Skin Problems! Tackle pimples & acne

Puberty and bad skin seem to go hand in hand. This is because during puberty your hormones get too excited causing the oil glands underneath your skin start making more oil (sebum).

All this oil (sebum) mixes with dead skin cells to cause blockages on the surface of the skin called pimples or acne. Both boys and girls can get pimples and acne during puberty on their neck, face, chest, back and shoulders.

Having bad skin can be embarrassing and make you feel shy. Try not to worry, most skin problems clear up after puberty when your hormones calm down!

But there are ways you can try to make the bad skin days go faster:

  • Wash your face twice a day (no more) with warm water and soap made for people with acne.
  • Don't squeeze your pimples.
  • Avoid touching your face with your fingers.
  • Keep your hair clean and out of your face.
  • If you wear makeup, remove all of it before you go to sleep.
  • Drink lots of water!
  • Keep your face out of the sun.
  • Try changing your diet and eat more fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Avoid oily creams - they can block your pores.
  • Speak to a chemist or doctor if your skin problems seem to be getting worse.

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B-Wise User Anonymous 3 June 2020 21:27

How can i get rid of the scars in my face?

B-Wise User Kaykay 12 May 2020 23:03

Hi what happens if you pop a pimple

B-Wise Expert Expert 13 May 2020 11:59

Hi there,

Popping pimples is not healthy

Squeezing can push bacteria and pus deeper into the skin, which might cause more swelling and redness. Squeezing also can lead to scabs and might leave you with permanent pits or scars.

B-Wise User Anonymous 11 May 2020 18:25

When do pimples stop

B-Wise Expert Expert 12 May 2020 11:03


They stop at different times for different people so there is no way to say. A lot of people find that their pimples get better when they stop being teenagers.

B-Wise User Anonymous 31 October 2017 12:18

Morning I have a skin problem,I've had it for 3 years now, my skin is dry and scaring . I went to the clinic they diagnosed m with skin fungus, they gave m something to apply on my skin but it doesn't go started on my butt and now it spread to my thighs,legs,arm and forearm and my face. Pls help, thank you

B-Wise Expert Expert 1 November 2017 22:37

Hi Unique, thank you for your question. It must be difficult for you to have this skin problem and to see it spread! It can be difficult for doctors and nurses to diagnose skin rashes. If the medication you use doesn’t help, it might mean that it’s not a fungus. It is best to go to your nearest local clinic and tell them what’s happened to make sure that they find out what it is. You can use our Clinic Finder to help you find a clinic near you. If the local clinic is unable to help you, then you will be referred to see a dermatologist (a skin doctor) at a hospital.