Skin issues are common among teenagers because of hormonal changes during puberty, increased oil production, and environmental factors. Your teenager’s pediatrician is trained and skilled at diagnosing and treating skin issues among teens. If your Pediatric Partners pediatrician feels that a dermatologist could better treat your teen, he or she will happily make a referral.
Some common skin issues among teenagers include:
- Acne: Acne is a common skin issue among teenagers, and it occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Hormonal changes during puberty can cause the sebaceous glands to produce more oil, which can lead to the development of acne.
- Eczema: Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes dry, itchy, and red patches on the skin. Teenagers with eczema may experience flare-ups due to stress, weather changes, or irritants.
- Psoriasis: Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition that causes red, scaly patches on the skin. It is not contagious, and its cause is not fully understood. However, genetics and immune system dysfunction are believed to play a role.
- Rosacea: Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes redness, flushing, and pimples on the face. It is often triggered by certain foods, alcohol, or stress.
- Hives: Hives are itchy, raised bumps on the skin that can occur due to an allergic reaction to certain foods, medications, or environmental factors.
It is important for teenagers to practice good skin care habits, such as washing their face twice a day, using oil-free products, and avoiding picking or squeezing pimples, to help prevent and manage skin issues. If skin issues persist, it is best to consult your pediatrician.
A pediatrician can treat common skin issues such as acne, rashes, and warts. If a skin issue is more complex or requires specialized treatment, your pediatrician may refer your teen to a dermatologist.
We will refer your teen to a specialist if he or she is experiencing persistent or severe skin problems that are not responding to basic treatments or if we suspect a skin disease. It is important for teens and their parent or guardian to discuss their concerns with their pediatrician, who can help determine the best course of action.
Pediatric Partners has three locations to better serve our patients. The Evans office is at 411 Town Park Blvd.; the downtown Augusta office is at 1303 D’Antignac St., Suite 2600; and the Grovetown office is at 5135 Wrightsboro Road. For more information about Pediatric Partners, call the office at 706-854-2500, visit PedPartners.com, or follow the Pediatric Partners of Augusta Facebook and Instagram pages.