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
  • Zinc Need
  • Food Allergies

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:
moderate frequency of sex
onion intolerance
difficulty falling asleep
having polyps
frequent infections
dark areas under eyes
history of middle ear infection
deformed toenails
darker/redder skin color
adult acne
frequent colds/flus
... 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
Adrenal Fatigue 92% Confirm
Zinc Need 28% Unlikely
Food Allergies 3% 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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