Teen Skin


From breakouts that come out of the blue, to an oily complexion that shines out of control, the teen years can be filled with skin problems.As many young adults do, you probably feel you are the only one who is affected.  However, the truth is that you are not!

As a facialist, I understand how frustrating and embarrassing certain teen skin problems are.  However, you would be wise to remember that it is not just you.  Plus, there is always a way to make it better.  It is just a case of working out the best course of action.

Let us look here on some common teen problems.


As hormone levels rise and bodies change, skin reacts.  For some teens, it’s an occasional pimple or blemish.  For girls, it can occur right before each menstrual cycle.

It is important t remember that stresses associated with teen life can also be a contributing factor.

For many teens, over-the-counter acne treatments containing benzoyl peroxide and/or various acids in a cream, lotion or gel will do the trick. The key, however, may be to purchase several different products and rotate them.

Very often your skin responds favourably, then all of a sudden the product stops working.  The way to deal with this is to have two or three products you like and switch them.  By this I mean, using one for two to three months and then changing once breakouts are no longer controlled.

If acne doesn’t clear, see your doctor as soon as you can.

Oily Skin

Although oily skin and acne often go hand-in-hand, this isn’t always the case.  Some teens suffer from oily skin alone.

You can use topical treatments to ‘mop up’ the oil, or you can get to the root of the problem which is excess oil production, and shut it down.  Both methods can work very well.

When the glands “wake back up”, in anywhere from a few months to a year, additional treatments can put them back to bed in no time.What you don’t want to do is wash your face excessively, trying to get rid of the oil.The super clean feeling people get from using soaps is derived from stripping the fatty oils from our skin, and is more harmful than good.  Instead try our cleanser and you will notice a difference.

Excess Sweating

Be it on the palms of your hands and soles of your feet, under your arms, in your scalp, or anywhere on your body, if you often find yourself drenched in perspiration, you’re not alone.
Often this is caused by stress.  With excess sweating most often occurring under the arms.For this situation, all you need is a maximum strength antiperspirant.They work by plugging the sweat ducts so the perspiration never reaches the skin.  If over-the-counter antiperspirants don’t seem to help, your doctor can prescribe medical strength products.

Tips to control excess perspiration:

  • Wear natural fibers like cotton, which are cooler and absorb sweat.
  • Use absorbent inner soles and try to alternate shoes, leaving a day in between wearings so they can dry out.
  • Avoid foods and drinks that seem to trigger sweating. These are different for everybody, but some doctors say they may include spicy dishes, or very hot liquids such as soups.

Eczema/Atopic Dermatitis

Although more common in younger children, experts say that sometimes, these patches of dry, scaly, reddened skin follow kids into their teen years.

Many teens involved in sports find their childhood eczema grows worse, frequently aggravated by trauma or by sporting equipment worn on the knees or ankles.

Sometimes, a non-perfumed, heavy duty moisturiser is all you need.  Experts say this is particularly important if you shower after sports and go out into cold weather, which can further dry and irritate skin.If a moisturiser doesn’t help , or if the skin begins ‘weeping, oozing, or it becomes significantly red or itchy, it’s time to see a doctor.


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