Acne affects many people just as they hit their teens. It’s a common skin condition that usually begins in puberty and around 85% of people between the ages of 12 and 24 will experience some form of it. There’s no cure for acne but even serious cases can be managed. If your teen is experiencing serious and prolonged breakouts of spots and acne, come see our esthetician for advice. There are natural products that can relieve the symptoms. We know that acne can be a distressing condition at a time when appearance feels like everything. Unfortunately, even adults can experience embarassing hormonal breakouts.
What causes acne?
Changes in hormones can lead to increased sebum production, which is often made worse by using the wrong skincare products. Using over the counter products with a drying action can do more than just dry out the excess sebum – they take moisture out of the skin, causing your body to make even MORE sebum. When choosing acne skincare products, consult our professional esthetician for advice on which products will suit your or teen’s skin. Over the counter drugstore washes and lotions can be harsh and aren’t suitable for all skin types. Inflammation can also lead to acne in teens. If your teen plays a lot of sport and sweats a lot it can cause an acne breakout on their back. Other things that might irritate the skin include overdoing the cover-up cosmetics which can cause pores to become clogged.
So what can you or your teen do?
There are a few sure fire ways to reduce acne that every teen can benefit from. Even if they don’t suffer from major breakouts, teaching your teen to take care of their skin will be something that keeps their skin healthy for life.
1. Wash your face twice a day
Tell your teen to wash with lukewarm water and a gentle non-soap cleanser. Keep the water warm, not hot because very hot water can actually make acne worse. We use and recommend our all-natural, organic Probiotic Cleanser.
2. Use acne skincare products regularly
Find professional acne treatment products including a probiotic masque. We are proud to be selected as an Eminence Organic Skin Care retailer. No harsh chemicals are used in treatments at the Well Spa. Just plant-based, organic products that we use and love ourselves.
3. Apply moisturizer
Choose a moisturiser that’s oil free, non-acnegenic or non-comedogenic. (That goes for makeup and sunscreen, too.) Many people believe that they shouldn't use a moisturizer if they are prone to breakouts or have oily skin. This is incorrect. Dry skin will cause your body to produce more sebum making you breakout. A good probiotic moisturizer will help restore balance to your skin which means less breakouts for you.
4. Remember hair gets greasy too
Teens should be reminded that they need to keep their hair clean and off their face. They should aim to wash hair daily and after exercise, and also keep any sports helmets or caps clean to avoid transferring oil to their face.
5. Don’t pick!
Educate your teen about the dangers of skin picking - no matter how tempting it is to squeeze spots and blackheads, doing so just spreads bacteria, which makes more spots develop. Seek professional advice from a skin specialist if your teen develops severe acne that won’t respond to treatment, or the condition is becoming unmanageable. For most cases of mild acne, a good skincare routine will keep their skin in good condition and stop the acne from getting too bad.