Teen Skin Problems: Acne, Oily Skin, Sweating, & More


From breakouts that come out of the blue, to those funky finger warts that makes you feel like everyone’s staring, to an oily Acne.

Day says that stresses associated with teen life can also be a contributing factor.

What can help? For many teens, over-the-counter makeup. Instead, buy a compounded tinted drying lotion and use that to hide it and help speed healing.

Teen Skin Problem No. 2: Oily Skin

Although oily skin and acne often go hand-in-hand, this isn’t always the case. Some teens suffer from oily skin alone.

If your complexion is oily but you’re not breaking out, there are two treatment approaches.

“You can use topical treatments to ‘mop up’ the oil, or you can get to the root of the problem which is excess oil production, and shut it down – and both methods can work very well,” says Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD, clinical associate professor of dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School Medical.

To mop it up, Crutchfield says, choose products containing alcohol, such as a “drying solution” that soaks up excess oil on the surface of the skin. You can also use a blotting product — sheets of specially treated paper that you touch to your face to absorb oil.

Resnik often recommends an “oil inhibitor” like OC 8. “It utilizes an absorbent technology to reduce shine and it’s very effective and suitable for all skin types,” he says.

If none of these do the trick, Crutchfield says, professional laser treatments can help. He notes that the Aramis laser, for example, is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of oil production in acne.

“It actually interacts with the oil glands themselves to get them to be less active. In a sense, it causes them to ‘go to sleep’ for up to a year, so oil production is dramatically down,” says Crutchfield.

When the glands “wake back up”, in anywhere from a few months to a year, additional treatments can put them back to bed in no time.

What you don’t want to do is wash your face excessively, trying to get rid of the oil.

“The ‘squeaky clean’ feeling people get from using soaps is derived from stripping the fatty oils from our skin, and is more harmful than good,” says Resnik.

Instead, use a gentle cleanser and wash no more than twice a day.

Teen Skin Problem No. 3: Excess Sweating

Be it on the palms of your hands and soles of your feet, under your arms, in your scalp, or anywhere on your body, if you often find yourself drenched in perspiration, you’re not alone. Doctors say this is a major issue for many teens.

The problem, says Resnik, can result from two distinct conditions. The first, he says, is caused by stress – with excess Botox — the same substance used as a wrinkle treatment. In this case, tiny amounts of the purified botulinum A toxin is injected into sweat glands to block the release of a neurotransmitter or hyperhidrosis, surgery can be performed on the nerve bundles that control sweating. This is very specialized surgery, usually available only at major medical centers.

Teen Skin Problem No. 4: Warts

If you find yourself stuffing your hands in your pockets every chance you get, you may be trying to hide warts. These fleshy colored, or sometimes dark, lumps and bumps can grow under fingernails, on your fingers, on the backs of the hands, or on the soles of the feet. Caused by a virus, doctors say warts seems to impact teens the most.

“Warts are very common in teen years, and happen at a time when even a minor imperfection can seem to cause major problems,” says Schlessinger.

There are many treatments for warts, says Schlesinger. They include freezing the growths with liquid nitrogen, or burning them off with a laser or a chemical treatment. While the treatments sometimes work, warts can come back.

The best way to avoid getting warts is to avoid biting your nails or injuring your hands. Skin that is injured appears to be more susceptible to the wart viruses.

Most warts go away without any treatment within about two years. And warts are not dangerous. But if you have warts that disturb you, your primary health care practitioner can discuss various treatment options with you.

Teen Skin Problem No. 5: Eczema/Atopic Dermatitis

Although more common in younger children, experts say that sometimes, these patches of dry, scaly, reddened skin follow kids into their teen years.

“Many teens involves in sports find their swimming.

“If a moisturizer doesn’t help – or if the skin begins ‘weeping,’ oozing, or it becomes significantly red or itchy, it’s time to see a dermatologist, who can prescribe medications that can help,” says Schlessinger.

These include both topical and oral preparations, and prescription-strength moisturizers. Your primary-care provider can also prescribe such treatments.