Your teenage years are hard enough, and acne shouldn’t have to add further stress in your life. Understanding the causes of acne and how to properly treat your skin can help you stay fresh-faced and confident all through your teen years. Put your best face forward with a solid skincare routine. Read on to discover the dos and don’ts of teen acne.
Do: Be Gentle
When dealing with changing hormones and oily skin, it is important to choose a mild cleanser without harsh chemicals. Simple, gentle cleansers are the best choice – if a product has a long list of ingredients, seems invasive, or makes big claims about its effectiveness, it is likely not the best choice. Acne Intelligence’s cleansers are developed with sensitivity in mind and are a good option for gentle face-washing.
You should also be gentle when washing your face. Use water that is warm, not too hot or too cold, to effectively open your pores and clean the skin without irritation. Don’t scrub your face with a washcloth, instead, use your fingers to gently massage the cleanser into your skin, and after, pat your face dry with a soft towel.
Don’t: Overwash Your Skin
Pesky breakouts make you want to do anything to get rid of them. It may seem like keeping your face as clean as possible at all times would be effective at combating your acne. However, overwashing your skin does more harm than good. Washing your face too many times a day can dry out your skin, causing irritation and damage that triggers more oil secretion and leads to more acne. For most teens, washing your face at night is sufficient. If you have especially oily skin, it is OK to wash once in the morning and once at night.
Do: Moisturize Daily
Using a mild moisturizer every day is essential to keeping your skin healthy and hydrated. A light moisturizer can act as a protective barrier between your skin and outside bacteria, as well as keep your oil glands under control. Be cautious not to use any overly heavy or greasy ointments even if your skin is dry, as these can clog your pores and do more harm than good. As a rule of thumb, a fast-absorbing, oil-free moisturizer is a good option for teens. Acne Intelligence’s moisturizers follow these guidelines and are designed to help acne-prone skin stay soothed, hydrated, and healthy.
Another important step in moisturizing is to use sunscreen. Studies have shown that sun damage is a major cause of aging in the skin and, even as a teenager, protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful rays is crucial. Too much sun exposure can affect your acne levels – the sun dries out your skin and can trigger overproduction of oils on the face. Add our SPF 30 with Moisturizer to any skincare plan for effective daily protection that won’t break you out.
Don’t: Blindly Follow Skincare Trends
Skincare is trendy right now. Influencers in the skincare industry preach about their favorite products, and it is easy to want to listen to what they recommend. However, what works for one person might not work for you. Everyone’s skin is different, and just because a certain brand or product is trendy at the time does not mean it’s going to be effective for your skin. You should always build your skincare routine around dermatological recommendations made specifically for you. Consult with an expert in person, or use Acne Intelligence’s state-of-the-art technology to build a regimen that works for your unique skin needs.
Do: Take Makeup Off Before Bed
It’s easy to remember to take off your makeup when it’s part of your daily nighttime routine, but do you still remember to do it when you’re at a sleepover? On a vacation? In order to keep your skin healthy and happy through your teen years, it is vital that you remove your makeup every single night. Sleeping with makeup on is a major culprit for clogged pores and an easy way to trigger breakouts on your face. Use a gentle cleanser or micellar water to take off your makeup from the day and break down any buildup that may have occurred.
Don’t: Pick at Your Pimples
While it may be tempting to start popping all the pimples on your face, we strongly recommend against it. The invasiveness of picking at a pimple will release the bacteria living inside and spread it to surrounding skin, making acne even worse. It can also create scarring on your face and cause skin imperfections that take longer to heal.
Do: Consider your Haircare Routine
If you’re actively fighting teen acne, you’ve likely put some thought into the products you’re putting on your face, but what about the products you are putting in your hair? With more serious cases of teen breakouts, you should look into your shampoo and conditioning routine. Many hair care products contain oils to keep your hair moisturized, but when these oils make their way down to your face, they can trigger unwanted acne. If possible, try to switch to an oil-free hair routine, and keep your hair off your face and forehead as much as you can.
Don’t: Underestimate Acne’s Impact on Confidence
Acne can be a major confidence drain. Studies by the American Academy of Dermatology have shown that teen acne can lead to low self-esteem and self-confidence, poor body image, social withdrawal, and even mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. If you’re feeling low, it may be caused by persistent breakouts. Understanding that acne impacts more than just your physical appearance is important to help you work through your skincare issues.
Skincare is a process. Knowing how to protect your skin as you work through teenage acne can help set you on the path to clear, healthy skin and renewed confidence. Ready to get started with an acne-fighting routine that really works? Download the Acne Intelligence app for your free consultation and personalized regimen today.