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Acne is a major concern for many pre-teens and adolescents. About 17 million people have acne in the US alone, and roughly 80 percent of all pre-teens and teens will get experience acne at some point in their lifetime. Here’s what you need to know about acne, how to prevent and manage it, and what questions parents can ask healthcare providers when it comes to their pre-teen’s acne.
What is Acne?
Acne is a common skin condition that manifests itself as various types of bumps on the skin. These bumps develop when the pores of the skin get clogged with oil, dead skin and bacteria. There are a few types of acne bumps:
When and Why Acne Develops
Acne used to be seen only as a teen issue, but many pre-teens are experiencing it earlier and earlier. Acne is often due to hormonal changes that accompany puberty around this age—hormones lead to more oil secretion, and when this reaches a certain point, the pores may become clogged result in acne. Stress and family history of acne may also play a role in acne development.
There are several areas you or your child can consider to keep acne from forming or spreading:
Even with these prevention techniques, however, not all cases of acne can be prevented. If acne does occur, some possible solutions include:
Questions to Ask
Here are some questions to ask regarding acne care for your child:
Your family doctor can offer further recommendations on preventing or managing adolescent acne.
Revere Health Orem Family Medicine is devoted to comprehensive healthcare for patients of all ages, and committed to provide thorough and timely health care for the entire family throughout all stages of life.
“Acne.” KidsHealth.org. https://kidshealth.org/en/kids/acne.html#
“Pre-teens and acne. Ugh! Starting already?” Dr. Leslie Greenberg’s Blog. https://drlesliegreenberg.com/2013/10/18/pre-teens-and-acne-ugh-starting-already/
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.