Teenage years can be hard. Our bodies change, our voices change, we develop hair and, if that isn't difficult enough, our faces break out into a maze of red pimples. Acne is never fun to deal with no matter how severely you have it. Fortunately, there are ways to make it disappear and even prevent it.
The first step to having clear skin is to wash it at least twice daily. Avoid using hot water, as it will dry out your skin and create additional problems. Although many cleansing products are made specifically for girls, certain products, like Neutrogena, can be used by boys and girls. Or, try a no-fuss product that can be used in the shower for face and body, such as Jack Black.
As much as you may not want to hear this, cutting back on junk food is a sure-fire way to improve your skin. Your body processes everything you put into it and some of that will come out in the skin. Eating fatty, sugary foods can wreak havoc on your pores. Even though this rule has probably been drilled into your head for as long as you remember, eat your vegetables! Eating a healthy, balanced diet is important at any age and it is never too early to start. Your body will thank you for it later on in life.
Also, as hard as it may be to resist temptation, do not touch your face too often and do not pick your acne. Picking your skin will only irritate it, and will prevent your condition from clearing up. It can also lead to scarring. Apply the same rule to face washing - vigorous rubbing can cause your skin to flare up and the condition can become aggravated.
At some point during your teen years, you will need to begin shaving. Shaving actually helps exfoliate your skin; it gets rid of old, dead skin cells to make way for new, fresh skin. It is important to use a sharp razor each time you shave. A dull razor can lead to skin irritation, cuts and nicks and ingrown hairs. Always moisturize afterward to prevent your skin from drying out.
SkinCeuticals Clarifying Cleanseris a multi-functional facial product for girls and boys. This liquid cleanser is formulated for acne-prone skin, and will unclog pores and remove whiteheads, blackheads and oils. It contains a combination of salicylic, glycolic and mandelic acids. The Clarifying Cleanser also gently removes dead skin and can prevent future acne breakouts. It retails for $22.
AHAVA Matifying Moisturizer for Oily Skinis a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer designed for acne-prone or oily skin. It helps cut down on the amount of oil in the skin, reduces acne outbreaks and keeps the face shine-free. It is also hypoallergenic, making it safe for sensitive skin. This moisturizer retails for $28.