouts from occurring when they are used in a therapeutic way. Teenagers who think that oral medications are needed should make sure to consult with a dermatologist to come up with a plan to treat their acne that can include oral solutions.

Teenagers do not have to sit silently and suffer from acne. There has been too much research that has been done to allow this. We now understand the importance of a healthy diet along with an active, healthy lifestyle to keep the skin as healthy as possible. When there are breakouts, it is easy to use a product that will help limit the severity of the breakouts. The key to dealing with the problems of teenage acne is diligence.  If a combination of acne medication and healthy lifestyle choices are used, the number of times that a teenager has to deal with an embarrassing pimple will be dramatically reduced.  This is true now and in the future it will look even better.