Best Practices for Caring for Teen Skin

Do you have a teenager in the house? Along with the change in moods, worries about them getting their driver’s license, and the many areas of drama you now have to deal with, the issue of teen skin has probably also reared its ugly head. Both teenage girls and boys tend to have skin complaints at this age as hormones surge, oil production increases, and lifestyles change. Here are some best practices for helping your teen care for their skin during this stage of life.

Choose the Appropriate Cleanser

Up to this point, your child has probably been able to get away with washing his or her face with soap (or not washing it at all). However, once the teen years hit, oil production usually becomes an issue and special cleansers need to be used. Help your teen analyze their skin and see if they tend to get more oily or more dry. Make sure they know their skincare choices may look different from their friends based on what skin type they have. Guide them to a foaming or gel cleanser if they have oily skin and a lotion-based or milky cleanser if they tend to get more dry.

Remove Sweat and Makeup

The teen years are usually when kids start getting heavily involved in sports or when girls begin wearing makeup. Both have an effect on the skin and it’s important to encourage your daughter to remove makeup before bed and to help your son or daughter make plans to cleanse their face after practice or games.

Control Oil

Oil is usually one of the chief complaints of teens, and many make the problem worse by using harsh cleansers that actually cause their skin to produce more oil. Help them choose a salicylic acid-based cleanser that will gently address oil, encourage your daughter to use an oil-free primer, and buy blotting papers both girls and boys can use throughout the day if needed.

Wear Sunscreen

Now is a great time to start a sunscreen habit with your teen that will last them a lifetime. Many people do untold damage to their skin during their teen years and don’t experience the consequences until years down the line. Talk to your teen about the importance of protecting their skin and encourage daughters to find foundations with an SPF base.

Know When to See a Dermatologist

If your teen has red, pus-filled pimples or large lumps under the skin, you should consider taking him or her to the dermatologist. This type of acne sometimes needs treated with prescription medication and, if not properly addressed, could leave lifelong scars.

Help your teen start their skincare routine out right by helping them identify the type of skin they have and choosing appropriate products to moisturize, control oil, and protect their skin in the sun. If you have questions about helping your teen develop a routine or would like to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist, please visit our website.

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