, both physically and emotionally. At the age of 13, her acne had become so bad that peers were calling her pizza face and virus, teasing her to the point where it was difficult to even leave her house. As she admitted in an interview with
that inspired thousands on how to treat, conceal and cover acne. Now at the age of 19, Bankson has the last laugh – walking the runways of New York Fashion Week and fulfilling her life’s dream of becoming a model.
What Causes Teen Acne?
During puberty, a teenager’s body begins producing hormones, known as androgens, which are produced in varied amounts depending on the individual. Teenagers who produce an excess amount of these hormones cause the oil glands to become over active, and when combined with dead skin cells at the surface of the face, contribute to the onset of acne. This combination traps oil and bacteria within the pore, making it impossible for the oil being produced to get to the skins surface, causing inflammation to the site. For boys, surging levels of testosterone as their muscles and bones expand contributes to most flare ups. While for girls, their pre-menstrual cycle, increasing estrogen levels and emotional mood swings are usually to blame. In addition to fluctuating hormones, other triggers of teenage acne include improper skin care, food allergies, and nutritional imbalances.
, teenagers can certainly take control and improve the appearance of their skin by following simple tips that may help prevent in future breakouts:
Squeezing does nothing more than push more bacteria and oil into pores, which causes further inflammation and may lead to acne scarring.
A CONSISTENT SKIN CARE REGIMEN
Using a proper skin care regimen may prevent breakouts and help in maintaining healthy skin. Harsh acne products can over-dry and irritate the skin, triggering the glands to produce even more oil which may result in more acne breakouts. For girls, removing makeup before bedtime is an effective way to prevent clogged pores and future breakouts.
STAY AWAY FROM GREASY FOODS
French fries are irresistible but for the acne prone it goes without saying, greasy foods may further contribute to the over production of oil in the body and face.
When Should a Teenager See a Doctor?
Being a teenager is hard enough as it is – but for teenagers that suffer from acne prone skin the effects can be traumatic, resulting in poor self esteem, depression and social anxiety. Teenagers from every background, nationality, shape and size will most likely experience the effects of acne during their teenage years. Like Cassandra Bankson, finding solutions to treat the acne is imperative to improve not only their acne, but also a teenager’s morale and self-esteem. “I used to sit back and let acne ruin my life. But it got to the point where I needed to do something to get myself out of the rut.”