Women's Skin Care - Tips for Teens

How to lose the acne and keep a youthful glow

When we hit puberty we notice more than hormonal and body changes - our skin changes as well. The beautiful baby soft skin we enjoyed maintenance-free during adolescence suddenly becomes dry or oily, and we experience breakouts of acne - sometimes uncontrollably. Acne occurs during puberty because over active hormones produce too much of an oil called sebum. If you're experiencing this now, some days it may feel as if your skin will never get better and you'll be stuck with red and bumpy faces forever.

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Fortunately, the cosmetic and skin care industry has evolved over the years, and there are numerous products created just for teenagers and their skin care woes. From cleaners and exfoliators to moisturizers and acne medications, you don't have to suffer from blemished skin! Here are some tips for achieving beautiful skin during your teenage years:

Acne Control:

  • Wash your face at least twice each day to remove dirt and oil.
  • Find a cleanser that is appropriate for your skin. Any skin care company will offer a selection of products made for a variety of skin types, including dry, oily, normal and combination skin. (People with combination skin have oily skin in their "T" zone - the area around their forehead nose and chin - but have normal skin on the rest of their faces.)
  • Use a moisturizer to keep skin hydrated, again choosing one to fit your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, make sure you pick up a hypoallergenic product that won't irritate your skin.
  • Never go to bed with makeup on; it will clog your pores and trap oil and dirt.
  • If you suffer from acne problems, find a good acne medication or cleanser. See a dermatologist if necessary. Be sure to take your skin type into consideration, as some acne medications will dry out your skin.
  • Do not squeeze or pop pimples. It will lead to scarring.

Maintaining Healthy Skin:

  • Drink plenty of water. This is the best and most natural way to keep your skin hydrated and looking fresh.
  • Use a gentle cleanser every day - once in the morning and before going to bed. Follow up with a toner and a moisturizer suited to your skin type.
  • Use sunscreen. This will help prevent early damage to your skin, which could lead to wrinkles down the road.
  • For dry or oily skin, exfoliate or apply a facial mask once a week.

Top Skin care picks

SkinCeuticals

SkinCeuticals Clarifying Cleanser is a multi-functional facial product that is appropriate for both girls and boys. This liquid cleanser is formulated for acne-prone skin, and works to 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 helps prevent future acne breakouts. It retails for $22.

Ahava

AHAVA Matifying Moisturizer for Oily Skin is a lightweight, oil-free moisturizing lotion designed for acne prone or oily skin. It helps cut down on the amount of oil in the skin, reduces the occurrence of blemishes and keeps the face shine-free. It is also hypoallergenic, making it safe for sensitive skin. This moisturizer retails for $28.

Jacks Girl

Jacks Girl Body Gloss Shimmering Moisture Lotion is the perfect gift for a teenaged girl. This body lotion is super hydrating and provides moisture for hours with ingredients like shea butter, glycerin and vitamin E. The sparkle effect provides a glowing, shimmering look. This lotion retails for $16

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