Years of growth and hormonal changes in teens and tweens can result in multiple skin problems. Oily skin, acne, excess sweating and warts can make the already-awkward teenage years even worse. While some skin problems that result from hormones can’t be helped, these five great skincare products can help tweens and teens keep their skin clean and clear.
Between sports, after-school jobs, extracurricular activities, homework and friends, most teens and tweens are incredibly busy. Unfortunately, being busy can lead to teens not washing their skin properly. When sweat and dirt accumulate on the skin, they can combine with hormones to create acne. Keeping the skin clean is essential for clear, healthy skin. Gentle cleansers that contain salicylic acid are best for keeping skin clean and killing bacteria that leads to acne. Teenagers that tend to forget to wash their face may benefit from acne cleansing wipes that remove oil, dirt and bacteria with a simple swipe.
After washing the skin, toner can help to remove any traces of dirt, oil or makeup that remain and cause breakouts to occur. Unfortunately, some toners contain as much as 60 percent alcohol, which can dry the skin and irritate acne. Look for toners that contain skin-soothing ingredients such as rosewater and chamomile. Toners with plant-based extracts work to remove any excess soap, dirt and soothe irritated skin.
It may seem counterintuitive, but teenage skin needs to be moisturized. Because cleansers and toners work to remove all dirt and excess oil from the skin, it can lead to dryness. Look for moisturizers that contain natural ingredients and sunscreen and that contain ingredients that won’t clog pores.
Most over-the-counter acne medications contain sulfur, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or resorcinol. They work by drying up the excess oil on the skin, killing the bacteria that can cause acne and causing the uppermost layer of the skin to peel. Because they need to be on the skin for several hours in order to be most effective, it can be helpful to apply the medication overnight after cleansing and toning the skin. In the morning, teens should wash the medication off before applying a light moisturizer.
It can be hard for teenagers to think ahead to the future and see the important need for sunscreen. Most skin cancers begin as bad sunburns that people receive during their childhood or teenage years. Wearing sunscreen can help prevent skin cancer and premature aging from occurring from the harmful rays of the sun. Teenagers should make sure their moisturizer contains sunscreen; if not, applying it each day after their cleansing regimen to their arms, face and neck can be an extra step that could save their life someday.
Healthy habits often begin during childhood and a good skin regimen is one of them. Properly cleansing, toning, moisturizing and applying sunscreen to the skin each day will help teens and tweens to develop healthy life-long habits. These top five products can help save teenagers embarrassment and give them a healthy, clean glow.