Skin Care Tips for Teens: Routine is Key
by Sarah Sawyer, M.D.
Keep it clean:
Gently wash your face twice daily. This will help avoid buildup of oil and dead skin that can lead to clogged pores and acne.
Remove all of your makeup every night. If you don’t, the makeup may prevent your acne treatments from working and also lead to more clogged pores.
Do not use products that over-process with harsh ingredients like menthol, witch hazel, alcohol or abrasive scrubs. The irritation they cause will likely cause an imbalance in your skin barrier resulting in redness, increased oil production, dry flaky patches and possibly more breakouts.
If you have a daily activity such as football or soccer practice, keep a package of baby or facial wipes with you to clean the sweat and dirt from your face as soon as you finish.
Try not to pick at a pimple. Picking at this delicate skin will increase your risk of scarring.
In the shower, wait to wash your back and face until after washing and conditioning your hair to prevent these products from leaving a residue on your skin. Do the same when brushing your teeth.
Keep it Simple:
The two best over-the-counter ingredients to fight acne are Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid. Benzoyl Peroxide is good for red, irritated, inflamed bumps. Salicylic Acid is good for blackheads and clogged pores. Spot or area treat rather than treat the entire face.
Use a lightweight moisturizer with sunscreen every day.
Ask for Help:
If your breakouts become bothersome or unmanageable, see a dermatologist. They can work with you to find the right treatment combination. Be patient. Give feedback and follow up.