Less-than-perfect skin is a problem at any age, but teenage skin is more problematic to maintain than most. The combination of changing hormones and environmental forces makes for a mosaic of skin problems that are difficult to predict and even harder to treat. Gildshire knows that much has been written about skincare problems, but are there any solutions? Here is what we know.
How do teenagers take care of their skin?
There are as many answers to this one as there are teenagers on their phones. So, I guess “haphazardly” might be the best answer. Like the rest of us, they start out with good intentions. They cleanse, moisturize, and exfoliate for, oh, two weeks. Then they do nothing for a week and a half. Then they restart a portion of the regimen and forget to start the rest of the routine. This pattern of on again off again skincare continues until they are…126 years old. The adults out there, if they are honest, will admit this is true.
What is the best skincare for teenage skin?
The most crucial time to get a routine started is once you see oily skin or blemish breakouts. That’s when it is best to use a facial cleanser in the shower. It goes shampoo to hair, cleanser to face, body washes to the body. Thoroughly clean all the way to the hairline, behind the ears, the shoulders, and the back. Avoid traditional soaps as they have a tendency to dry skin. By the way, most experts recommend evening showers for teens, unless they are hot and sweaty sleepers.
Which face cream is best for teenagers?
While there isn’t a one-size-fits-all for every face everywhere, Ursa Major’s Essential Face Wipes is a good one for most teens. Ursa Major’s groundbreaking 4-1 Face Tonic is infused into individually-wrapped bamboo-cloth wipes. It can be used as a pH-balanced cleanser, gentle-but potent exfoliant, skin-healer, and firming hydrator for all of the many skin types that teenagers present. The Essential Face Wipes give off a subtle and pleasant orange, fir, and lavender fragrance. They are refreshing after a workout and life-changing for breakout-prone teens.
What is the best skincare for teenage acne?
A skin breakout has nothing to do with how clean a teen keeps his or her skin. Or even how carefully he or she keeps to the skincare regimen that has worked before. Breakouts can and will happen and at the least opportune times. But, life as we know it does not have to be over. There are products on the market that can make breakouts last a shorter time than if they are left untreated.
Which spot treatment is the best for those breakouts?
None of them! This is the Number One mistake that teens and young adults have made for generations. Spot treatments are harsh drying agents that can leave sensitive skin with permanent damage in the form of scarring and pitting. Instead, start with a gentle salicylic face wash treatment that is mildly exfoliating yet not drying. If that does not do the job, try a face wash with azulene. That is a skin-calming product developed in just the last ten years. It is the go-to for many teens in warmer climates.
Above all, though, find what works for you, and you do you every day and every night. It takes some attention, but you will find it is worth it. Love your skin (and perform your skincare) like you love your best guy or gal. Chances are your skin will be with you longer.