At The Glowtocol we are big believers that it's never too early to start connecting with skin care as a form of self care. The teen years can be some of the most challenging for your skin. Hormones, stress, food choices and an active lifestyle can all contribute to issues such as blemishes, acne, irritated skin or congested skin.
The good news is that skincare in your teens doesn't need to be complicated. In fact, this is a great time to start. A smart and simple routine is all you need to get a jumpstart on caring for your skin. We get a lot of requests to talk about skincare for teens, so let's dive in and talk about our favorite tips and tricks.
TIPS FOR TREATING TEEN SKIN
1.) Regular cleansing is key
If we had to give just one piece of advice for treating skin in your teens, cleansing would be it. Regular cleansing will help control most of the factors that contribute to acne, such as buildup of dirt, sweat and debris. It will also help with excess oil production, which can often become an issue between the ages of 11-19 (and sometimes beyond.)
Daily cleansing with a gentle cleanser is recommended, but additionally if you play sports or workout, it is important to cleanse immediately following these activities to prevent build up of oil and sweat in the pores. You will also want to be sure to keep workout equipment and accessories like ball caps clean, as these can transfer additional bacteria and debris to the skin.
2.) Don't skip hydration
A common mistake when it comes to teen skin, is skipping moisturizer. So many teen acne products are geared at drying the skin and absorbing excess oil but this can actually make matters worse. If you are acne-prone, you should still moisturize daily with a moisturizer that is oil-free and non-comedogenic. If you look for these key words when shopping for a hydrator, you will be able to find products that hydrate without clogging the pores.
Skin that lacks moisture will often begin to overproduce oil in an attempt to re-balance. Another trick to help prevent this is to use a hydrating toner, which will give the skin a drink of water without adding a heavy layer of product to the skin.
3.) Look for products that are gentle, yet effective
When choosing skin care for teen skin, it's important to remember that we are still dealing with skin that is more sensitive than adult skin. Aggressive products simply aren't necessary and may exacerbate the issues by stripping the skin's natural protective barrier. Avoiding too many active ingredients, instead focus on gentle cleansing, exfoliation and hydration.
Exfoliation is beneficial for most teens but as a rule of thumb, younger teens (age 11-14) should start with manual exfoliation and spot treat blemishes rather than using an acne product for the whole face. Older teens age (age 15-19) can start to incorporate gentle alpha-hydroxy acids and beta-hydroxy acids for exfoliation in the form of an active cleanser a few times per week. Additionally, a gentle antioxidant serum would be appropriate for healing the skin post-breakout and for general skin health.
4.) Keep it simple
These days, we know teens have a lot on their plate. Therefore, we recommend keeping skin care very basic, with minimal steps. That way, you are more likely to follow the routine and not forget. Daily cleansing, hydration and sun protection are the most important steps and should be sufficient to keep skin healthy, if done on a daily basis.
Toning with a hydrating toner is a great follow-up step to cleansing when you have time, because it will help cleanse the skin additionally. Exfoliation should be done 1-3x per week and you should always take a break if the skin becomes irritated or inflamed.
5.) Troubleshoot triggers
In addition to keeping on top of your daily skin care, it is worth noting that sometimes other factors can contribute to breakouts and acne. To avoid transferring acne bacteria and triggering a breakout, pay attention to how often you touch your face with hands that aren't clean and be mindful not to pick the skin or pop blemishes.
Other items to keep clean include your phone, headphones, pillowcase and anything else that touches your face. These things can also transfer dirt and bacteria to the skin and trigger a breakout. The more you understand the hidden causes of breakouts, the easier it becomes to avoid them.
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