By definition, adolescent skin is difficult to deal with. Fluctuating hormone levels encourage skin to generate a lot of sebum – that’s the naturally produced oil which keeps our complexions soft and prevents dryness – and this in turn contributes to outbreaks of pimples, blackheads and a shiny complexion. Even if your teenage skin is fantastic for your age, it’s still a good idea to get into the habit of looking after yourself with a solid cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising regime. This will set you up with a good foundational routine on which to build later in life. To help you to manage your adolescent complexion, I’ve put together this list of 7 tips to care for teenage skin.
1. Don’t over-wash
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Cleansing your teenage skin is very important, but it is equally crucial that you take care not to overdo it. Your face should be washed twice daily; more than this and you’ll simply be stripping your skin of essential sebum, encouraging it to produce more.
2. Get the Product Right
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Teenagers need to select their skincare products with care. Pick a range directed especially at adolescent skin. This kind of item should contain active, anti-bacterial ingredients to fight acne and infection, and some also include a gentle anti-inflammatory to soothe redness and swelling associated with pimples. Go for something fairly mild, especially if your skin is a little sensitive; some acne treating washes can be quite brutal. Remember, you goal should be to keep your skin clean, and never to dry it out.
3. No Picking!
Try to avoid touching or picking your pimples; this runs the risk of spreading infection and also of bruising and damaging your delicate facial skin. Instead, apply a good quality spot treatment and leave the zit well alone.
4. Always Remove Your Makeup
If you are wearing concealer or foundation during the day, you will absolutely need to take it off at night. Leaving it on will simply result in blocked pores which can, over a short period, develop into blackheads and full-blown pimples. Find yourself a good quality makeup remover and get into the habit of applying it every night; this will give your skin a chance to ‘breathe’ and so will help you to maintain clear, clean complexion.
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As we’ve established, your teenage years are the time during which you want to be acquiring good skincare habits and sunscreen should absolutely be on your list of these. The earlier you begin to wear a sun-block, the better; less exposure to harmful UV rays means fewer wrinkles and healthier skin in the long run.
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Even though your skin might be oily, it is still important that you keep it well moisturised with a good-quality product directed especially at teenage skin. Go for something that is oil-free; this will help you to keep your pores clear and open, thus preventing pimples. Products with an SPF are preferable; this way, you’ll be protected from the sun all the time.
7. Do Speak to a Dermatologist
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If you find that your acne is getting a little out of hand, and you’re really beginning to suffer, it is always a good idea to have a chat to a professional dermatologist. There is a variety of extremely effective acne treatments available today, and the chances are good that your skincare specialist will be able to help you to manage your skin.
Adolescent skin is difficult to manage but it is possible to keep yours in great shape as long as you manage it correctly. This list of 7 tips for teenage skin is designed to give you just a few basic ideas and hints, however there are literally hundreds more good habits you might want to acquire. Have you got any great suggestions of your own to contribute?
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