10 super simple tips for caring for teenage skin
When we’re possibly our most self-conscious, our skin decides to add to our insecurities.
Teenage skin can go through some dramatic changes in a short space of time and like most things, it’s different for everyone.
About teen skin
One minute you’re not even thinking about your skin, the next, it’s all you can think about.
Typical teen skin issues include excess sweat, excess oil and acne.
What’s the reason for such dramatic changes to your skin? Hormones.
Hormones have the power to change the structure and function of the skin.
The most notable change to teenage skin tends to be an increase in oil production (sebum).
This increase is thanks to a surge in 3 hormones - estrogen, androgen and progesterone - that stimulate the sebaceous (oil) glands.
Why is excess oil an issue?
Our skin cells are continually renewing, which means dead skin cells are continually shedding.
Our skin is also covered in bacteria and millions of tiny little pores.
When oil is being produced in excess, this can lead to a build-up of not only oil, but dead skin cells and bacteria.
This combination of oil, dead skin cells, bacteria and general grime can clog the millions of pores covering your skin’s surface, and that is where problems arise.
Bacteria multiply in the pore and this can lead to an infection, swelling and inflammation – or as we tend to refer to it – a pimple or acne.
Acne signs and symptoms vary depending on the severity of your condition.
Some might experience blackheads (open clogged pores) or whiteheads (closed clogged pores) that are irritating, but generally painless.
Whereas more serve forms of acne, like cystic lesions, can be extremely painful and angry looking.
What can you do about acne?
If you’re suffering from acne, you’re taking care of your skin and it’s not cleaning up, the best thing you can do is book an appointment with your doctor or dermatologist.
Taking care of teen skin
Whether you suffer from acne or not, taking care of teen skin is important.
A poor or non-existent skin care routine can quickly see healthy skin suffer from common teen skin complaints.
To give your teen skin the best chance of a healthy glow, follow these super simple teen-skin tips.
10 super simple tips for caring for teen skin
1. Try not to touch your face
Admittedly easier said than done, but touching your face regularly increases the chance of a range of bacteria and grime getting trapped in your pores.
Wash your hands regularly and try to keep face-touching to a minimum.
2. Cleanse effectively (and often)
When your skin is producing excess oil, cleansing becomes even more important.
You want to make sure the product you’re using to cleanse will effectively lift excess oil, grime and skin cells from deep within the pores.
Santé skin care range is made up of super-fine fibres (100-times finer than a human hair level of fine) that are perfect for reaching, lifting and trapping oil and bacteria from within the pores.
Needing only water, they are perfect for on-the-go cleansing too.
3. Choose products with kind ingredient
When your hormones are already causing an imbalance in oil production, the last thing you need is for this to be exacerbated by ingredients in your skin care products.
Some soaps and cleansers can have a drying effect on the skin. This might sound like a great solution to excess oil, however, it can actually cause your skin to overcompensate and produce even more oil.
Keep it natural and fragrance-free.
4. Stay hydrated
Staying hydrated is good for your overall health and wellbeing and can be important for your skin too.
Drinking water won’t make pimples disappear overnight, but if you’re dehydrated your body may signal to your glands to produce more oil – adding to the problem.
5. Don’t pick or pop pimples
It can be tempting to pick at pimples, but it never (ever) helps improve the situation.
Picking or popping pimples will only ever lead to longer healing time, potentially painful open sores and sometimes scarring.
Cleanse gently and regularly and see your doctor if the problem isn’t improving.
6. Avoid makeup… or make sure you remove it
Wearing no makeup and letting your skin breathe is ideal for teen skin (especially if you’re experiencing a break out) as this extra layer of product only adds to the pore-clogging problem.
However, we understand that covering up pimples with makeup can make you feel so much better.
If you wear makeup, make sure you remove it completely.
7. Still moisturise after cleansing
If your skin is producing excess oil, moisturising may not seem necessary, but moisturising helps keep skin hydrated.
Choose a natural moisturiser without fragrance that could irritate.
8. Use a face towel (not just your regular towel)
Using a used towel to dry cleansed skin can be counterproductive.
9. Gently exfoliate
Exfoliating is a great way to slough off old dead skin cells to reveal the healthy new cells underneath and works to prevent pores from becoming clogged.
Exfoliating too much or too vigorously can damage sensitive teen skin, so be gentle and minimise to 1-2 times a week.
10. See a specialist
Teen skin can have its up and downs and can affect your confidence.
If you feel like you’re doing everything you can to take care of your skin and you’re seeing no improvement it could be genetic.
Don’t worry, book an appointment with your doctor or a skin specialist and they will be able to help.