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Children First: Teen acne takes emotional toll

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There's a reason people call it struggling with acne. "I am on the Proactive; it doesn't work like the commercials say,"said Central High School Junior Wyatt Nygaard. "Clean and Clear Morning Burst stuff, that doesn't work very well either, so a lot of them just don't work."

Wyatt has been struggling with acne for about five years. "There are days when you're breaking out bad that it is really frustrating," said Wyatt.

But he knows he's not alone. "A lot of High Schoolers have the same problem," said Wyatt.

Sometimes the struggle with acne is more than just a physical one. "It is a psychological thing too," said Black Hills Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Julie Krein.

Krein says most of her acne patients are teenagers. "A lot of times when they first come in you can tell the frustration and kind of the emotional part and their self esteem isn't high, but once you can get them cleared up and a lot of time they come in and they're a totally different kid," said Krein.

She says in teenagers acne is most commonly triggered by hormones, but stress, diet, and genetics can also be contributing factors. "Unfortunately there's not really one set thing that can cause acne," said Krein.

And whether it's oral prescriptions or topical creams, Krein says she believes dermatologists can make a difference when nothing else has. "It's not something that you have to live with; it's something that can be treated," said Krein.

Wyatt also has a positive outlook when it comes to acne. "If people are making fun of you just don't let it bother you because you can't control it, you really can't so it's not that you're a freak or anything it's just natural, its biology," said Wyatt.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology all acne treatments work by preventing new acne. So you should try a new acne treatment for  six to eight weeks before trying something else.

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