Teenage Acne and Skin Care

By: Joni Hayes

Acne is very common among teens. Whether you are a teen or a parent of one, chances are you are dealing with some form of acne. The fact is, about 8 out of 10 teenagers have acne. That’s why the earlier you start tackling your skin issues the better off, and clearer, your skin will be!

Thinking that the pimples, blackheads and other blemishes will eventually clear on their own may actually do more harm than good. In fact, many studies show that having acne tends to lower self-esteem and cause feelings of embarrassment and frustration. Here are some steps that you can take to help with acne.

  1. Wash your face twice daily with a gentle cleanser and cool water. Use alcohol free toners and foam free cleansers.
  2. Exfoliate at least once a week.
  3. Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen daily, a physical SPF with titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide is preferred for acne prone skin.
  4. Get a facial. A good facial will go a long way toward helping unclog your pores. I’ll say firsthand that when performed by a licensed aesthetician, a facial can and will absolutely help your skin look better and help reduce breakouts.
  5. Exercise regularly and follow a healthy, balanced diet. Stay away from junk food, drink plenty of water and consider omega 3 supplements if you aren’t getting enough fish or nuts in your diet.
  6. Sleep at least 8 hours a day – your skin will thank you!
  7. Try to reduce stress. During your teenage years, just about everything can seem stressful. That said, anything you can do to reduce stressful situations can help. Stress can cause acne to flare up.
  8. Take makeup off before bed; Never sleep with makeup on.
  9. Makeup removal and cleansing are not the same. Make sure you remove your makeup with a gentle makeup remover, and then take the time to wash your face with cool water and gentle cleanser. Another tip: minimize using makeup, and try to save it for those occasions when you really need it.
  10. Don’t pick or pop pimples because it can cause scarring.
  11. Refrain from touching your face too much because it can cause the spreading of bacteria and germs.
  12. Make sure hair products don’t seep into your forehead and the rest of your face, this can cause an increase in breakouts.

What can you use for treating mild acne?

For mild acne, use salicylic acid products to unclog pores. Benzoyl peroxide can be used in conjunction with salicylic acid to kill bacteria and dry out acne. One important tip when using salicylic acid and/or benzoyl peroxide to control your acne is that you must use it regularly and continuously to maintain clear skin and prevent future breakouts. Talk to your aesthetician for advice on a regimen that is best for you.

Also, please see a dermatologist if acne persists. A dermatologist can prescribe the most effective treatment to get acne under control.

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