We’ve rounded up the best skincare for tween and teenage skin which, when coupled with a healthy diet, not eating too much sugar and not smoking can prevent or reduce the anxiety that comes with acne.
While researching – and before buying – the best skincare products for teens, it’s important to understand your skin type.
Blemishes, large-pores and oily skin in the T-zone (the forehead, eyebrows, nose and chin). Your cheeks are dry and sometimes tight.
Your skin is shiny and has large pores. This skin type is most likely to have teenage acne and blackheads on the forehead, nose, chin, upper chest area or back.
This happens because sebum (oil) production is working harder than necessary, usually due to hormonal changes during puberty (and a reason why a teenager skin care routine is important).
Tender and delicate skin with small pores which is especially sensitive to environmental influences and stress.
Using the wrong products can result in anything from redness to feelings of tightness right through to allergic reactions. Spots are less common and rough flakes often appear on the skin.
Unusual in teens and characterised by naturally matte, smooth and clear skin. You might get a spot every now and then, but that’s absolutely natural when you’re a teenager, as they are caused by hormones.
Pores are small and the skin has a good balance between dry and oily as your sebum production is optimal.
When it comes to teen skin care products, Dr Amy Bibby, hospital Doctor and Head of Operations at Qured advises:
“Quick fixes are hard to find when it comes to dealing with acne prone skin. A common skincare for teenage skin myth is that toothpaste helps to dry up facial spots. However, this could actually have the reverse effect.
Toothpaste contains fluoride and whitening ingredients which can seriously irritate the skin and lead to allergic reactions.
Some well-known advice for teenage acne involves keeping your face and hands clean, avoiding touching your face, drinking lots of water and maintaining a healthy diet.
But if nothing seems to be working then topical treatments are a good next step, you should go to see your GP who can give you advice on what to do, or, provide you with a prescription.
The aim is to kill bacteria on the surface of the skin and reduce the appearance of comedones, also known as whiteheads or blackheads.
Things that produce this type of acne are called ‘comedogenic’.
When looking for teen beauty products, try to find ones that are labelled ‘non-comedogenic’.
An integral part of skin care for teenagers should include washing your makeup off before going to the gym and sweating so that your pores do not block up.”
A good teenage skincare routine needs to be proactive. Try to stop spots before they arrive by:
Blackhead-prone skin will love the Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Booster, especially designed to tackle areas like a problematic T zone.
It’s formulated with powerful Salicylic Acid and is one of the best products for teenage blackheads.
It helps to clear impacted follicles, has niacinamide to reinforce skin’s barrier, and Seaweed- derived Chondrus Crispus Extract to soothe and lock in moisture.
It wipes out breakout-causing bacteria in only 15 minutes, working with the skin’s natural microbiome to balance and help prevent over-drying.
Follow up with their Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask, an especially formulated face wash for teenagers.
It has a unique fizzing technology to target and eliminate stubborn blackheads before they become a breakout.
The product activates upon application to open pores, dissolve and clear any congestion and blackheads, whilst botanicals work to combat dryness.
Sulfur has anti-microbial benefits, Kaolin Clay will absorb excess oil and Apple Fruit Extract helps balance and hydrate so skin is left feeling clean, smooth and refreshed.