Major hormonal changes that occur during the teenage years are the primary reasons why most teenagers experience an onslaught of acne. In fact, an estimated 85% of people aged 12 to 25 are known to develop acne. If your own teenager is starting to show signs of pimples and acne on her face, here are some ways that you could help her out:
- Tell her to avoid touching her face and to never pop her pimples at all. Teenagers are inclined to be tempted to squeeze out their pimples, thinking it to be a fast solution to their problem. You should let your teen know that pimples actually have a short life – about three days to a week – and that the best she can do is to apply topical medication to it and wait for it to heal. Once they do pop a zit, they would have to face the consequences – a scar that may stay on their face for years. The key here is for your teenager to treat her face as if it were sacred.
- Help your teenager choose a good facial wash. Most teenagers with acne have oily skin, so it’s best that your own teenager use a good facial wash that is specially formulated for her skin type. Some of the most recommended facial wash for oily skin include Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash and Clinique Wash-Away Gel Cleanser. Do tell your teen that she should avoid washing her face more than twice day; too much washing of the face would cause the glands in the face to produce even more oil.
- Buy over-the-counter pimple medication. As mentioned, the best way to deal with pimples is by applying medication on it, in order to speed up its healing. Help your teenager choose medication that has benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.
- Help your teenager choose a good cover-up for her pimples. It is very understandable that your teen be self-conscious about her pimples, especially since she might get teased about them. Help her choose a good non-comedogenic (that is, non-pimple-causing) face powder and concealer. Contrary to popular belief, the best concealer shade should match one’s skin tone exactly, so that it would blend well into the skin and look natural.
- Go with your child to a dermatologist. In case of severe acne, it’s very important that your teenager consult with a skin care expert. The dermatologist would be able to recommend treatment procedures, such as chemical peels or microdermabrasion, that would help reduce the appearance of acne scars. The dermatologist should also recommend the best medication for serious cases of acne that might not be available over-the-counter.
- Help your teen be very conscious about hygiene. One of the major triggers of the development of acne is improper hygiene. Encourage your teen to be very conscious of cleanliness, not just of her face but also of objects that come into contact with her face: her pillows and bed sheets, for example. On this note, she should also be careful about keeping possible acne triggers, such as her hair and her toothpaste, away from her face.
It’s very important that your teen knows there are many easy solutions to keep her acne situation under control. At this time, she needs your total support and encouragement, as acne is a very important issue and a major source of insecurity especially for people her age. Good luck, and hope this helped you out!