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Child Wellness: Acne

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Rochester: Child Wellness: Acne
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Puberty means hormones and the means the body is changing and for some adolescents that means they have to manage acne.

Acne is caused clogged pores; oil is then trapped causing inflammation.

"It allows bacteria to grow in that pore and then minor infections occurs at the skin," said Dr. Manny Cirenza, a pediatrician.

Many people over clean the skin which can make the problem worse.

"If you rub or scrub the skin too hard you're going to irritate the skin and potentially cause more acne," said Cirenza.

Treatment can begin with over the counter products which contain benzo peroxide.

"Salicylic acid can work but it tends to be a little more harsh and you want to be more careful with that," said Cirenza. "For those who have acne on the back or on the chest area, the broader areas you can treat with a cream, you can use the benzo peroxide wash in the shower."

Do certain foods like chocolate and fried foods make a difference?

"When eating greasy foods it's not so much the eating of the foods is the problem, if you have it on your fingers and touching your face those oils will cause a problem," said Cirenza.

Reduce the amount oil that is in your hair and on your face. Use oil free products on your hair and oil free makeup on your face.

"For those kids who are using oil based hairspray and products will make it worse," said Cirenza.

One of the most common areas for acne?

"For many adolescents the acne will occur through this area here because the hair goes across their face -- that's irritating as face as well," said Cirenza.

Another common area commonly overlooked is sunscreen, be sure you use oil free.

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