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Nurturing Teenage Skin: A Guide to Healthy and Radiant Complexions

Updated: Oct 7, 2023

As a doctor, I have had the privilege of treating many teenagers struggling with various skin issues. I'm passionate about helping young people find their skin confidence, as I too struggled with severe acne and know how this can impact confidence and self esteem! The adolescent years can be challenging, not only because of the physical and emotional changes that occur, but also because of the impact these changes can have on the skin. From acne breakouts to hormonal imbalances, teenage skin requires special attention and care. In this blog post, we will explore the common skin concerns faced by teenagers and discuss practical tips for achieving and maintaining healthy, glowing skin.

Understanding Teenage Skin:

Teenage skin is unique and undergoes numerous transformations during this critical phase of development. Hormonal changes, such as an increase in androgen levels, can lead to the overproduction of sebum, which clogs pores and contributes to the formation of acne. Additionally, teenage skin tends to be more sensitive, making it susceptible to irritation and inflammation. Understanding these factors is essential in implementing effective skincare practices.

1. Cleansing:

A gentle yet thorough cleansing routine is the foundation of good skincare. Use a cleanser tailored to your specific skincare needs twice daily to remove dirt, excess oil, and impurities from the skin's surface. Avoid harsh soaps or aggressive scrubbing, as they can strip the skin of its natural oils and disrupt the moisture balance.

2. Hydration:

Contrary to popular belief, moisturising is crucial, even for oily or acne-prone skin. Look for oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturisers that provide hydration without clogging pores. Hydrated skin helps maintain its barrier function, reducing the risk of dryness, irritation, and breakouts.

3. Sun Protection:

Protecting teenage skin from harmful UV rays is vital for maintaining its health and preventing long-term damage. Encourage the use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, even on cloudy days, to prevent post inflammatory pigmentation (the red marks left on the skin following acne). Additionally, wearing protective clothing and seeking shade during peak sun hours will further shield the skin. We now know that sun exposure and skin damage in our teenage years dramatically increases our risk of skin cancer in later life!

4. Acne Management:

Acne is a common skin concern among teenagers, but it doesn't have to dictate their self-esteem. Medical grade acne treatments containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can help control mild breakouts.

5. Healthy Lifestyle Habits:

Healthy skin reflects a healthy lifestyle. Encourage teenagers to adopt habits that promote overall well-being, such as drinking an adequate amount of water, eating a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and getting regular exercise. These habits contribute to the skin's vitality and radiance.

6. Stress Management:

Teenagers often face significant stress, whether it's related to academics, social pressures, or personal challenges. Chronic stress can exacerbate skin issues and lead to flare-ups. Encourage stress management techniques such as exercise, meditation, and engaging in hobbies to help maintain a balanced mind and body.

7. Avoiding Skin Irritants:

Teenagers should be mindful of potential irritants that can worsen their skin condition. These may include harsh cosmetics, fragranced products, and touching or picking at the skin.

Teenage skin requires patience, understanding, and a comprehensive approach to care. By adopting a consistent skincare routine, practising sun protection, managing stress, and making healthy lifestyle choices, teenagers can achieve and maintain clear, glowing skin.

When you book an Initial Consultation and Skin Analysis with me (Dr Gemma), your teen will receive lots of education to empower them to care for their skin! They'll receive a detailed report including images from the skin analysis machine, and recommended skincare products. We schedule regular follow up appointments, which are free of charge!

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Your journey to radiant skin starts now!

Dr Gemma x

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