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Why Acne Care is Hard for Teenagers

Patch Kroll • Oct 12, 2023

It’s no secret that teenagers struggle more with acne and pimples than adults, but why is that? After years of studying cases, the FRONTMAN team believes these to be the most common reasons.

1. Hormonal Fluctuations

The primary reason why teenagers suffer from acne more than any other age group is the hormonal changes they undergo during puberty. Androgens, which increase in both boys and girls during this time, can cause sebaceous glands to enlarge and produce more sebum (oil). This excess sebum can clog pores, leading to the formation of pimples.

2. Peer Pressure and Self-Esteem

The teenage years are a time of identity formation and establishing self-worth. With media constantly showcasing clear-skinned models and celebrities, teenagers often feel an immense pressure to have flawless skin. This makes dealing with acne even more emotionally taxing, leading to feelings of inadequacy or decreased self-confidence.

3. Lack of Knowledge

Teenagers might not always have the right information about acne care. With countless myths circulating (like junk food causing acne or the notion that one should let acne "run its course"), it's hard for them to discern fact from fiction. Without proper knowledge, they might inadvertently worsen their skin condition.

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4. Overzealous Treatments

In their desperation to get rid of acne, many teenagers tend to go overboard with treatments. Over-washing the face, using harsh scrubs, or applying too many topical products can further irritate the skin and exacerbate acne.

5. Financial Constraints

Effective acne treatments can sometimes be pricey. Whether it's over-the-counter products, prescription medications, or dermatological treatments, not all teenagers have the means to access or afford them.

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 6. Inconsistent Routines

Teenagers often have packed schedules with school, extracurricular activities, and social events. This can make it hard for them to establish and stick to a consistent skincare routine, which is essential for managing acne.

7. Trial and Error

Not all acne products work for everyone. It takes a process of trial and error to find what's effective for an individual's unique skin. This can be frustrating and disheartening for teenagers who want quick results.

8. Stress

The teenage years can be stressful with academic pressures, social dynamics, and planning for the future. Stress has been linked to acne flare-ups, creating a vicious cycle where stress-induced acne causes more stress.

9. Dietary Factors

While the direct link between diet and acne is still a topic of research, some studies suggest that certain foods can exacerbate acne in some people. With erratic eating habits and the allure of fast food, teenagers might unknowingly consume foods that trigger their acne.

10. Long-term Perspective

Lastly, teenagers might not always recognize the importance of long-term care. They might expect immediate results and get disheartened when they don't see them. Consistent care and patience are key in acne management, and it's important for teenagers to understand this.

In conclusion, while the teenage years are filled with growth and discovery, they also come with the unique challenge of managing acne. With proper knowledge, understanding, and support, teenagers can navigate this tricky terrain and cultivate healthy skincare habits that will benefit them for years to come. Luckily we've made it as simple as possible with our Clear Skin Kit.