Teens and Skin Care: How Puberty Can Affect Your Skin
As if going through puberty wasn’t tough enough already—what, with the emotional rollercoaster we are seemingly stuck on to head-to-toe changes our bodies are forced to endure—so many of us get breakouts and acne thrown into the mix. To find out what can cause acne during puberty—as well as other skin changes you may experience—we turned to board-certified dermatologist and Skincare.com expert, Dr. Dendy Engelman.
“As a result of hormonal changes and fluctuations [during puberty], oil glands in the skin will produce more sebum,” Engelman explains. “[This] can be problematic if one doesn’t embrace a cleansing and/or treatment regimen.” Combine the excess oil that is a result of overactive sebaceous glands with a lack of proper cleansing and you have the perfect canvas for acne to develop. The oil can attach to dead skin cells, which then become trapped or clogged in your pores, and before long, the clog can turn into a full-fledged breakout.
Now, before you panic, having oily skin during puberty may not mean that you will have oily, acne-prone skin for the rest of your life, as your body is going through a lot and unfortunately, your skin gets to take the hit for that. And, if you do end up with oily skin, this is a great time to learn how to take care of the excess oil through cleansing and treatment.
To combat oily skin caused by puberty—and to start what we at Skincare.com believe to be one of the most important habits in life—introduce a daily cleansing and skin care regimen into your everyday routine. Learning the proper way to take care of your skin during puberty can help not only reduce the appearance of oil and help you avoid breakouts, but it helps you to build a skin care foundation that you can rely on throughout the rest of your life.
Want to start a skin care regimen, but don’t know where to start? Let us help you. Below are four simple steps to cleansing oily skin during puberty.
Step 1: Cleanse
Cleansing the skin is always the first step in any skin care routine. You’ll always want to wash away dirt and debris from daily life—not to mention, rinse away some of that excess oil. Look for cleansers made for oily, acne-prone skin like Vichy’s Normaderm Daily Deep Cleansing Gel. This non-comedogenic, oil-free face wash—formulated with the common acne-fighting ingredient, salicylic acid—deeply cleanses your skin and helps it to feel clear all day. Use it twice a day—morning and night—to help keep your oil under control.
Step 2: Moisturize
One of the most important steps in skin care is moisturizing—yes, even if you have oily skin! Stripping your skin of its natural oils—and not restoring its moisture—can cause the skin to over-compensate and produce even more oil in the long run. Look for light, gel moisturizers formulated with hyaluronic acid. We love SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel, which is ideal for acne-prone skin as it hydrates without clogging pores.
Step 3: Spot Treatment
If you end up getting pimples, whatever you do, don’t pop them! Reach for spot treatments that contain acne-fighting ingredients like benzoyl peroxide. Try La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Duo, with micronized benzoyl peroxide and micro-exfoliating LHA, this spot treatment helps with stubborn blackheads and whiteheads.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo, $36.95
Step 4: Face Mask
Here at Skincare.com we love face masks, and learning to incorporate a face mask in your skin care regimen during puberty can not only help you form a good skin care habit, it can also help you reduce the appearance of oily skin and other impurities. We recommend using a mask that has detoxifying properties in it, like Garnier’s Clean+ Pore Purifying 2-in-1 Clay Cleanser/ Mask. This drugstore mask can work as both a face mask and a cleanser and helps to unclog the skin’s surface by removing impurities from clogged pores. Use the mask one to two times a week after you cleanse your skin and before you moisturize.