Letís face it, acne sucks! Yet it is the most common
issue that teens have to deal with everyday. We all strive for a great
complexion, yet this results with many factors: genetics, lifestyle,
nutrition, and age. By selecting the correct skin regimen for your skin
and life stage, will help your skin stay healthy and radiant.
Significant hormonal changes that occur during the teen
years tend to cause production of sebum (oil) to increase so that teen
skin tends to be oilier. Formally normal skin may begin to see pimples
popping up and oily skin may experience significant breakouts. To avoid
scaring and imperfection it is very important to start a proper skin
care protocol during your teenage years. Taking care of your skin now
will not only make you look better now but will help your skin continue
to glow as you get older.
Now, the first thing to keep in mind when choosing a
facial cleanser is to find a cleanser that rinses clean and thoroughly
cleanses the skin WITHOUT stripping it. If you have acne-prone skin,
consider the washes that contain salicylic acid to control oil
production. Benzoyl peroxide is great to treat pimples or and glycolic
acid is used to get rid of dead skin cells. For those who have dry or
sensitive skin, consider cleansers that are not irritating and contain
soothing elements (like aloe vera) and hydrating ingredients. One
important factor to keep in mind is that everyone has different skin
types, so to achieve optimum results, make sure you select products that
are right for your skin.
Once your face has been cleansed, protect it from
environmental pollutants and sun damage. The most important way to
protect the skin is to use SUNSCREEN. The sunís powerful rays cause both
immediate and long-term damage. This includes dark spots, loss of
firmness, wrinkles and possibly melanoma. Using a daily moisturizer with
an SPF of at least 15 is one of the best ways to protect the skin daily.
Everyone has different skin types so be sure to choose the moisturizer
thatís best for your skin. Always make sure that it contains sun
protection along with vitamins and nutrients to prevent and restore.
Lastly, there is a time where you must ďtreat?or ďfix?
the skin. Use a product that contains an antibacterial agent to fight
the P-Acne bacteria. If you find that your skin is shiny before lunch
hours, try to treat your skin at night with an oil-reducing product
containing salicylic acid to minimize the oil production.
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