Author: Shannon Miller
If you have a teenager or if you remember your teenager days, you probably know what a pain skin issues, particularly acne, can be.
Because acne is often visible to others, appearing on the face or neck, it can easily cause someone to feel self-conscious. The good news is that there are things your teen can do and be aware of that can help them kick acne to the curb! So, if you have a teenager who is wanting to put a new face on this school year, share with them about what makes acne worse and what the best ways are to care for it!.
- Fluctuation of hormone levels in teenage girls (and adult women) 2 to 7 days prior to the start of their period
- Bike helmet, backpack, and tight collar irritation (i.e. wearing any too tight)
- Pollution and high humidity
- Squeezing or picking at pimples
- Scrubbing the skin too roughly
What to do for blemishes…
- Gently clean skin with a mild cleanser in the morning, evening, and after strenuous workouts (i.e. football, softball practice, etc.).
- Avoid squeezing, picking, or pinching pimples – all of which can result in scars or dark spots (no way to take a yearbook photo!).
- If your teen is using an acne medicine, they should be very careful about protecting their skin from the sun – many acne medicines can make people more likely to burn.
- Encourage your son to shave carefully. Softening the skin with soap and water before putting on shaving cream is a good idea. Don’t shave more than necessary.
- Help your daughter find oil-free make-up. Also, look for the word “noncomedogenic,” which means that the make-up won’t clog pores.
- Shampoo hair on a regular basis.