HOR­MONAL ACNE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

We speak to an ex­pert for a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of teen skin and how to deal with hor­monal acne.

Herworld (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - By Poon Li-Wei

Ex­pert ways to deal with this skin con­di­tion.

When a child be­comes a teen, which is de­scribed as be­tween the age of 10 and 19, his or her hor­mones un­dergo a dras­tic change – and the first thing you’ll no­tice is an in­creased pro­duc­tion of oil. It’s im­por­tant to note as well that the level of oili­ness in the skin is de­ter­mined by ge­net­ics. What hap­pens is the oil then ac­cu­mu­lates be­neath the skin, which can lead to blocked pores and give rise to come­dones – also known as black­heads and white­heads. Th­ese will then at­tract bac­te­ria, lead­ing to red­ness. When such bac­te­ria mul­ti­ply pro­lif­i­cally, the af­fected ar­eas will turn yel­low, also known as pus. But be­fore you start fret­ting and scram­bling to pile on prod­ucts that could ex­ac­er­bate the sit­u­a­tion, here’s what you need to know.

Dr Bong Jan Ling, der­ma­tol­o­gist at Sun­way Med­i­cal Cen­tre

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