According to the Mayo Clinic, acne is most common among teenagers, with a reported prevalence of 70 to 87 percent. It is a skin condition that happens when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. The most common place for it to occur is on the face, however it can also appear on your neck, back, chest and shoulders.
The effects of Acne reach beyond the physical discomfort and appearance of the acne. Acne reaches into the psychological and social regions of youth as well. In an age when pictures are snapped, captured and shared at rapid speeds, acne can limit the ability to ‘share’ in a common social networking that most teens enjoy. This felt isolation could lead to loneliness and even depression.
Self-esteem and body issues are jeopardized as well. Social situations that require the exposure of the acne areas on your body can limit your desire to engage. At an age when teens are learning to engage with the opposite sex, acne may inhibit their desire and courage for such engagement. If the self-esteem and body image issues are severe enough, some teens even may choose to withdraw from school or work situations, which will affect grades and their future success.
If you or your teen is suffering from the effects of acne, call Dr. Evan Ransom. He offers a variety of skin care services, including Dermabrasion. Dermabrasion is a surgical procedure, which is performed by Dr. Ransom and involves the removal of the outer layer of the skin and a portion of the deeper layer of skin. Dermabrasion is successfully used to treat many different types of scars, including acne scars.