Teenage Acne? Advice for your Daughters & Sons

It’s September, and you’re back at school or college after a summer spent having a great time. All that chilling and relaxing has paid off where your skin’s concerned. You’re looking fresh faced and sun kissed – not a spot in sight. You can keep it that way!

It’s no coincidence that having a break over the summer means fewer skin breakouts. While the most common cause of acne in teenagers is hormone related, stress levels and lifestyle choices can play their part.

Firstly, at the sight of spots, try not to panic – this stress could make the problem worse. Although they always seem to crop up at the worst time (like just before a party) remember you’re not alone. According to the NHS, about 80 per cent of people have acne in their teens or 20s. The website http://www.childrenfirst.nhs.uk/teens/health/conditions/a/acne.html

is a great source of information that’ll help to put your mind at rest.

According to health experts, additional hormonal changes, like periods, can also interfere. Add to this the stress of essays and exams or rows with mates, and it’s easy to see how various situations can have a bad influence on your skin. So, how do you control it?

Hormones coursing through the body cause oil glands in our faces to produce excess oil. This in turn starts to block the pores as it builds up, resulting in blackheads or whiteheads, and also the red or yellow pimples which can become sore. If you’re tempted to touch, pick and squeeze – stop! They’ll look far worse afterwards, and will actually take longer to go away.

Start with an overhaul of your skin care products. If you don’t cleanse, tone and moisturise, it’s about time you started! Get an older sister, friend, cousin – anyone! – to help you find the right products for your skin type, and even get a teen facial as a treat. Many teenagers end up overusing strong antibacterial cleansers and washes that are far too harsh for their young skin, and which cause an even more oily complexion. A professional can recommend something gentler, and give you tips on how to exfoliate without overdoing it. “Dermalogica has a great selection of products designed especially for teens…etc”

Although we’ve already said hormones are the primary cause of teen spots, your lifestyle will play a part. Getting outdoors for a walk or harder exercise will get the blood pumping and help the skin to rejuvenate. Fatty and sugary foods are also not ideal if you want a good, clear complexion – start by ditching every other can of fizz for a glass of water if you can’t face going the whole hog, as it’ll still make a difference. And try to get a good night’s sleep too. According to scientists, Junk Sleep – when you go to bed listening to music or with the TV on – doesn’t count! http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/6962085.stm

Finally, don’t be fooled into thinking that flawless-looking women like Vanessa Hudgens or Miley Cyrus are the norm. Most famous people wear the best make up and are lit cleverly to make it look like they have amazing skin. Think about it, have you really been close enough to a celeb to see if they’ve got spots or not?!

For more skin care advice, products for less and free Dermalogica samples with every order, pay a visit to www.time-of-life.co.uk

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