10 Effective Skincare Tips for Teenagers

During adolescence, our skin experiences many changes due to hormonal alterations. In this article, you'll find effective skincare tips for teenagers to keep their skin healthy and radiant.
10 Effective Skincare Tips for Teenagers
Maria del Carmen Hernandez

Reviewed and approved by the dermatologist Maria del Carmen Hernandez.

Last update: 02 August, 2022

Adolescence is a period in which people experience many hormonal changes and adopt certain habits. These hormonal alterations cause external manifestations that we should take into account. That’s why we’ll give you some skincare tips for teenagers.

As mentioned before, many of these changes occur in the skin. Some of the manifestations may be pimples or even pustules caused by acne. Next, you’ll find useful skincare tips.

Skincare tips for teenagers

1. Moisturize your skin regularly

Moisturizing your skin is very important for everybody, not just teenagers. And, you should do it regularly.

10 Effective Skincare Tips for Teenagers

To keep your skin barrier healthy, you should use creams with vitamin A, allantoin and vitamin E.

2. Avoid touching your skin lesions during adolescence

Due to the appearance of pimples or acne during adolescence, we tend to touch, pop or scratch our skin lesions. You shouldn’t do this, because you may cause a superinfection or a bigger lesion that will remain in your skin as a hyperpigmented macule.

3. Use proper skincare products

During adolescence, you shouldn’t use skincare products that contain oils among their components. Besides, the label should say that they’re noncomedogenic.

In addition, you should choose your makeup depending on your skin type. Otherwise, you may end up with acne, irritation or even dermatitis.

4. Build a healthy skincare routine

A skincare routine aims to beautify your skin, keep it healthy and prevent it from premature aging. To do this, you just have to follow these 3 easy steps:

  • Cleansing.
  • Moisturizing.
  • Protection.

Cleansing is one of the most important steps, because it removes all dead skin cells that form during the night. In fact, you should do it before going to bed, in order to eliminate smog or makeup residues generated during the day.

5. Visit a specialist to control moles and marks

People don’t usually visit the dermatologist to control marks and moles on their skin. However, tumor-like lesions are often caused by short periods of sun exposure during adolescence, which lead to blisters or erythema.

6. Apply sunscreen

This is the most important tip we can give you. You should apply sunscreen every day, no matter what the weather’s like.

Doctors recommend sunscreens with an SPF of 50 or above. Besides, they should protect against UVA and UVB rays. You should apply them in the morning, before you start your day. And, you should continue applying it every 2 hours.

7. Exfoliate

There are different methods to exfoliate your skin. They could be physical (diamond-tip microdermabrasion), chemical (alpha hydroxy acid or beta hydroxy acid), or with creams.

During this period of life, the skin has already been exposed to harmful external agents, so exfoliating it once a month could be a good idea.

10 Skincare Tips for Teenagers

8. Avoid homemade treatments during adolescence

Nowadays, homemade face masks are quite common. People make them using ingredients from their kitchens, like avocados, coconut oil, eggs or honey. These types of face masks aren’t recommended, because they may have side effects on the skin or worsen preexistent problems.

9. Moisturize your lips

When it comes to skincare, lips are usually left aside. And, during adolescence, especially in the case of women, teenagers start using lipsticks that make their lips dry.

This is why there are lip balms to moisturize your lips. They usually contain shea butter, hyaluronic acid and cocoa butter.

10. Avoid certain hair removal methods

During this period, hair starts growing in different parts of the body. This is why teenagers begin to use different hair removal methods.

You should avoid depilatory wax and creams because, after some time, they leave hyperpigmented lesions in the areas where the hair was removed.

Furthermore, these products may cause irritations and burns. On the other hand, laser and intense pulsed light hair removal are safe and effective techniques.

Skincare tips for teenagers

In conclusion, it’s very important to follow a skincare routine that adapts to your own skin. Cleansing, moisturizing and protection are fundamental steps in every skincare routine.

What’s more, you should visit the dermatologist at least once a year to control skin sun marks, nevus and lesions.

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.