As beauty therapists, we often get asked ‘What can I use on my tween or teenager?’ Even children as young as 9 or 10 can begin to experience breakouts. So what do you do for younger skin without causing long term damage, and still end up with good results.
I know, as a parent I don’t want to make the same mistakes I made when I was young.
Acne: These are spots and painful bumps, and can be found on the face, neck, shoulders, and back. These oil-filled bumps have been infected with the bacteria called Propionibacterium that causes pimples. They are often red and inflamed. Some types of acne can also lead to scarring.
Increased oil flow: There is an increase in the amount of sebum produced during puberty due to hormones. The oil tends to also be thicker than normal and can be easily trapped under dead skin cells and clog the pores. This blocked oil can also appear as blackheads. These are created from the oil blocked within the pores turning black upon oxidizing with the sun or air.
Irritation: Young skin can become itchy and easily sensitized by many creams and lotions, and can easily become imbalanced with the use of synthetic ingredients or incorrect product choices.
Ok, I know its hard to get our kids into good regimes, getting them to do simple things like brushing their teeth is enough of a challenge.
Here is a little checklist on some important Dos and Don’ts if they want to keep clear, healthy looking skin.
Squeeze pimples, you’ll spread the infection and breakouts will multiply. This can also lead to scarring.
Use harsh exfoliants. These can irritate the skin and spread any infection from other breakouts, while stimulating the skin to produce more oil.
Use alcohol cleansing wipes. These will strip away all the natural oils, leading to more oil production and greater sensitivity.
Ever use soap. There is no place on the face for suds as they will strip the protective oils and allow bad bacteria to get in, leading to even more breakouts.
Use heavy makeup for coverage. These foundations and concealers will only block the skin’s natural oil flow and can lead to blackheads and pimples. It’s best to focus on achieving beautiful, healthy and balanced skin.
Use skincare with artificial fragrances or colors in them, as they will irritate and sensitize the skin, leading to red and inflamed spots.
Use harsh acne treatments such as benzyl peroxide. While these do kill all the breakout-causing bacteria, they also lead to extreme skin sensitivity and dryness. The full effects of these skin applications won’t be seen for many years.
Apply self tanningproducts or bronzers to the face or areas of concerns as they will block the skin’s pores and lead to breakouts.
Use hairspray near the face, and protect the skin from silicones in hair products and conditioners. These can coat the skin and block oil and trap bacteria.