As a child enters puberty, their skin begins to change how it looks behaves.
This is due to changes in hormone production.
The most obvious change is usually the increase of oil on the surface of the skin, which can lead to pimply breakouts or enlarged pores with “blackheads”. For some teens, they might notice more uneven skin colour, uneven texture or their skin becoming more flaky or sensitive.
How a teen deals with the changes of their skin greatly impacts on the condition of their skin in future so it is very important for a teen going through puberty to develop and maintain good skincare habits early. The earlier the teen begins, the better and the fewer issues they will have to deal with as they get older.
The biggest challenge teens face with their continually changing skin is dealing with spots and pimples. They are self-conscious in general but now with the evolution of the ‘selfie’, this has become even more so. When a pimple or even blackhead pops up, a teen’s first inclination is to squeeze it themselves, however, it’s very important for them to know that this is the wrong thing to do.
Squeezing a pimple incorrectly will often result in bacteria being pushed further into the skin, causing another spot to appear in a different area of the face. It can also result in skin inflammation causing redness and sensitivity as well as scarring. In the case of serious acne skin, the scarring referred to as ‘pitted scarring’ is a long-term problem that is not at all easy to address.
As every skin is different and there are different products for different skin types and conditions, it’s important that a trained professional diagnoses a teen’s skin and prescribes the best products suitable to them. Using the wrong product can cause a whole new set of problems. The skin can become even more clogged, more irritated and more uneven!
A good start to a skincare routine is a cleanser, serum, moisturiser and sun protection. Where necessary a spot treatment or corrector may also be recommended. Not only what’s prescribed is different for different skins but how to use them will also be different.
Acne sufferers should be looking for products that contain the ingredient salicylic acid due to the anti-bacterial properties and its ability to get into the pores to control and scoop out the bacteria.
At such an early age, it’s a good idea to combine your morning moisturising routine with an SPF protection applied after. Teens need to be trained at an early age that unprotected sun exposure will have a detrimental effect on the texture, even skin colour and youthfulness of the skin in the future as UV rays are the biggest causes of premature skin ageing.
Teen Skin – Dos and Don’ts
- Wash face morning and night with a cleanser matched to your skin type and immediately after all forms of exercise
- After cleansing in the morning, serum and finally an SPF 30+or greater.
- At night, after your DOUBLE cleanse apply prescribed night serum and hydrating lotion
- Use a spot treatment on pimples
- As often as recommended, exfoliate with an exfoliator that suits your skin type
- Don’t squeeze your own pimples
- Avoid touching your face with unclean hands. Always wash hands before touching your skin or applying a product
- Keep hair clean and away from the face. Oily and unclean hair can contribute to clogging the skin
- Do be consistent – it will take 30 days for your skin to adjust to your skincare regime
- DO NOT sleep in makeup
- Do wear your sunscreen every day
- Don’t use what your friends are using – no two skins are the same, your skincare should be tailored to your skin ONLY.
- Seek professional advice.
Your skin is precious, and acne can cause short- and long-term problems.
When treating acne our priority is to always minimize the risk of scarring. Then we ensure you have an at-home skin care program that is both simple and effective.
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