Ulwazi Magazine

Acne and Adolescence often go hand in hand,
and it’s a common part
of growing up. This
skin condition occurs
when hair follicles get
clogged with a mix of oil and dead
skin cells, leading to the formation of
various blemishes, such as pimples,
blackheads, and whiteheads.
Acne’s emergence is linked to the
hormonal changes that come with
puberty, particularly the increase in
oil production. It’s entirely normal,
but it can be quite frustrating. In
more severe or persistent cases, it’s
a good idea to seek out a doctor for
professional advice and potential
treatment options.

The Do's

  • Gentle Cleansing: Use a mild,
fragrance-free cleanser or facewash
to wash your face twice a day,
avoiding harsh scrubs that can
irritate the skin.
  • Hydration Moisturize with
an oil-free, non-comedogenic
moisturizer, even if your skin is oily.
  • Spot Treatment: Apply over-
the-counter acne treatments
containing benzoyl peroxide or
salicylic acid directly to affected
  • Clean Hands: Wash your hands
before touching your face to
prevent the transfer of dirt and
  • Diet and Hydration: Maintain
a balanced diet with fruits,
vegetables, and water for healthier
  • Change Bedding Regularly:
change pillowcases and beddings
to reduce contact with acne-
aggravating bacteria and oils.
  •  Avoid Popping Pimples: Resist
the urge to pick or squeeze
pimples to prevent infections,
scarring, and more breakouts.
  • Skip Harsh Scrubs: Avoid rough
exfoliants that can harm your
skin’s barrier. Gentle exfoliation is
acceptable, but not excessive.
  •  Say No to Heavy Makeup:
Choose oil-free, non-comedogenic
makeup, and always remove it
before bedtime.
  • Don’t Overwhelm with Products:
Avoid using too many skincare
products at once to prevent skin
  • Hands Off Your Face: Refrain
from touching your face to prevent
the transfer of bacteria and oils.
  • Manage Stress: Find healthy
ways to manage stress, as stress
can exacerbate acne.

Remember, your self-worth is not defined by your skin. It’s just a part of you,
and with the right care and patience, it can become clear and healthy once
more. In the meantime, focus on your unique qualities, your passions, and
building a positive self-image. You’re amazing just the way you are!