Acne can be a hugely debilitating condition. As well as being painful and embarrassing, it can cause a great deal of mental distress and affect your confidence and self esteem. Acne can occur on the face, neck, back and chest, and the condition can be mild to severe.

It’s important to remember that many girls will have spots in their teenage years – 80% of people aged 11–30 experience some form of acne. Around 25% of young women get acne around the time of their period and some other factors can make acne worse, such as stress, oil from skin products, humid air and squeezing or picking spots.

No-one really knows for sure what causes acne or how to cure it but there are many options for different treatments to help prevent it recurring. Please do not suffer in silence – it’s important that you see your GP early on. Treatments prescribed by your GP will work so much better than anything you can buy over-the-counter.

If you want to camouflage acne with make-up, steer clear of any products that contain alcohol or fragrance and avoid thick, solid make-up products. Choose lightweight, oil-free foundations and concealers. There is a very useful video here where make-up artist Lisa Eldridge demonstrates how to cover up teenage spots in a flawless way.

Have a look at the other Agnes pages on looking after teenage skin:

skin care for teenage girls
Skin care