Adolescence or teenage is not an easy phase of life as one has to deal with so many new changes in life such as peer pressure, and academics, surging hormones, and so on!
As the age count increases and one enters into the adolescent phase of their lives, they face several changes in the body, voice, emotions, thinking, and development of hair growth in the secondary areas. When one enters into teenage years, he/she also observe many changes in the skin and this mostly occurs due to changes in the body's hormonal levels.
This can become a matter of concern and worry for many teenagers, especially in today’s era where most social media determines beauty standards. Exposure to the world is good but especially for teenagers, it can be overwhelming or daunting if the right guidance is not provided to these kids.
Dr. Keerthana Kalva, the best dermatologist in Hyderabad, can help one prevent and treat skin concerns, as well as guide the teenagers about what beauty standards they should actually look up to.
Indulging in proper skin care can be the first step in the journey of teenagers towards flawless, ever-glowing, and healthy skin.
Here in this article, Dr. Keerthana Kalva (an expert skin specialist in Hyderabad practicing at Inform Clinics) shares the top 10 skin care tips to maintain the flawlessness and glow of sensitive teenage skin.
It is almost impossible for teenagers to get through this stage of life without a myriad of stressful skin complaints. But, one should know that these skin problems can be easily handled with timely medical treatment. The skin concerns that most teenagers experience include acne or pimples, oily skin, blackheads & whiteheads, sun damage, cold sores, eczema, warts, excessive sweating, and unwanted body & facial hair.
1. Choose the skincare products carefully
The skin care products recommended for all teenagers are gentle cleansers, moisturizers, and a good broad-spectrum sunscreen. When choosing the right product keep in mind
- Skin type
For oily skin look for salicylic acid; for dry skin select a non-soapy formula. Choose a gel-based or oil-in-water-based moisturizer which is non-greasy and opt for broad-spectrum sunscreens preferably gel-based or aqua ones.
Before purchasing the product check for the ingredients on its label for which you are allergic or in case you don’t know, do a small patch test on the skin and lips. If all seems good, it is safe to use.
2. Moisturize your skin from head to toe
Apply a non-greasy, gel-based, or serum-based moisturizer to the entire face and body to keep the skin well-hydrated, prevent acne breakouts, and ensure healthier naturally-glowing skin.
3. Exfoliate the skin
At least once a week, exfoliate the skin without scrubbing using a relatively gentle product. Seek a doctor’s guidance about which exfoliators will work best for you.
4. Opt for healthier lifestyle choices
- Water therapy
Have plenty of water as it detoxifies the body, which reflects on your skin. Drinking water is the simplest way to keep your system healthy including the skin.
- Eat a balanced diet
Excluding foods with added sugar or preservatives and trans fats.
Indulge in daily physical activities and exercise at least thrice a week to keep the body and skin hydrated. It doesn't necessarily have to be heavy gym exercises, move more, walk more, and keep stretching your body throughout the day.;
- Get enough sleep
This calms the body and skin rejuvenation takes place more during sleep.
- Avoid unnecessary stress
Manage stress by time management, not taking multiple tasks, and organizing work.
5. Protect your skin from the sun
Sunscreens are a crucial skincare product that must always be kept handy when stepping out on a sunny day. These should have at least SPF 30 or above and 7% zinc oxide. Wearing sunscreens daily can help prevent sun damage/tanning/sunburns, excessive skin dehydration, and premature skin aging.
6. Always wipe out your makeup before going to bed
Nowadays, many teenagers are using makeup to enhance their looks. It is good to be aware and do what makes you feel happy but, at the end of the day, the make-up must all be wiped off with a gentle cleanser. Otherwise, the leftover product can result in bacteria build-up, clogged pores, acne breakouts, and infection.
7. Avoid frequent touching of the face
Your hands may be dirty, greasy, or have germs that can spread over the face as you touch them and turn into acne breakout. Also, picking pimples can lead to permanent scarring.
8. Take care of your lips
Apply lip balm or petroleum jelly on the lips regularly to keep them soft and supple. Every once in a while scrub the lips too.
9. Build your skincare routine
Set a skincare routine for the start and end of the day. Remember to use room temperature water for your face wash. It’s important to have a night skincare regimen as the skin regeneration rates are higher when a person falls asleep. The skin must be kept free of excess dirt, surface-level pollution, and grime so that it's more susceptible to skincare products.
10. Treat acne
As teens are more prone to acne-flare ups, use sulfur cleansers and masks to make the skin dry. Look for benzoyl peroxide (an anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory ingredient) in the products to be used on the face as it can help treat acne. Also, look for labels like ‘non-comedogenic’ for acne-prone skin. Do not hesitate from visiting a dermatologist. Mostly, teenagers may not need any procedures as topical creams are often good enough to resolve their acne issues. Even if a procedure is needed, I make sure it is gentle on your skin.
Other than acne, if you are suffering from skin diseases like eczema, hives, and allergies, you must immediately meet a dermatologist to avoid worsening the condition.
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