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The skin undergoes significant changes during adolescence, especially due to the hormonal stimuli that occur during this period. Eighty percent of teenagers develop juvenile acne, which is characterized by the appearance of blackheads, pimples and nodules on the face and trunk. Furthermore, the sebaceous glands tend to be more active in adolescence, making the teenage skin oilier. Some important points of general care are:

Cleaning: daily care id critical to maintaining the teenager’s skin looking healthy. Daily cleaning with a soap suited to the skin type removes dead cells, fat and impurities. Generally, in adolescence, soaps and astringent lotions that remove excess sebum from the skin are recommended. Sponges or special brushes can be used to aid cleaning the skin.

Sun protection: sunscreen should be used from infancy and is also recommended for adolescents. Preferably, presentations in the form of gels or oil free are more suitable for adolescents with oily skin and a tendency towards acne. When exposed to the sun and when practicing outdoor sports or activities, the application of sunscreen is important, as is its re-application every two hours.


Common skin alterations in adolescents

Acne: is present in 80% of teenagers, and may occur on the face and/or trunk. According to the severity of the clinical manifestations, it may be mild, moderate or severe. Blackheads, pimples and cysts can be treated with topical or systemic medications, laser, photodynamic therapy and regular skin cleansing.

Ingrown hairs and folliculitis: inflammation and infection of ingrown hairs is very common in the areas where hair is commonly removed, such as the groin, in girls, and the beard, in boys. They may be treated with acids, soothing substances, and antibiotics. Lasers for hair removal usually eliminate the problem with better results.

Stretch marks: can occur in adolescence due to the ‘spurt’ of growth that commonly occurs in this stage of life. They usually appear on the back and arms in boys and breasts, thighs and flanks in girls. Stretch marks tend to appear earlier in females. Seek treatment for stretch marks as soon as they appear, as recent stretch marks (rosy and fine) respond best, while the treatments are painless and less expensive. Older stretch marks (white or striae alba) are more difficult to treat and the treatments are more expensive. Techniques such as serial microdermabrasion, microneedling, pulsed light and fractionated lasers are the most recommended.

Blemishes: Skin blemishes commonly appear in adolescence. They may take the form of simple ephelides (freckles), melasma, or other pathologies. Seek out a dermatologist to treat any type of skin blemish. Recommended treatments may include topical substances, lasers, light sources and peelings among others.

Cellulite: may appear in adolescence and its early treatment is important to prevent it worsening.