It’s already hard enough to be a teenager going through multiple tasks you are not ready for and the pressure from everything and everyone around you. Having bad skin is one of them, I had them, I still do actually, but I am taking good care of it now. That’s why I am going to give you, the best skin care routine for teens.
Just so I can make your life as a teenager a little bit better and easier, less to worry about and more to focus on. Not taking care of your skin during your teenage year can have detrimental effects on your skin as you get older, and people don’t realize that. I always thought I am still young, I don’t need a proper skin care regimen or routine.
I was wrong, and there wasn’t really anyone that could tell me about the importance and relevance of taking care of my skin. I had to learn it the hard way, but you don’t.
Is It The Right Skin Care Routine?
If you are already following a skin care routine, but those annoying and hideous looking blackheads and whiteheads are still coming back, then perhaps there is something wrong, right?
But what could be wrong if your friends of the same age and same ethnicity are using the exact same skin care routine as you? Don’t stress, there’s an explanation for this.
The reason for that is most likely because you and your friends don’t have the same skin type. You could have an oily skin type while she has a combination of oily and dry, and vice versa.
So it is very very important to know what your skin type is, and then follow a regimen for that type of skin specifically. If not, your skin might get even worse, it doesn’t have to be like that, but it can definitely increase the chances.
One of the easiest way to determine your skin type is by visiting a dermatologist, there is no better way to be sure than getting the advice of a professional. And while you are at, ask for some skin care tips, it doesn’t hurt to ask.
Know What Your Skin Type Is
This is of utmost importance when it comes to a well planned skin care routine, know what your skin type is.
Based on the skin type you have, you can then ask your dermatologist for some advice or to help you come up with a better skin care regime. Below I will list the 3 most general types of skin.
Skin Type #1
For the first one, I am going to talk about oily skin, because that’s what I have. Here’s how I know I have oily skin and if you feel kind of related, the chances are you do as well. My skin is super shiny and its slippery to the touch. I can get out of the shower 10 minutes ago, and my face around my nose area is already a little shiny.
If you have this skin type that means your sebum production is over producing, which then lead to, too much oil surfacing on your face. The reason behind this is usually as a result of hormonal changes throughout the years when you hit puberty. That is why most teenagers start to develop acne breakout during puberty.
Tip: Your skin is thicker than normal when you have an oily skin type, that’s why it is important not to pick your pimples whenever you have one, that can lead to permanent scars. Also, use products that are specially formulated for oily types, non-comedogenic ones.
Skin Type #2
The second one I will be talking about is the dry skin type. If you have dry skin, you will notice your skin to be dry, literally. It can be scaly and irritated with rough a surface. This is the opposite from oily, your face will look like it is wrinkly at times.
This one is also caused by hormonal changes and the way your genes are, moisturizing your skin is probably one of the most important thing you can do if you have this kind of skin type. You will notice a significant change on your skin if you use moisturizer.
Tip: Dry skins have almost non visible pores but are less elastic as well, keep your skin as hydrated as possible. Drink plenty of water and use a moisturizer that’s good and easy on your skin.
Skin Type #3
Here I am going to talk about the third and last skin type. There are probably more, but these are the most general classifications when it comes to skin types. The third one which I am going to talk about is the combination skin, sounds obvious doesn’t it?
The combination skin type is basically as it says, combination of the oily and dry skin. It is the most common skin type in the world. The t-zone on your face is usually the oily part of your face when you have this type of skin while the cheek area is somewhat dryer and tighter.
Tip: Sometimes your skin might even feel dehydrated and other times a little oily and that is perfectly normal. Even though this particular skin type is less problematic, it is still highly recommended to use a moisturizer for the dry area of your face.
If You Are Wearing Makeup
This one is for the ladies, if you are using makeup, be careful what kind of makeup you are using. Even some of those top rated brands like NYX, Urban Decay, NARS, Make Up For Ever and Wet N Wild can be bad for your skin. Check the ingredients, do some research and see for yourself it is worth it or not.
Are you breaking out more often when using one specific brand or are you feeling like your skin gets irritated a lot when using this brand?
So just try to experiment with different brands and you will find one that’s easy on your skin.
Never, and I repeat you should never go to bed without wiping off your makeup.
Maybe your best friend does that and her skin is silky smooth to the touch, but you are not her, and she is not you. At least use a cleansing wipe to wipe off most of the makeup before you go to bed.
Sleeping with makeup on will for sure improve the chances of breaking out, it is said that you might even develop periocular dermatitis. That’s when you develop small pustules or papules on the skin, usually around the eye. Does not sound very appealing does it?
And for the love of God, don’t share your makeup with your friends, you don’t want to get the germs all mixed up.
Another great way to add to your skin care routine is by exfoliating your face, but be careful not to overdo it. You only need to exfoliate your face twice a week, no more, no less. When exfoliating, try not to scrub it, that may seems like it helps to get rid of the blackhead or whitehead, but it doesn’t.
2. Wash Your Pretty Face
I honestly don’t get it why people keep touching their face like it’s a towel. If you could see the amount bacteria on your hands, you would probably think twice before touching your face ever again. Keep your hands off your face, I can’t say it any simpler than that.
If you were to get 3 new pimples every week, just by touching your face less, you will most likely develop only 1 pimple a week. That may not be completely true, but just to give you a perspective of how important it is and how much better your face would look like.
3. Pimple Popper
I know how it feels to see that yellow/white thing on your face, you just want to go at it, and pop it. Fight off the temptation, and even though I am telling you this, sometimes I pop my pimple as well, but I do it subconsciously, and then I stop immediately when I realized what I am doing.
That’s a bad habit, I got a bad scar just because of that. When you pop a pimple you are actually damaging the skin wall inside your pimple which can lead to infection and inflammation and eventually leaving a scar. I almost never popped a pimple anymore after fighting it off again and again. Learn from my mistake, otherwise…suffer the wrath of the scar permanently!
4. The Sun Is Not Always Friendly
Your skin needs vitamin D, and the best kind of vitamin D is probably activated by the sun, but that doesn’t mean you should stay outside for a very long time, no.
Your skin makes a good amount of vitamin D when exposed to the sun although that is true, it is not recommended for a long period of time.
Never forget to put on sunscreen when you are going out, the sun can do more harm than good, especially if you are going outside for longer than 15 minutes. Just make the extra effort and put on some sunscreen.
If you want to know which sunscreen to use, you can check out this review here.
My Final Words
Follow these tips and determine your skin type, and I am sure your breakouts will be very low. It is almost impossible to stop getting pimple from time to time, but you can definitely keep it as low as possible.
I hope you enjoyed this article and I hope you will follow these tips, puberty is hard, but don’t be discourage by a pimple here and there, that’s why we are here to help you get through difficult times with your skin.
Share your experience if you want, and if you have any questions, don’t hold back, just ask and I will reply as soon as possible.