Before we are going to talk about teenage acne treatment, we have to know what acne is. So, Acne is an inflamatoric problem toward sebasea gland and it is a common skin problem for teenagers. Sometime this pimple can be appear on 8 years old children. Althought this skin problem is worse for male teenagers than female, but the acne in female teenager earlier and longer than male teenagers, sometime the acne can be still on female face till they grow up.

There are many effective teenage acne treatments that you can try, from the cheapest to the most expensive one. But don’t worry about the coast that you will spend for. You still can treat acne with this simple and effective method.

Teenage Acne Treatment

There are many ways to treat acne in teenagers. Most of the method that will you use is a method based on the acne causes.

Because definite cause of acne in teenagers is still unknown till today, but the risk factors that contribute this skin problem are like follicle occlusion, stimulated sebum by androgen hormon, and propionibacterium acnes bacteria can be controlled.

So the best teenage acne treatment are . . .

Simple Teenage Acne Treatment

1. Wash Your Face regularly

The first teenage acne treatment is washing face regularly. Acne in teenagers is caused by several factors like excess oil that is stimulated by androgen hormon. Teenage is an age when the skin’s oil gland produce more oil due to androgen hormon or hormon changes. This condition can block pore and hair follicles. Inside the blocked pore or hair follicle grow micobacterium acnes and cause inflamation, redness, and pustule around the skin.

So washing your face regularly will remove almost all of excess oil covered.

It recommends to wash your face twice a day because it can help clean pores from getting clogged and inflamed. Do not use oil-based cleanser, but oil-free cleanser in the morning and before going to bed, plus after excercising.

Sometime we really want to clean the face roughly so that the dirt cleaned. But washing rougly can be bad for your skin. Wash your face gently, but do not too much scrubbing because it can irritate skin and lead to more inflammation.

2. Avoid Touching Your Face

Teenagers usually have a habitual touching thier face, nose, lips, and forehead unconsciously. If there is an inflamation, they usually touch it and pick it. This habitual really bad and it can makes acne worse.

Popping your acne perhaps can fix your acnes easy and fast, but it can cause infection, and even scar after the inflamation reduced.

Consider about your hand and nail cleanliness. The dirt or germs can transfer from you hand into your face so your face accumulate germs and starts growing in clogged pores.

Let your acne and not touching it leave your skin smooth still.

So you have to avoid these behaviour like resting your head in your hands, or touching your face without reasons. Many dermatologist recommend not to popping your own acne so the acne will not grow worse.

3. Do Not Use Excessive Makeup and Lotions

If you have acnes which has already grew, use only little makeup as possible because excessive makeup can clog skin pores, for instance  cosmetics like face fowder, and face lotion.

Makeups like lipstick or eyeshadow are likely fine. But if you use makeup like face powder, avoid it from acne area. Beside, use only oil-free makeup.

For face lotion, it can help prevent and combat acnes and dryness in face skin, but you still have to aware of its formula, it should be oil-free formula or water-based.

So choose makeup wisely , look for oil-free (like Complex 15, Cetaphil, Aveeno, and Eucerin), noncomedogenic, water-based, mineral-based, or nonanegenic.

4. Eat healthy Food

Beside keep your face healthy ouside, you have to keep your skin healthy inside. How can healthy food combat acne?
Skin needs lots of  essensial nutrient like vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids for its health. Keep eat healthy foods and do not eat junk foods with refined sugars. Fulfill your body with right nutrient from whole grains, beans, nuts, fruits, and vegetables.

Sweet foods are bad for your skin because it can spike blood sugar and cause insuline overproduction, which may increase subum production of  your skin.

You will need a food with high vitamin C include citrus fuits, oranges, and berries. Vitamin C is really needed for collagen formation within your skin so that fight the bacteria and reduce acne.

5. Keep Well Hydrated

To maintain healthy skin, you will need lots of water. Water is the important thing in your body, but it always lost in large quantities daily. So you need to replace it soon because skin is the last organ that replenished with water.

to keep you well hydrated, you need to consume 8 glasses of water on a daily basis. Adequate water in you skin will make your skin moisurized and this skin condition ready for  combat acne.

Medication Teenage Acne Treatment

1. Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl peroxide is a substance that can combat bacteria, unplug oil cuts, wash skin pore, and heal acne. Luckily, benzoyl peroxide is an over-the-counter medication. So you can look for it in pharmacy or even in a market.

Start with a 2,5% or 5% benzoyl peroxide gel or lotion once per day. It is better used after face wash or before bed at night. About a week, apply it twice daily for couple weeks and see the pimple will fade away.

If the acne is still growing, you need to increase with 10% benzoyl peroxide and it will need a doctor’s prescription for more than 10% benzoyl peroxide.

You must be patient and keep using benzoyl peroxide as directed. Even if the acne starts fade away, use it as a prevention.

You need to know that this product tend to dry your skin, water-based moisturizer will be needed as a dry skin prevention.

2. Antibacteria

Bacteria is the most common cause of acne. Thus,  topical antibacteria like clindamycin or erythromycin can help kill bacteria and treat acne in teenagers. The topical antibacteria better combines with or without tretinoin, ceratolytic, or salicylate acid.

Systemic antibiotic (pill) like tetracycline can block the bacteria breeding until remission period (acne fades away), then after that you should take low doses as a long period acne maintenance.

Antibacteria medication is really effective against acne. But you have to consider about taking antibacteria medications, do not use antibacteria without doctor’s prescription.


Acne is the most common and frustating problem among teenagers. But you can control and cure it if you really serious and consistent to treat it. Please follow all of teenage acne treatment above that is match with you. Good luck!