Overcoming Teenage Acne

Did you know up to 80% of teens suffer from acne? Unfortunately for teens, acne can be a part of growing up as when puberty hits, quite often, so does acne. Acne is not caused by having dirty skin; in fact, it is caused by several factors such as overactive oil glands in the skin and a build-up of dead cells and bacteria that can lead to infection in the pores. During puberty, there is an increase in androgen secretion which can impact the oil glands and lead to them becoming more active, resulting in breakouts. Acne-prone skin in your teens often has a hereditary factor, so when one or both parents experienced acne in their teens, their child may also be prone to it.


Determining the type of acne your teen is experiencing is an important step for ensuring they are caring for it appropriately. A teenager’s acne can present in a variety of ways, such as:

Blackheads (open comedones)

Blackheads appear on the skin’s surface and are common on the nose, forehead, chest and back. They typically have a black centre, which is not dirt, but cells and oil in the follicle that has oxidised due to the oxygen in the air.

Whiteheads (closed comedones)

Whiteheads result when a pore is clogged by sebum and dead skin cells, but unlike a blackhead, the pore closes.

Cysts or Nodules

Cystic and nodular acne are the most severe forms of acne. Cysts are soter than nodules and are filled with pus. Nodules are deep under the skin and can persist for weeks or even months, with the contents often hardening. Nodules occur when the blockage becomes more inflamed and red.


Small bumps on the skin that contain fluid or pus. They usually appear as white surrounded by red skin.


Papules occur when the wall surrounding a pore breaks down from severe inflammation and results in a hard, clogged bump that is tender to touch.


Although teenage acne is common (especially in boys), it is essential to get treatment as acne can lead to self-esteem issues, impact a teen’s social life and mental health. Here are our top treatment and product recommendations to combat teen acne.

DMK Enzyme Therapy Over 50 years have been spent perfecting DMK’s signature Enzyme Therapy treatments. Utilising the beneficial effects of transfer messenger enzymes, Enzyme treatments encourage blood circulation, oxygenation, and lymphatic drainage, while at the same time helping to flush away toxins and free radicals to improve the appearance of the skin. Formulated to enhance optimal skin functioning, Enzyme Therapy works to create long-lasting results. When your teen visits a DMK clinic, their Skin Technician will locate your main concerns, thoroughly assess the skin, and tailor a bespoke treatment, combining various DMK formulations.

DMK pH Revision pH Revision is designed to swell, soften and dissolve redundant tissue. It is a fantastic option for reducing the appearance of acne, and scarring. This exclusive and unique treatment which turns the skin’s natural slightly acidic pH to an alkaline state to increase the skin’s response to treatments and products.

Types of acne


DMK offer a range of products that can help reduce the appearance of acne. Top products that we recommend for teens struggling with acne include:

Deep Pore

Deep Pore cleanser us a gentle non-stripping formulation for normal, oilu or congested skin. Deep Pore works to flush out embedded impurities. The careful balance of natural toning and detoxifiers act to brighten and protect the skin leaving it feeling soft, supple, and clear. It also works well as shaving foam and makeup remover.

Beta Gel

Beta Gel is a must for acne-prone skin. This signature DMK formulation contains beta-glucan to soothe, hydrate and calm the skin. The formulation is non-comedogenic and is great for soothing acne-prone skin.


Acu-Moist is a light hydrating lotion that is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and essential fatty acids to rebalance oily congested skin and hydrate. This lotion is suitable for people with cystic inflamed acne.


A formulation designed to reduce breakouts fast, Acu-Klear is a beauty cabinet essential. Featuring salicylic acid, it works to clear the build-up of oil and dead cells in pores.

Acu Masque

A great weekly treatment for acne-prone skin, Acu Masque features bentonite and sulphur to fight congestion and breakouts without drying or stripping the skin. After cleansing, apply Acu Masque, leave it for 20 minutes and remove with warm water.

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