It’s never too early to develop healthy skincare habits. Once your child hits puberty, changes in skin become apparent. Typically, puberty occurs from 12-20 years old though it can occur as early as 9 and continue well into the 20s. With it, hormonal changes and fluctuations can impact your child’s skin from head to toe, causing oily skin, an occasional spot, painful breakouts and sometimes full-blown acne. Not only can these skin changes be frustrating, but they also can impact your child’s self-esteem.
Now is the time for teens to begin a healthy skincare routine. Parents may need to lead by example, helping teens to develop important habits. Here are 9 tips to help teens improve their skin’s health.
1. Wash face and body dailyLearning to cleanse skin properly during adolescence is very important and sets the foundation for your child’s skincare routine for the rest of his or her life. To combat oil, excess dirt, debris and bacteria, washing your face twice per day will help to keep skin healthy.
Cleansing skin at night is the most important time after daily exposure to environmental factors, dirt and germs. Oil and sweat build up after workouts and competitive sports. And for girls, makeup will clog pores so it should be removed every night. Sweat and dirt can clog skin on your body as well. Body breakouts and acne can pop up on your teen’s neck, shoulders, chest, upper arms, back, legs and sometimes on their bottoms (though not acne, it is often caused by bacteria, yeast or fungus resulting in inflammation of hair follicles).
At a bare minimum, encourage your teen to cleanse each evening properly. Without proper cleansing, overactive oil glands, dead skin cells and bacteria will clog pores and cause breakouts.

2. Moisturize your skinEven if your teen has oil skin, it is important to apply moisture to skin daily after cleansing. We live in a dry, arid climate and it’s vital to restore the moisture to skin after washing both the face and body. When we skip moisturizing, skin may react by producing more oil.
3. Exfoliate skinSkin cells build up, clogging pores and causing breakouts. Try gentle scrubs and masks to combat oil, dirt and debris in skin. A great exfoliating tool is the Clarisonic Skin Care Brush, which cleans pores by removing dirt, debris and dead skin cells.
4. Wear SunscreenAlthough your Colorado teen probably knows about proper sun protection, it is important to remind and reinforce the importance of sunscreen. Skin cancer is on the rise. Studies suggest that children are exposed to 50% or more of UV-related sun damage by the time they are 18, causing moles, wrinkles, discoloration, and skin cancers.
Tell your kids, rain or shine, to wear sunscreen to prevent early signs of aging and damage every day. For low-maintenance efforts, find a daily moisturizer with SPF. But remember that sunscreen needs to be reapplied frequently (every 2-3 hours), especially if your child is outside so bring sunscreen to school to reapply during the day.
5. Don’t pop pimplesWhile it is tempting, tell your teen to leave blemishes alone. Do not pick or squeeze blemishes as it can cause infections from bacteria on hands. Popping zits can lead to scarring too. Instead use a spot treatment with benzoyl peroxide to combat occasional blackhead and whitehead pimples. Benzoyl peroxide kills bacteria that causes acne and remove excess oil and dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, which clogs pores.

6. Stay hydratedIt’s important to drink plenty of water, especially in our dry climate. Water helps to hydrate skin from within while flushing out toxins that cause skin problems.
7. Eat wellAs the saying goes, you are what you eat. A once-in-while treat is alright for your skin, but eating too much fast food, junk food and candy can wreak havoc on teenager’s skin. Our bodies react to these foods with a spike in insulin in the blood, which may aggravate break outs or acne. Natural rather than processed sugars do not have the same impact so encourage teens to eat healthy fruits and veggies daily. Watch out for the sugar-laden drinks as well like sodas.
8. Get enough sleepDid you know that teens need more sleep than pre-teens? Sleep is crucial for your body to function properly and teens need a lot of sleep because they are growing. Teens may notice that break outs happen during or after stressful events. Stress causes an inflammatory response in our bodies, which can lead to blemishes and break outs. Also, the adrenal gland responds to stress by releasing more of the male hormone (androgens/testosterone), which may trigger the oil glands to make more oil.
With proper rest, our bodies respond better to stress so encourage your teen to get enough rest.
9. Find A DermatologistIn the end, it’s important to get ahead of skin problems. Finding a pediatric dermatologist who is trained in teenager’s skin problems will help to combat and alleviate break outs, acne and other skin conditions that kid’s face.
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