This is something as a parent you may ask yourself if your teen is struggling with acne.
I see a lot of teenagers for skin treatments. These are probably my favourite treatments to do. The breakouts that they are experiencing may not seem to bother them at all, but in my 29 years of experience it does on some level. It affects their confidence most of all and it is only when we get to the end of their course of treatments and they see the results, that they open up to me about how much their acne was affecting their self esteem.
To educate teenagers about their skin and make a real difference to them is the most rewarding part of my job. Those of you that know me know how passionate I am about this.
The most frustrating issue for me is when I see a teen client for the first time who has been to see a GP for medical help with breakouts. The GP has prescribed a topical treatment, they’ve gone home and used their off the shelf acne products and have messed up their skin barrier so that it is sore, inflamed, flaky and dehydrated – and they still experience breakouts. In fact, it can often look worse than before. There are only certain treatments that I can perform and ingredients that I can use whilst teens are on acne medication. The first process is to treat the inflammation and dehydration and repair the skin’s barrier. Only then can I do what I do best and treat the acne to help reduce the scarring and post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.
When talking to my teen clients that have been prescribed medication for their skin, I ask them what did the doctor say? Did they ask you what you are using at home? Did they tell you what ingredients to avoid while on the medication and that you shouldn’t be exfoliating? Did they tell you to wear SPF every day and the importance in doing this? The answer every time is “NO! They just said to wash my face and use SPF. “
The GP should not aways be the first port of call when it comes to Acne. This CAN be treated without medication. A lot of my teen clients just need a good skin treatment with extraction (sometimes a course of treatments), education about their skin and a good skin care routine. For more stubborn acne it takes time, patience and consistency to get results.
This is what your teen will get when you book an appointment with a professional skin therapist.
- A thorough consultation which will go through health, medications, lifestyle, stress levels, skin concerns, goals, and an examination of their skincare routine (if any!).
- Their skin will be looked at through a magnifying lamp and a face mapping skin analysis will be done, which looks at each area of their skin close up to see what is going on.
- A skin treatment plan that is bespoke to each client. They will be asked to keep a food diary to be brought with them to their next appointment.
- A skin fitness plan of recommended products for home use and samples, and are explained and shown how to use them.
- They will be told which ingredients they need to look for in products and which to avoid (especially if they are on medication for their skin).
- An explanation as to why it is so important to be wearing SPF every day so that they understand the reason.
Their self esteem and confidence will grow when they see that their skin is improving and that they have the knowledge to help make this change.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t take your teen to see a GP, I’m saying that there are other options. Education about skincare is key. By educating your teen on how to look after their skin you are already halfway there to skin health. Book an appointment with a professional skin therapist and you may not ever need to step into a doctor’s surgery about your acne.
To make an appointment to see me for a consultation or skin treatment please email me email@example.com or WhatsApp me on 07961508224
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