Skin care is important for people of all ages, particularly teens, who have fluctuating hormones that can cause a variety of skin problems. A vast array of products are available with specific ingredients to target top teen skin ailments, including oil and acne. Topical treatments can improve the appearance of your skin, but remember that a good diet, fresh air and exercise work from the inside out, adding a healthy glow and providing the nourishment for cell growth and regeneration.
Retinoid – Vitamin A
Teenagers who have a mild case of acne, pimples or blackheads may find that the ingredient retinol will help keep the condition under control. After washing and drying your face, apply a small amount of product containing retinol to the skin. Retinoids can be found in gels and other over-the-counter products as well as prescription skin care ointments.
To prevent premature aging and skin damage that will show up years later, always apply sunscreen before going outside. Look for a lotion with 30 SPF and reapply often. If you wear makeup, use foundation with sunscreen and layer it over moisturizing sunscreen for extra protection. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are examples of ingredients that provide defense against the sun.
Benzoyl peroxide is a popular ingredient that benefits acne-prone skin by helping kill bacteria. When you use a product that contains this ingredient, start out with a very small amount as too much can dry out and irritate skin. Be careful not to get it on clothing or dyed sheets, because peroxide will bleach the spots it touches.
Salicylic acid is another ingredient to look for in skin care products that treat acne. This acid helps dissolve oils that block pores and create pimples. The dead skin cells will naturally slough off after you use salicylic acid, leaving your skin looking fresh and new. Salicylic acid also prevents more breakouts by stopping future pimples and blackheads from forming.
Use a mild cleanser that is specifically for the face. Determine your skin type—oily, dry, normal or combination—before selecting a facial cleanser. Avoid cleansers with perfumes or dyes to get the best results and to prevent reactions with other skin care products.
Toss old makeup that has changed in appearance or smells different from when you originally opened it. Rather than use oil-based makeup, try using mineral makeup. It provides adequate coverage and isn’t as heavy on the skin, so it isn’t as likely to block pores and cause breakouts.
Debby Mayne started writing professionally in 1992. Her work has appeared in regional parenting magazines and she has been managing editor of the magazine, "Coping with Cancer." She was also fashion product information writer for HSN. During college, Mayne worked as an instructor at a fitness center. She holds a Bachelor of Science in health, PE and recreation from the University of Southern Mississippi.