Do you remember what it was like to be a teenager and wanting to grow up and be an adult as soon as possible?
It is a confusing time thats for sure. If you have a teenager or are a teenager yourself you will know all about the hormonal imbalances that are happening in this stage of life - the crazy mood swings, pimples and broken skin. Let us help you with a few things to assist is dealing with acne. 90% of adolescents suffer from acne so know that you are not alone.
What is Acne?
Acne is a result from the action of hormones on the skins sebaceous glands because of the release of sebum that empties onto the skins surface. This causes a mixture of the oil and allows bacteria that lives on the skin to grow in the follicle. When this starts to happen the pores become clogged with oil and pimples develop.
What NOT to do?
- Please don't scrub your skin. It is a myth that acne is caused by dirt but this is not true as we explained above. Harsh scrubbing will only irritator your skin and it also makes irritated scrub to produce more oil and that just leads to more acne, can you see this never ending cycle?
- Picking and squeezing pimples is wrong and is a very hard habit to break. If you touch or squeeze your pimples and then touch other parts of your face you are just transferring bacteria. This bad habit also contributes to acne scaring.
How to manage Acne, sometimes with a few simple measures acne can visible improve. However it can also be very persistent if so please see a dermatologist. Below are a few tips that may help you or your child with combatting acne.
- Always keep your skin clean. Wash your face twice a day, making sure you wash it before going to bed. Use a cleanser made for acne prone skin. When you use a scrub, try and use a mild one and make sure you are gentle.
- Keep your skin moisturised and hydrated. Also try using a toner helps control secretion of sebum.
- Always use a sunscreen and avoid tanning and being in direct sun. Acne prone skin is generally more sensitive than the other skin type.
- Make sure that your diet is rich in vegetables and fruits. A healthy diet translates to healthy skin and body
- Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night
- Learn to handle stress well. Stress is known to make an acne condition worse.
- Regular workouts do wonders to acne prone skin. The pores of the skin are open during a workout, the sweat flushes out all the dirt and bacteria
- Do not touch your skin unnecessarily
- Always clean the items that touch your face – mobile phone, earphones all these items carry bacteria from your hands and other services to your face.
- Be more diligent in washing your hands.
We have a few great ranges that assist in acne and skin care for teens. If you need any further guidance give our friendly beauty therapists a call and we can help you further.