Adolescent Acne

What Causes Adolescent Acne?

Adolescent acne can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'very serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose adolescent acne, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "adolescent acne" as a symptom.  Here are three possibilities:
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Food Allergies
  • Zinc Need

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
craving for salt
allergies in family members
dizziness when standing up
prednisone use
sugar/sweet craving
male characteristics
severe current middle ear infection
regular episodes of diarrhea
loss of appetite
excessive flatulence
severe allergies to certain foods
having polyps
... and more than 120 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of adolescent acne:
Cause Probability Status
Food Allergies 90% Confirm
Adrenal Fatigue 28% Unlikely
Zinc Need 5% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Existing Skin Conditions section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about adolescent acne:
Did you experience Adolescent Acne?
Possible responses:
→ No / not applicable / don't know
→ Yes, moderately / briefly
→ Yes, severely / prolonged
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate history of adolescent acne, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Zinc Requirement

Adolescent males have been found to have lower zinc levels than any other age group.

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