Treating Teenage Skin: How teens can achieve a clear complexion

While we often think of the physical toll of acne, its effects go much deeper. What is commonly viewed as a rite of passage for many teens and young adults can profoundly impact classroom performance and mental health. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “People with acne have said that their skin makes them feel unattractive, embarrassed, or self-conscious. These feelings can cause some teens to avoid trying out for sports, getting a part-time job, or participating in class.” That’s why it’s critical that teens and young adults establish a consistent – and effective – skincare routine early. Here’s how teens can achieve a clear complexion that helps them put their best face forward.

Understand Your Skin Type
Identifying your skin type is the first step in creating an effective skincare routine. Teens typically have combination or oily skin, but some may have dry or sensitive skin as well. Understanding your skin type will help you select appropriate products that cater to your specific needs. If you’re unsure, consulting a dermatologist is a great way to gain insight into your skin’s unique characteristics.

Establish a Consistent Skincare Routine
Consistency is key to achieving healthy skin. Implement a simple yet effective skincare routine that includes cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. Cleansing twice a day, morning and night, helps remove dirt, excess oil, and impurities. Follow it up with a gentle toner to balance your skin’s pH levels. Finally, use a non-comedogenic moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated without clogging pores.

Combat Ane With Targeted Products
Acne is a common concern among teens, but it can be managed with the right approach. Look for skincare products specifically designed to treat acne-prone skin. Ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are effective in combating acne-causing bacteria and preventing future breakouts. A licensed dermatologist can recommend specific products that address your specific needs and concerns.

Don’t Touch Your Face
Throughout the day, your hands come into contact with numerous surfaces that harbor bacteria and dirt. Touching your face can transfer these impurities to your skin, potentially causing breakouts. Be mindful of this habit and avoid touching your face unnecessarily. Regularly wash your hands, and if you need to handle your face, use a clean cloth or tissues.

See a Dermatologist
While it’s tempting to turn to social media for skincare advice, only a dermatologist will be able to recommend the right products and treatments for your specific skin concerns. If you’re struggling with acne or any other skin conditions, don’t hesitate to make an appointment at our practice.

Give yourself (or your teen) the gift of back-to-school confidence by making an appointment at the Dermatology Institute and Laser Center. Call our Clifton (973-472-1000) or North Bergen (201-255-4046) office to start clearing up your complexion today.