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Acne Teen Treatment ModelSome teens can manage their acne with store-bought facial cleansers or by simply washing their faces daily. Others aren't so fortunate. If your teen's current acne treatment isn't working, don't despair. Dr. Jason McWhirter offers a variety of options for teen acne treatment in Calgary, even for the toughest acne cases.

Friday Acne Clinics

We are dedicating Friday afternoons to our patients seeking solutions for acne. You can call our office in Calgary to learn about our acne clinic on Fridays. Request your consultation online or call 403-454-1244 (Calgary) or 403-945-0350 (Airdrie) or 403-523-1091 (Seton) and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment for Friday, or any day that is convenient for you.

Meet Dr. McWhirter

Dr. Jason McWhirter believes that skin care rejuvenation and physical wellness are intertwined. He uses his training and expertise to create treatments customized for each patient.

What Causes Acne?

In teens, acne likely results from hormonal activity related to puberty. Certain hormones increase the production of oil. Acne occurs as oils and dead skin cells clog hair follicles. When the follicle opening remains open, it becomes an open comedone, or blackhead. An obstructed opening, which can cause the follicle wall to bulge, produces a closed comedone, or whitehead. Bacteria in these clogged hair follicles trigger the body's immune reaction, causing redness and swelling. The most common areas that develop acne include the face, upper chest and upper back. Acne tends to subside as puberty ends, but adult acne can occur.

Solutions for Teen Acne

Dr. McWhirter and the medical professionals at ReNue will assess your teen's skin and prescribe a personalized acne treatment plan. A single treatment method may resolve the acne. Or Dr. McWhirter may develop a combined approach involving in-office treatments such as peels or microdermabrasion and at-home use of non-comedogenic (acne-causing) and anti-inflammatory skin care products. Visit our acne treatment page to learn about your options.

Success with Acne Treatments

Once we develop a treatment routine for your teen, following the instructions is critical to success. Failing to follow through or using additional treatments may make acne worse or be unhealthy for the skin. Your teen may need to change makeup products and should use oil-free, non-comedogenic lotions and sunscreens. Over-washing the face (more than twice a day) can make acne worse. It is important not to pop or pick at pimples. This can open them up to infection, worsen acne or damage the skin.

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