Balfour Dermatology

2221 Balfour Road, Suite A

Brentwood Ca, 94513          

  Dr. Robert E. Beer M.D.

  (925) 240-9116


Teen Girls

Acne breakouts pose very traumatic situation for teen girls. Around 85% of girls develop acne at any stage of their teenage, some of them get cured while most persist it for years. Acne breakouts in girls are not so severe as compare to boys, but they are extremely distressing and frustrating. Teen acne creates psychological disorder like inferiority complex etc. This is because Teen girls are more conscious of their appearance then their male counterparts hence they avoid social contact and hence a period of depression might engulf them.

There are various causes of teens acne. Hormonal imbalance is perhaps the foremost cause of teen acne. Estrogen and progesterone are two fundamental hormones that girls produce. Teen girls experience severe acne breakouts before and after menstrual cycles. Production of these hormones is absolutely normal but, its level sometimes go higher than normal. That's why, excessive levels of hormones (estrogen and progesterone) stimulates sebaceous glands. The stimulated sebaceous glands produce excessive sebum. Excessive sebum and dead skin cells clog hair follicles restricting efficient discharge of sebum.

Teen acne is most common both in boys and girls. Boys are more susceptible than girls. Girls suffer from acne due to overproduction of hormones, weak immune system, lack of dietary substances and clogged hair follicles. Overproduction of hormones is mainly caused due to regular or irregular menstrual cycles and puberty. Lack of dietary substance like zinc is common in girls as most menstrual secretion contains zinc that leads to its deficiency.

The professional staff at Balfour Dermatology has the experience and expertise to develop a cure that is right for you. Call for an appointment or click on Contact Us to submit online appointment request

Teen Boys

During puberty, a boy's skin on his face, neck, back and chest will eventually begin to overproduce a type of oil called sebum. Sebum is normally a good substance -- it keeps the skin waterproof and fends off harmful bacteria. But too much is definitely not a good thing. Along with excess oil, the pubescent skin is also sloughing off skin cells at a higher rate, and these skin cells and the extra oils  are trying to exit the body by traveling through hair follicles and pores to the surface of the skin. When these pores and follicles get clogged up with this excess matter, there is a pileup as the skin and oil behind the blockage start building up without anywhere to escape. A form of bacteria known as Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes for short) gets in the mix and causes the blockage to become inflamed acne.

There are many forms of acne, but the most common one is acne vulgaris. Acne vulgaris is responsible for pimples, blackheads, whiteheads and the cyst-looking large bumps. There's pretty much no escaping acne vulgaris - it afflicts practically everyone at some point, and boys get it worse than girls during puberty. To help reduce acne, wash your face gently twice a day, shower immediately after working up a sweat and don't pick at your face. Don't go overboard trying to clean your face, either, because excessive scrubbing and agitating the skin can make everything worse.

It often takes quite a bit of experimentation before you discover the right cure. The staff at Balfour Dermatology will be more than happy to help you in your quest for clear skin.