Puberty tends to get into full swing between the ages of 10 and 14 for girls, and 12 and 16 for boys. While your body is developing, your body odor increasing, and you're noticing an awful lot of mood swings, two other notable things are also likely to be going on — you're developing your first romantic feelings, and your skin is, well, doing things you'd rather it wouldn't.
During this time, you'd love to have clear and beautiful skin, but is it out of reach? The short answer is that hormone-induced skin changes during puberty are completely normal, but that a good skincare routine can absolutely help you out.
Here's what you need to know.
What Kind Of Skincare Routine Do Teens Need?
Actually, you need to figure out what your skin type is before you do anything else. Here's a breakdown of different skin types:
- Normal skin has a good balance of moisture and oil. Your pores aren't highly visible but there, and you don't have very many pimples or flaky skin.
- Dry skin feels, well, dry to the touch and may feature "flakes". Looking for your pores is like looking for a needle in a haystack!
- Oily skin features many more pimples and blackheads, and has a sheen to it. Your pores are open and readily visible.
- Combination skin is a combination of normal and oily skin. Your "T-zone", the area stretching from your forehead down to your nose and sometimes your chin in a T shape, is oily while the rest of your face is "normal".
All skin types benefit from daily cleansing and moisturizing. How you go about it will be different depending on your skin type, though!
Teens with normal skin can cleanse their face twice a day with any mild cleanser, and then use a moisturzing day cream for normal skin. Those with drier skin need to watch out not to take hot showers too often and too long, while using an mild cleanser once or twice a day. Day cream plays an important part in their routine, but they need to make sure it doesn't contain any alcohol. Teens with oily skin, meanwhile, will love a cleanser that contains salicylic acid to strip the excess sebum away and minimize acne. They need to look for oil-free moisturizing creams that do not clog the pores, and refrain from squeezing pimples! They may also like to check out spot treatments for pimples. Those with combination skin will combine skincare methods for normal and oily skin.
Another thing teens of all skin types benefit from is a sun protection cream. This helps prevent skin cancer and signs of premature aging.
Not rocket science, is it?
If You Suffer From Acne
Do you get more than the occasional pimple? Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid are two products that are available over the counter in many different forms, from face wash to spot treatments and gels. These will both help you keep your acne at bay.
Should you not notice a good improvement after about a month of using either, you may want to ask your doctor for something more effective, like retinoids, prescription bezoyl peroxide, or even antibiotics — as bacteria play a great role in acne.
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