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Teen Skincare: Safe and Effective Routines for Young Skin

Posted by Ellie Swain on Mar 15th 2024

Teen Skincare: Safe and Effective Routines for Young Skin

As a teen, it can sometimes feel like one day your skin is as flawless as your favorite influencer's Instagram feed, and the next, it's like a battleground for breakouts and oil slicks.

But don't sweat it - we're about to dive headfirst into the vibrant, ever-changing universe of teen skincare. Here's to mastering the art of skincare in your younger years.

Understanding Teenage Skin

First things first, understanding your teen skin type is essential. Whether your skin is oily, dry, combination, or sensitive, recognizing what it’s telling you is the first step to tailor-making your routine. Remember, it can feel like your skin type can change faster than your mood before vs. after coffee, so stay observant and adapt as needed.

To learn more about your skin type, check how your complexion feels a few hours after washing it. Does it feel tight and parched, slick and greasy? Or a mix of both in different areas? This quick test can give you crucial clues.

Also, pay attention to how your skin reacts to different products or changes in the weather. Each clue you uncover brings you closer to solving the puzzle of your skin type, setting the stage for a tailored and effective routine.

The Skincare Basics

Let’s go through some of the skincare basics for teenage skin.

  1. Cleanser: Cleanser is your loyal sidekick, ready to wash away the day’s drama (and dirt). Opt for gentle, non-comedogenic (won't clog pores) formulas, like the soothing Tuel Clear As Day Milk Cleanser. Oily skin types might love gel-based cleansers, while dry skin types might bond better with creamy, hydrating options. And if your skin is sensitive, fragrance-free is the way to be.
  2. Moisturizer: Yes, even if your skin seems oilier than a slice of pizza, you need moisturizer. It will keep it balanced and hydrated. Go for oil-free options if excess shine is your nemesis, and always, always listen to your skin’s hydration needs.
  3. Sunscreen: The unsung skincare hero, sunscreen is your guardian against UV rays. It prevents everything from sunburns to early signs of aging. Make it a non-negotiable part of your morning routine, even if you spend 99% of your day indoors.

Tackling Acne

Now, let’s talk about the elephant in the room - acne. It’s as common as having a crush on the wrong person and equally frustrating. But with patience and the proper care, it’s manageable. Here’s how to look after acne-prone teenage skin:

  1. Gentle exfoliation: Once or twice a week, introduce a gentle exfoliator into your skincare routine. This helps remove dead skin cells and unclogs pores, which is basically a peace treaty for acne-prone skin. Chemical exfoliants with salicylic acid are great, but remember, gentle is the keyword. The Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Exfoliator is an excellent option, and it’s calm enough for daily use.
  2. Spot treatments: For those pesky pimples that pop up uninvited, dedicated spot treatments can be your secret weapon. Look for ingredients like benzoyl peroxide or tea tree oil, but use them sparingly to avoid irritation.
  3. Don’t pop the pimples: As tempting as it is to pop those zits, resist the urge. Popping can lead to scarring, infections, and more pimples. Instead, treat them kindly, and they’ll leave without causing a scene.

Lifestyle Tips: Beyond the Bathroom Counter

Your skin is affected by much more than what you apply to it.

Here are some lifestyle tips suited for teenagers struggling with their skin:

  1. Hydration and diet: Drinking plenty of water and munching on skin-loving foods (think fruits, veggies, and omega-3s) can work wonders. It’s like feeding your skin a portion of health from the inside out.
  2. Sleep: Never underestimate the power of beauty sleep. It’s when your skin goes into repair mode, healing from the day’s adventures.
  3. Stress management: It’s easier said than done, but stress is like kryptonite for your skin. Find your zen through activities you love, like yoga, painting, or dancing in your room like nobody’s watching.

Embrace Your Skin Journey

Remember, skincare is a personal journey, and what works for your best friend might not work for you. Be patient, give products time to work their magic, and don’t be afraid to consult a dermatologist if your skin issues feel overwhelming. Your teen years are a rollercoaster, and your skin is along for the ride. With the right care, you can help it enjoy the journey a bit more. Here’s to happy, healthy skin and embracing the adventure, one skincare step at a time.


Do you want more skincare advice? Here’s how to refresh your look in minutes when transitioning from office desk to date night.