Skin care basics to learn as a teen
Teenage skin can often be on the receiving end of skin issues such as acne, blackheads or excess oil. Your teenage years are the perfect time to get a good grasp on skin care as you will be able to address skin problems and learn how to take care of your complexion early. Read our guide to understand how to take care of teenage skin.
Common Teenage Skin Care Issues
Once a person hits puberty their skin may change in appearance and type due to hormonal changes. Skin can suddenly have blemishes or excess oiliness. One of the most common symptoms is acne which is influenced by hormones called androgens. Androgens can cause an over production of sebum and oil which can result in clogged pores that form blackheads, whiteheads, or pustules, nodules and cysts. Acne can also result in acne-scarring on the skin as your pores and skin become distended by inflammation. Acne can change the shape of pores, often leaving them enlarged. Hyperpigmentation can also occur as a result of scarring.
Teenage skin is also often affected by oiliness. Oily skin is when your skin has a shiny appearance and feels greasy to the touch. Makeup doesn’t last on your skin for long periods of time; it frequently “slips” off your complexion within a few hours. Your skin feels clean and fresh usually only right after washing it. Within an hour your skin is likely to exhibit oiliness and shininess.
Skin Care For Teenage Skin
1. Cleanse Twice Daily
Teenage skin should be cleansed twice a day to remove oil, dead skin cells and sebum from skin’s surface — removing them decreases the likelihood of blemishes. Select a cleanser that can help regulate oil production and refresh your skin. A cleanser with charcoal can help absorb excess oil and can help remove impurities from skin’s surface. Garnier SkinActive’s Clean+ Shine Control Cleansing Gel dissolves dirt, excess oil and makeup. The formula infused with charcoal draws out impurities like magnet.
Removing dead skin cells is important to keep your complexion looking fresh and to stop blemishes such as acne and blackheads from forming. Use a product formulated with glycolic or salicylic acid which removes dead skin cells and can help smooth your skin’s overall texture. Garnier SkinActive’s Clean+ Blackhead Eliminating Scrub deeply cleanses, tightens pores and smoothes skin. The formula with charcoal draws out blackhead-causing dirt, oil and impurities.
3. Clay Masks
A clay mask can help remove excess oil and impurities, as well as make skin feel soft, clean and revitalized after you use it. Garnier SkinActive’s Clean+ Pore-Purifying 2-in-1 Clay Cleanser and Mask has creamy clay-based formula and multi-tasks as a cleanser or a mask to purify pores.
Even oily skin needs to be moisturized. Look for an oil-regulating, lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturizer to hydrate your skin. In the mornings it’s very important that you use a product formulated with SPF 15 or higher. Acne-prone skin is vulnerable skin and it can’t heal when it is regularly experiencing sun damage. Always protect your skin when you are outdoors. Garnier SkinActive’s Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Moisturizer Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 has an antioxidant complex of Vitamin C and E, Pine Bark Essence, and gentle exfoliating Lipo-Hydroxyl Acid (LHA), this fast absorbing, non-greasy formula turns dull, rough skin into smooth, polished-looking skin with a more radiant, even tone.