Teenagers and Acne

Jovani Jimenez, Junior Staff Writer

As a young adult, people go through many changes, and one of these changes is the development of acne. Acne to teenagers could be upsetting, as it may become one of their insecurities. With the many insecurities that teenagers may face with acne, there are also ways to reduce the intensity and impact it has on an individual’s life.

According to studies done by UC Davis and later confirmed by M.D. Philina Lamb, Lamb stated in an interview, “eighty-five percent of all tween and teenagers will get acne.” However, there are several steps one can take to prevent and help reduce acne. Some of these treatments include face cleansers that are fragrance-free and lacking in microbeads, which are used as exfoliants. Retinoids are also recommended to be applied nightly to reduce acne. 

Recently, there has been a movement on an application called TikTok. TikTok is an app where individuals can create and share short videos with others around the world. The movement has been to normalize acne and turn it into a gesture of beauty even though, for many years, the views on acne have been primarily negative. This being said, individuals often receive the most negative words from themselves, but it is important to know that it is okay to have acne and one should not worry if they have it.

The average teenager already has a lot of problems to deal with and the stress of how one looks should not be one of them. As a society, we should accept that acne is a normal phenomenon or, like some people, take it a step further and view it as a sign of beauty.