Skin care routine for teens – the best regimen for your skin type
If you are in your teens, you might want to start taking care of your face properly, by letting go of improper habits and developing a skin care routine fitted to your needs.
A skin care routine for teens implies deep pore cleansing, proper moisturizing and regardless of your area’s climate, a minimum SPF 15 lotion that prevents your skin from showing early signs of ageing. This skin care routine will not take a lot of time, nor will it leave a major gap in your pocket money. Besides, your mom will probably be happy to provide all the skin care essentials for you.
First things first, you will probably want to ditch the bar soap and use a facial cleanser suited for your skin type. Like most your age, you might have oily skin, so you’ll probably want to look for a gel based cleanser that will help you get rid of large, visible pores and shine, as well as acne bursts.
Gently massage your face with circular motions and be careful not to scrub –overwashing and scrubbing can cause skin to become irritated.
After cleansing, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends applying an OTC (no prescription needed) lotion containing benzoyl peroxide, that will decrease oil and bacteria.
Using products with retinoids, compounds related to vitamin A or Salicylic Acid will help clear acne, should you use them after you wake up and before bedtime. Some of the products I’ve come to terms with are Bye-Bye Blemish Drying Lotion, Swabplus Advanced Acne Care Swab or Herbalogic. Since we’re at the topic, I shouldn’t miss out on the chance to praise tea tree oil lotions, a natural astringent, with…let’s call them healing powers.
Once the cleansing is done, it’s time to apply a scrub. These products will remove dead skin from the outermost layer if your skin, thus unclog pores and prevent the 16:00 pm shine effect. Yes, there’s a time and a place for that problem and we’ve all been there!
If you have acne problems, you might want to try scrub with softer beads that loosen dead skin, like Neutrogena Deep Clean Invigorating Foaming Scrub. If you’re looking for natural ways to unclog pores, yogurt, oat and honey make an excellent scrub.
Before we move on to makeup techniques, we should discuss facial moisturizers. Don’t think for a seconds that if you have oily skin you can omit this step. Whatever acne myths are still wandering about, it’s time to leave them behind.
However, as a teen you should probably use a light, oil-free moisturizer to apply after you cleanse. I’ve had my fair share of searching for the right products and it all comes down to choosing what best suits your skin type. Just remember to always moisturize after you wash and dry your face.
Skin care rules for teens
Unfortunately, fighting acne and oily skin is one of those battles where you win by complying to a “Do not” set of rules, rather than being active in solving it.
Here are some tips to help prevent breakouts and clear your skin:
Do not pop pimples, not even with your fingers dressed in gauze, because you risk pushing the infected material further into the skin. This can then lead to more swelling, redness and even scarring.
Do not touch your face, because that too can spread bacteria that cause pores to become inflamed and irritated. To keep bacteria at bay, wash your hands before applying any products on your face and make sure you regularly disinfect objects that collect sebum and skin residue like your phone or glasses.
Do not wear tight clothes if you are prone to body acne. They don’t allow skin to breathe and may cause irritation. Pay attention to caps and hats to; wearing such accessories may be the cause of your forehead burst.
Do not wear makeup to bed and always choose products that are noncomedogenic. Pay special attention to the expiration date and throw away any cosmetics that seem old or odd.
Do not leave the house without a minimum SPF lotion applied. Even though it may appear to calm your acne, it actually makes matters worse.
I’ll leave you on an optimistic note. To give your skin the best start, the only basics you need are a cleanser, an alcohol-free toner and a light moisturizer. If you have an oily skin, blackheads and whiteheads you can try over-the-counter products to counteract the effects.
But if the problem develops into severe acne, there is a lot that can be done, so don’t suffer in silence. Book an appointment at your GP, who can prescribe treatment or refer you to a dermatologist, suited to advice you further about skin care routines for teens.