Why do I have Acne?

Your acne could be caused by hormones, exercise and stress. Almost 8 in 10 teens have acne.

What Causes Acne?

Acne is a common skin condition involving many different types of bumps such as blackheads and pimples. One possible cause could be due to your hormonal changes that happen to your body during puberty. Exercise is another cause of acne due to sweat clogging your pores. Stress is also a trigger, due to an increase of hormones and sweat.

How do I make it go away?

The easiest way to keep your acne to a minimum is good hygiene. You should clean your face with warm water and a mild soap once or twice a day. Avoid touching your break out areas with your hands so you don’t add oils and bacteria to your skin. Cut down on eating fast food and other greasy foods like pizza and french fries, which can make your skin worse.

Should I see my doctor?

If soap or special skin products are not helping, speak to a dermatologist, a doctor who specializes in skin care. A dermatologist can prescribe medicine for your skin condition. For girls, you can ask your doctor about birth control, which is great for clearing up your skin and preventing pregnancy. You are able to get birth control FREE and CONFIDENTIALLY at the Teen Health Center.

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