Being a teenager is difficult, and skin changes can contribute. It can also be difficult to tell teens and tweens what to do, including for their skincare routine.
This guide covers teen skincare routines for girls and boys.
Encourage your teens to make the most out of their skincare routine- sooner than later!
Navigating Teenage Skin
There are many biological differences between teenagers’ and adults’ skin. Teenagers’ bodies go through so much change and so rapidly that their skin is bound to react. As a result, many teenagers struggle with acne and other skin problems.
Skin problems can get frustrating, especially when your teen thinks they’re using all the right products. But part of the problem is often the “SKINCARE BUFFET”- too many products and changing them constantly!
Here are some of the reasons that skin just won’t behave for teenagers.
During the teenage years, hormones run wild. Teenage bodies are figuring out how to transition from childhood to adulthood — and this is not always easy for the skin.
Most hormonal changes that occur in teenagers boost the production of sebum, the skin’s natural oil. Excess sebum makes it easier for pores to clog up, which adds to acne breakouts.
Teenagers tend to sweat more, and it’s not just because they are more active. The sweat glands of teenagers are more active in response to hormonal changes in their bodies.
Excess sweating can add to acne breakouts directly and by way of damp clothing.
The good news is that this is likely temporary and usually resolves on its own over time.
Building a Good Teen Skincare Routine
Teenagers are pretty busy, so part of the battle might be helping them find time for a skincare routine and understanding why it is important to start early on.
There are ways to create a skincare routine that doesn’t take too much money or your teen’s time. Consider these key elements when you help your teen build their routine.
Choose a Gentle Cleanser (AND Make Sure They Use it!)
Your teen’s skin may be tough now, but that doesn’t mean they should use harsh products that are drying and irritating. Gentle cleansers can remove the day’s sweat, grime, oils, makeup, and sunscreen. Harsh, irritating cleansers can make the skin produce more oil. This can actually make acne worse and strip the skin’s moisture barrier. The same can happen from cleansing too often. Twice a day is ideal and plenty. The end of the day, of course, being the most important. Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser, Cerave hydrating cleanser, and La Roche Posay gentle skin cleanser are all great options. It is critical to make SURE your teen is washing their face every day!
Don’t Skip Moisturizer
Many acne-prone teens think that moisturizing their skin will clog their pores and lead to more breakouts, but moisturizer is important for everyone, whether they have oily or dry skin.
After using a cleanser, the skin’s natural moisture barrier is depleted. Skin requires some form of moisturization to restore that barrier and avoid overproducing oil.
If your teen’s skin suffers from frequent breakouts and blackheads, try giving them a lightweight moisturizer. These products will not clog their pores, but they do keep skin healthy and hydrated. Cetaphil lotion or Neutrogena HydroBoost moisturizer are lightweight options. Cerave cream or La Roche Posay Double Repair are creamier options for drier skin types.
Your teen might not have the time or motivation to carry out a full skincare routine every morning and night. However, they should at least complete the core steps to keep their skin in good shape.
In order to remain consistent with their skincare routine, teens should use the following daily:
- Gentle cleanser
Periodic Teen Hydrafacials can keep your teens’ faces decongested and clear! Seasonal Teen Hydrafacials are great for teens who do not battle much acne, and monthly treatments are best for those who do struggle with more acne or blackheads. Boys and girls benefit equally!
If you need help with your teen’s skincare routine, call to make an appointment with us!