As I struggled with my skin as a teenager and a young adult, I would of loved someone to have educated me on how to look after my skin and this is perhaps what I would of told myself if I had the knowledge I have today.
Your skin is going through huge changes, in fact, some of the biggest changes you will experience are happening now. Not until you are in your 50’s will you see as many changes and this is because of the same thing in both age groups; HORMONES!
Hormones are chemicals that send messages to cells. During adolescence, there are a few hormones that will influence the skin, one of them; Testosterone, may have an impact on oil producing glands. This then stimulates a thicker sebum and more of it, which can increase the risk of follicle blockages called comedones; commonly known as ‘blackheads’.
Inflammation can occur and along with the production of pus, giving us pustules, commonly known as ‘pimples’ may occur.
Well, aggressively washing the skin and picking pimples is not the answer, in fact, it can make the problem worse.
As teenage acne is usually hormonal, it is difficult to treat this from a topical point, however, understanding the correct products to help treat breakout or acne is beneficial to reduce scarring and spreading.
The following is the procedure I would suggest for anyone in the age group of 13-19 with or without acne:
Love who YOU are. You are unique, you are special and you deserve to be happy so do something everyday that involves a smile. A positive attitude may be something you need to work on, but if you start now, you will be a better adult with a happier outlook on life.
I hope this helps you with starting out on a skin care regime. Remember, it takes 21 days (approx) to make a habit so give your self some time to gather momentum, it will be something you will thank yourself for when you are older! I also suggest you find a Skin Care Therapist that can start you on clinic treatment every month – six weeks. Clinic treatments for this age group focus on deep cleansing and extracting any blackheads to eliminate pimples and scarring.
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