Let’s face it - teen skin can be tricky. We know teenagers are especially prone to acne -- typically due to hormonal changes caused by puberty. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 85 percent of teenagers will have some degree of acne in a given year. In order to help get your teen’s complexion and breakouts under control, a few simple lifestyle and diet changes, combined with the right skincare products and services should do the trick.
- Eliminate Oily Surfaces
Bacteria and oil are bad news for your teen’s acne-prone skin and, unfortunately, it’s hiding in places you would least expect. You know that device glued to your teen’s hand? Smartphones are covered in bacteria that can’t been seen with the human eye. Every time your teen holds a phone up to their face to make a call, their skin is not only in direct contact with the bacteria, but it also starts to perspire and even trap oil in the pores. Worst yet, the pressure of the phone on your skin creates blemishes. An easy way to eliminate this is to opt for headphones when making calls and to frequently sanitize the screen.
Likewise, their pillowcases could also be harboring oil and bacteria. Make sure they’re washing their face before bed each night. In addition, change their pillowcases every two to three days and avoid washing them with fabric softener.
- Diet Choices
You are what you eat, so if possible, limit their intake of inflammation causing simple carbohydrates found in sweets and soft drinks. Inflammation leads to a breakdown in collagen and elastin, the fibers that give skin its elasticity and strength. Ultimately, this results in sagging skin, breakouts and a washed out appearance. Pack their lunch with foods that contain zinc to help reduce inflammation and bacteria production. This includes cashews, avocados, blackberries and raspberries. Fresh fruit is always a satisfying and healthy sweet treat, but if they have a sweet tooth, dark chocolate also contains zinc and has antioxidants that help fight sun damage.
- Skincare Regimen
While sneaking healthful fruits and veggies in their meals as much as possible is important, it’s not always enough to prevent breakouts. This is where a solid skincare routine comes into play. Start with a cleanser designed for their skin type and be sure they use it twice daily: once in the morning and at night. A great cleanser for acne-prone skin is Obagi CLENZIderm M.D. Daily Care Foaming Cleanser, which contains 2 percent salicylic acid to gently wash away dead skin cells and reveal healthier skin.
For teens with extra rebellious acne, Retin-A may be their saving grace. Retin-A contains the powerful ingredient Tretinoin which is derived from vitamin A. Tretinoin causes skin cells to turn over more quickly than normal, thus preventing blackheads and whiteheads from forming in the first place.
- Teen Facial
Lastly, a refreshing Monarch Teen Facial, similar to a medical facial, may do the trick. The teen facial begins with microdermabrasion to remove dead skin cells and includes a face mask custom-tailored to your teen’s skin type, whether it be dry, oily, acne-prone or combination. The final step is an acne LED light treatment to target any unsightly blemishes.
Feel free to schedule a consultation with one of our aestheticians if you have any questions regarding treatments or a skincare regimen by calling 913-317-9386 or clicking here: http://bit.ly/2tZhYGX