If you’re a teen, it’s no surprise to see acne breakouts and pimples on your face for no reasons. You might have tried all possible home remedies you hear yet see no results. Did you know acne affects 90% of the teenagers? Luckily, you can easily treat it with right skin care.
We spoke to our Dermatologists and listed down effective teenage skin care tips for you. Let’s try understanding your skin before we learn how to take care of it.
Teenage Skin vs Adult Skin
Your teenage skin has good elasticity and can regenerate quickly as it reserves an abundance of collagen. As you age into an adult, the production of collagen decreases. Hence, adult skin is more prone to sagging, fine lines, and wrinkles as it lacks elasticity.
What Are The Common Skin Problems Among Teenagers?
Due to drastic hormonal changes in your body, you might face several skin problems in your teen years. Your skin tends to get more oily clogging up your pores and trapping dirt, causing acne breakouts. Whereas, adults are less likely to be affected by acne than teenagers as adults’ hormones tend to balance off and become consistent.
Here is the list of common skin problems you might face as a teenager:
1. Hormonal Acne:
✔ Acne is one of the most common skin problems teenagers face.
✔ During teenage, your oil glands are overactivated due to hormonal fluctuation. When oil builds up in excess, dead skin cells stick behind in your pores, attracting bacteria, causing inflammation. Hence, teenagers have acne-prone skin.
✔ You may get acne on your face, neck, chest, back and shoulders, the areas with oil glands.
✔ To treat acne, always talk to a dermatologist. Self-medication and trying home remedies without proper knowledge may worsen your acne leaving permanent scars behind.
2. Oily Skin
✔ Oily skin need not always be hereditary. Your hormonal imbalance can cause temporary oiliness in your skin, inviting troubles.
✔ Using lightweight, non-comedogenic, oil-free cleansers and moisturisers can help absorb the excess oil, which will keep your pores unclogged.
3. Excess Sweating
✔ Teenagers tend to sweat more than adults.
✔ Wear fabrics that allow your skin to breathe and absorb the sweat. Avoid spicy food that triggers sweating.
✔ However, if you sweat excessively more than what is normal, consult a dermatologist to remain safe.
✔ Eczema is one of the common skin concerns among teenagers where your skin gets dry and itchy.
✔ Apply fragrance-free moisturisers on your skin to control the dryness. If the condition gets worse, talk to a dermatologist and get the right prescription skin care products.
5. Other skin conditions that teenagers may come across include Athlete’s foot (fungal infection), dandruff and warts.
Skin Care Tips For Teenage Girls & Boys (Dermatologist Recommended)
Here are few simple tips to healthy teenage skin:
1. Keep Your Skin Clean
✔ Wash your face once in the morning & night, use a gentle cleanser that suits your skin type instead of a soap bar. Harsh soap bars can irritate the pores on your face, triggering acne.
✔ Scrub your skin gently; this will prevent unnecessary drying and skin irritation.
2. Hydrate Your Skin Well
✔ Moisturize to keep your skin supple and soft. Hydrated skin has fewer chances of developing premature fine lines and wrinkles.
✔ Use gel-based non-comedogenic moisturizers if you’re acne-prone.
3. Exfoliate When Your Skin Needs It
✔ Scrub your skin using gentle exfoliators once a while to unclog your pores.
✔ Use exfoliators that suit your skin type, look for products which are antiseptic and mild.
✔ You can also use chemical exfoliators containing AHAs and salicylic acid. It helps clean deep into your pores.
✔ Make a homemade scrub by simply mixing sugar and honey. For sensitive skin, try oatmeal mixed with honey and milk as a scrubbing agent.
4. Get The Right Acne Treatment
✔ Use gentle cleansers to get rid of excess oil from your skin.
✔ Use face washes, creams, foams and gels that are antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory.
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5. Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage
✔ Use a broad spectrum moisturizing sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher for UV protection.
✔ Wear sun-protective clothes when you plan to spend your day outdoors.
6. Provide Extra Care For Your Lips
✔ Scrub your lips gently with a brush for a minute. Wash it and apply lip balm.
✔ Apply fragrance-free colourless lip balm before bed. It keeps your lips hydrated the entire night.
7. Stop Touching Your Face Without Reason
✔ Stop touching your face with bare hands. Every time you touch your face, you’re transferring dirt and bacteria, leading to acne breakouts.
✔ Avoid picking/popping your pimples as it can leave behind permanent acne scars.
8. Maintain Makeup Hygiene
✔ Avoid sharing your makeup products with others.
✔ Bacterias and dirt can transfer through these used makeup products from one person to another.
10. Remove Makeup Before Bed
✔ Wipe off your day’s makeup before crashing onto your bed.
✔ Leaving makeup overnight will clog your pores, leading to acne breakouts.
11. Switch To Lukewarm Water
✔ Avoid hot water baths. Switch to warm water instead. It helps loosen the dirt while preserving your skin’s natural oils.
12. Get The Right Nutrition
✔ Have a balanced diet with greens and fruits.
✔ Avoid oily, processed and sugary food as they can aggravate your skin conditions.
✔ Dairy products can also cause skin damage. Switch to almond milk or oat milk.
13. Follow Night Skin Care Routine
✔ Your skin renews during night time.
✔ Never miss cleansing your face at night. Remove makeup, and apply a hydrating moisturizer and lip balm without fail.
14. Choose the Right Skin Care Products
✔ Choose skin care products that fit your skin type. Your skin is unique, so should be your skin care products too. The ones that work best for your friends need not necessarily work for your skin.
15. Lead a healthy life
✔ Take control of your body and life right from a young age. Your skin’s health is a perfect reflection of your overall internal health.
✔ Eat right, sleep enough and drink plenty of water on a daily basis. Stay happy and content in life. Your mind and body are continuously interacting with each other.
16. Give importance to your skin care routine
✔ Beautiful skin isn’t an overnight job! It’s a lifetime journey.
✔ Stick to a proper skin care routine and give it some time to show positive results.
You’re more prone to breakouts and skin problems because of the change in hormones in your teenage years. However, with the above dermatologist-approved simple skincare tips and a proper skincare routine, you can keep your skin super healthy for the years to come!