Despite the old school belief that acne is a teenage problem to be outgrown, acne is actually a disease of the skin that must be addressed immediately and seriously to prevent scarring and negative psychological effects. While there is no acne cure, breakouts can be controlled and once remedied, they need to be regularly treated to prevent reoccurrence.
The Best Ingredients and Products for Teen Acne
Choosing and consistently using the right skincare products for teen acne is a must to prevent future breakouts and heal existing lesions. Acne products should remove excess oil, exfoliate dead skin, fight bacteria, reduce inflammation, heal, calm, hydrate, reduce redness and prevent scarring. The best ingredients to do this include naturally sourced benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, lactic acid and sulfur. Arnica; burdock root; chamomile; citrus oils; horse chestnut; micronized walnut shell powder; panthenol; retinyl palmitate and witch hazel bark are also beneficial for treating teen acne.
Despite the desire to banish pimples yesterday, applying more products from different lines can expose the skin to too much of a single ingredient. Using a simple regimen of products designed to work together, plus patience, time and a hands-off policy are essential for controlling acne. Cleansing with an exfoliating cleanser like the SpaTeen® Blemished Skin Cleanser followed by the SpaTeen® Blemished Skin Toner are the essential first steps towards eliminating pore-clogging dead skin and oil. Next, Pevonia® combines benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid in a micro-matrix delivery system in the SpaTeen® Blemish-B-Gone spot treatment and SpaTeen® Blemished Skin Moisturizer for even dosing of ingredients for quick, well-tolerated treatment and moisturizing. Seeing an esthetician is a great way to thoroughly unclog pores, kill bacteria and soothe inflammation. If the skin doesn’t start to clear up after four to six weeks, visit a dermatologist.
Acne Triggers for Teens To Avoid
Lastly, avoid acne triggers like stress; poor diet; pore clogging beauty products (makeup and hair products); certain sunscreens; lack of regular skincare routine; wearing hair long, combined with infrequent washing; touching or picking blemishes; waxing; wearing tight clothing; as well as helmets or shoulder pads for sports.
Simple Habits for Teen Acne
We recommend cleaning makeup brushes, phones or pillowcases on a daily basis. Tip: If you wear mineral makeup do not skip cleansing. Even mineral makeup can mix with oils in the skin to cause breakouts.