Teenager acne seems to be a rite of passage for most teens. But even if it’s expected, there are solutions to keep it from being a nuisance or an embarrassment.
Teenager acne has become almost synonymous with hitting the age of thirteen.
As the body changes from child to adolescent, the pores on the face and the rest of the skin begin to secrete more oils, which increase the odds of pimples and other eruptions. This can be traumatic for many teens who have severe cases of acne.
The good news is that there are ways to prevent or “calm” acne without spending a fortune or heading to the doctor’s office.
Cleansing the Correct Way
It’s easy to think that the more you wash your face, the cleaner it will be, hence, the less acne you will have. But when you strip the face of the oils it needs to stay moist and supple, the skin responds by producing even more oils, which leads to an even greater chance of acne!
To stop this vicious cycle, teens should be washing their face twice a day – once in the morning and once in the evening. If your teen participates in any activities that cause them to perspire, a good face washing afterward is a smart idea, too.
Cleanse your skin with a gentle, non-soap based cleanser and warm (never hot) water.
Wet your skin, and then apply the cleanser as directed to the entire face, rinsing thoroughly and patting dry.
A toner or astringent can be used if your skin is especially oily.
As a final step, your teen should apply a light, oil-free moisturizer. This will help to restore the natural balance of moisture to the skin and hopefully prevent overproduction of oils in the skin.
You might also want to check out some home remedies for teenager acne. Chances are that you already have the ingredients right at home!
Myths That Don’t Add Up
Many teens believe that chocolate and fried foods are causing their acne, but this is not the case.
Though drinking more water can help to flush toxins out of the body, it's not necessarily going to stop the spread of acne.
You can also tell your teen that sodas don't cause acne either.
HOWEVER, touching their face and picking at their skin WILL increase scarring and the appearance of acne on the skin – so, hands off!
Some teens are blessed with good skin throughout their teenage years, but for those who are prone to breakouts, knowing the truth about cleansing and acne myths can help reduce the spread of acne and start increasing self esteem.