Adulthood is reached midway when your child is in the teen years. The body experiences a number of hormonal changes beside the anxieties and hassles of school, friendships and social pressures. As a result of all these stress, skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis can appear, wreaking havoc on a teenager’s confidence and self-esteem. Understanding the process of developing and maintaining healthy skin care routine is of primary significance for a teenager prior to buying or using the various skin care products available in the market.
Determine Skin Type
Teenage skin is susceptible to excess oil or sebum and acne because of the intense hormones. Though, it is widely believed by the teens that the products targeting excess oil should be used only. It is important to note that not all teens have oily skin, so products that target excess oil can wreak havoc on skin that is prone to dryness. Therefore it is vital to determine your skin type. Just wash your face and wait for minimum five minutes to learn about your skin type. If your skin’s surface appears shiny, then you have oily skin. Skin that feels dehydrated or tight is considered to be dry. If your skin seems shiny on your forehead, chin, and nose areas, then you have a combination type. Skin that does not seem shiny or dry is considered as normal skin.
Use Gentle Products
If you are suffering from acne, avoid using products with strong formulations. You might be left with increased skin irritation. Do not use products that have dyes, fragrances or sulfates included in their ingredient listings. A product including alcohol as an ingredient may soak up the oil and assist to dry the pimple but may also initiate irritation in the skin. It is advisable to seek dermatologist’s opinion while using acne-specific products like benzoyl peroxide.
Excess of oil is responsible for development and multiplication of acne causing bacteria. During the teen years, cleansing your face twice a day is recommended. Even washing your face thrice is helpful in case you are likely to sweat profusely and have an active lifestyle. Use a cleanser that is gentle and does not contain heavy fragrances or alcohol. Follow up with an oil free moisturizer. This results in prevention of excess oil secretion and reinstate the moisture that is already lost.
Anti-aging and wrinkling is the next thought on the teenager’s mind. However, the damage to your skin as a result of ultraviolet radiation begins to accumulate in your teen years. This damage will manifest itself in the form of wrinkles and age spots in your twenties. Hence, whenever you go out, do not forget to apply sunscreen on your face and neck to avoid any such damage at later age. A minimum of SPF 15 is advised by the dermatologists for better skin protection. Do not forget to apply it to your neck area as well. Non comedogenic formulations and oil- free sunscreens are available in the market too. A very good substitute is to opt for natural sunscreen that contain zinc oxide.
Hence, to boost to your confidence and self-esteem as a teenager, just follow these simple skin care tips and achieve glowing, vibrant and flawless skin.