Adolescence is filled with emotional and physical changes. Skin issues can exacerbate stress and lower self esteem during this turbulent time.
There are some simple steps that can help keep teen skin healthy and glowing.
Tip 1: It Is Not Too Early To Start
In the teen years, it is vital to begin taking care of your skin, so you have a healthy foundation as you age. Don’t reach for Botox or lasers when you see your first wrinkle, as that will damage your skin in the long run.
Tip 2: See A Professional
It is important to consult with your esthetician or dermatologist to make sure that you are using the correct products in the right way and getting regular professional treatments for your skin conditions.
Some cases of advanced acne will require medication, so consulting a professional early on will help diagnose your skin condition and avoid prolonged breakouts and potential scarring.
Tip 3: Begin With The Basics
The three crucial steps for a teen skincare routine are cleansing the skin, toning it to balance the pH, and keeping it hydrated. Don’t be afraid of facial oils - they can be great for acneic skin as oil dissolves oil. However, too much oil can be dehydrating, so be careful not to overdo it. Focus on the evening routine and be consistent. Do not skip a day.
Tip 3: Tackle Acne Gently
Higher levels of hormones, which develop during puberty, are associated with oilier hair and breakouts. These hormones are known as androgens, and they can aggravate your skin by increasing oil and sebum production. This excess sebum, combined with dead skin cells, clogs the pores and invites bacteria to proliferate.
For some teens, that reaction is just a pimple or the occasional breakout. For others, consistent breakouts create acne, a chronic condition characterized by comedones (blackheads), papules, pustules and cysts.
For mild to moderate breakouts, we recommend enzymatic treatments to target the blemish and gently exfoliate without over drying the surrounding skin.
If you take care of your skin in your teen years with regular professional treatments and are consistent with a simple skincare routine, it will set the stage for the rest of your life.