Adolescence is a pretty tough transition period. Unpredictable hormonal changes and crazy physical changes, whether you like it or not, happen.
One of the toughest things teens deal with is acne. Although acne can be genetic (you are more likely to suffer acne if any of your parents (or both) suffered from it), there are still many things you can do to keep it manageable.
These tips can be effective in managing all other types of acne — even adult onset acne.
NOTE: For cystic acne (with very painful cysts or fluid-filled lumps beneath the skin), kindly consult a dermatologist, who can prescribe oral antibiotics. If your acne is severe, an esthetician alone will not be enough.
Teens, these are what you can do to take care of your young skin:
- Maintain cleanliness. Your teenage life is the most crucial time in your life be hygienic! Oil glands in overdrive combined with activities like gym class and after school activities (team sports, skate boarding, dancing in your bedroom) create a face full of oil, dirt, and sweat.
Wash your face at least TWICE a day: in the morning when you wake up, and then again at the end of the day before going to bed.
Wet your face with warm water. Pull your hair back and wet your skin with plenty of warm water. Using hot or cold water can be abrasive to your skin, while warm water is gentle and won’t cause irritation.
Brush your teeth before washing your face, this will avoid bacteria in the mouth area from migrating down to your chin.
An extra (third) cleansing would be after a midday sports game or other sweaty activity.
You want to pick a cleanser that will cleanse well and gentle on your skin. Best to use Lanelle Clarifying Lotion using cotton balls BEFORE washing your face with gentle soap like Lanelle Pink-Black Soap.
For sensitive skin, you may use Lanelle Cleansing Soap with water. Apply this on your face and neck using upward, circular motion. Rinse, then pat dry with soft cloth. Try not to rub your face when you dry it, since this can irritate the skin
Wetting your skin before applying Lanelle Cleansing Soap will help the soap slide more easily across your skin, preventing you from having to use too much.
Showering daily is also vital to keep the oil from your hair from migrating down to your face. Keep a bottle of your facial cleanser in the shower so that you can wash your face while showering.
- Refrain from touching your face. Hands are our dirtiest body part. They are crawling with bacteria and dirt. You may often like to scratch at bumps, pick at things, or even just innocently lay your cheek in the palm of their hand. Never touch your face. That is the rule.
And also, NO PICKING! Most acne scars occur because you take matters into your own hands and pick at your pimples, usually drawing blood and creating scabs and holes which take weeks or even months just to heal.
- Gently exfoliate your skin. Exfoliating is the process of gently scrubbing your skin to remove dirt and dead skin cells. Exfoliating will keep your pores from getting clogged and help your facial skin look fresh and bright. Use a facial scrub or a washcloth to rub your skin in a circular motion, focusing on areas that tend to be dry or oily.
Best to use: Lanelle Cleansing Scrub – so gentle yet highly effective
Exfoliating too often or too vigorously can irritate your skin. Do it just a few times a week, and make sure you don’t scrub too hard. On the days when you don’t need to exfoliate, just skip this step when you wash your face.
- Apply toner for a smooth appearance. Apply toner, and we recommend Lanelle Whitening Toner One (mild), if you want your skin to look smooth and reduce the appearance of pores. Apply the toner using a cotton ball, focusing on areas where your pores appear large.
- Apply moisturizer. Choose a moisturizer formulated for facial skin and smooth a dime-sized amount over your face. Moisturizer helps to protect your skin from environmental damage and keep it youthful and bright. Best to use: Lanelle Skin Nutrient Gel
- Apply sunblock. If you’re heading outside, use one with moisturizer that contains sunscreen with at least SPF 30 or higher to protect your face from the sun’s rays.
Best to try for:
Oily or acne-prone skin: Lanelle Sunblock Gel with SPF30
Dry or flaky skin: Lanelle Sunblock Cream or Lanelle SBF Collagen Cream (both with SPF30)
- Be conscious of what you eat. If you look carefully at any pimple, large or small, you will notice that it is inflamed and red. Certain foods cause inflammation in our body and feed the inflammation of acne. Soda, hot dogs, pizza, and oily (even not) junk foods – these do not help.
Stay away from refined sugars, processed foods such as meats with nitrates and excessive amounts of dairy. These foods feed inflammation and redness. Our skin is the largest organ of our body and we need to feed it wisely.
- Get educated about your skin and skin care products. Instead of just reading a product recommendation from someone or seeing a magazine editor recommend it, learn about your particular skin and why it does what it does, so that you can navigate the products and brands out there as an educated consumer versus someone blindly grabbing for something out of desperation.
Choose Lanelle. Highly effective with guaranteed results. Enjoy!