Acne affects many people just as they hit their teens. It’s such a common skin condition beginning in puberty and around 85% of people between the ages of 12 and 24 will experience some form of acne during their early adult life.
There is no cure for acne but serious cases can be managed. If you are a teenager or a parent of one who is experiencing serious and prolonged breakouts of spots and acne, you should see your doctor for advice for medical treatment.
What Causes Acne in Teenagers?
Changes in hormones can lead to increased sebum production which is often made worse by using the wrong skin care products. Using over the counter products with a drying action can do more than just dry out the excess sebum, they take moisture out of the skin causing it to make even MORE sebum.
When choosing acne skin care products, consult a professional skincare therapist who is qualified in facials for advice on which products will suit your skin.
Over-the-counter washes and lotions can be harsh and are not suitable for all skin types. Inflammation can also lead to acne in teens. If you play a lot of sport and sweats a lot it can cause an acne breakout. Other things that might irritate the skin include overdoing the cover-up cosmetics which can cause pores to become clogged.
So what can you learn about a skincare routine for teenagers to control acne?
There are a few sure-fire ways to reduce acne that every teenager can benefit from. Learning how to take care of teenage skin will be something that keeps young skin healthy for life as well as reducing major acne breakouts.
The Best Way to Control Acne in Teenagers
1. Wash your face twice a day. Wash your face with lukewarm water and a gentle non-soap cleanser. Use fingertips rather than a washcloth. Keep the water warm and not hot because very hot water can actually make acne worse.
2. Use acne skin care products regularly. Find a suitable acne treatment product and use it just on the problem areas. Look for a product that contains 2% salicylic acid and use after cleansing, unless they are also using a benzoyl peroxide wash.
3. Apply moisturizer. Choose a moisturiser that is oil-free, non-acnegenic or noncomedogenic. (That goes for makeup and sunscreen, too.)
4. Remember hair gets greasy too so try to keep hair clean and off the face. Hair should be washed daily especially after exercise and keep any sports helmets or caps clean to avoid transferring oil to the face. If it is possible, hair can be worn up at night to avoid grease transferring.
5. Please do not pick! Skin picking will make the acne worse. No matter how tempting it is to squeeze spots and blackheads doing so just spreads bacteria which makes more spots develop. Seek professional advice from a skin specialist if you or your teen develop severe acne that does not respond to over-the-counter treatment or the condition is becoming unmanageable. For most cases of mild acne, a good skincare routine will keep skin in good condition and stop the acne from getting out of control.
6. Acne is a sign of the skin trying to detox so be sure to drink lots of water and avoiding toxins such as caffeine and sugar. Minimising toxins in the diet will really help with the condition of the skin and help with the reduction of spots.
7. When suffering from a severe outbreak then it is recommended to change pillowcases daily to help reduce cross-contamination and the spread of grease and bacteria.
8. Exfoliate at least twice a week (but no more than 4) to help brighten the skin and reduce the risk of bacteria spreading. Once a week follow this with a purifying mask. Try exfoliating after steaming your skin which will help to open pores.
Getting regular facials and continually reassessing your skin care routine will also help to reduce acne. As part of my skincare consultations and facials, I can help you manage difficult acne outbreaks and help to get it under control. Using natural and aromatherapy products to soothe your face and tailor the therapy to your particular needs.