Parent of a teen struggling with acne and breakouts?
Then you’re probably aware of how hard it can be to get them to listen to anything you have to say, let alone convincing them why they need a skincare routine. They’re more interested in TikTok and are staying up later than normal especially during the Christmas break.
We have teen boys and over the past few weeks, they wanted to know why “all of a sudden” they’ve got loads more spots. If your teens are suddenly breaking out with more spots, here are some reasons why this could be happening, it definitely is for our boys!
- Overactive hormones and excess sebum being produced
- Snacking on sugary treats and fizzy drinks
- Binge watching Netflix, YouTube and endless scrolling on phones
- Little or no exercise
- Late nights
- No routine
What is the best acne treatment for teens?
It’s really upsetting when you see your children feeling sad and lonely because of their skin and you want to do everything you can to help. With so many products out there it can be a very daunting. who do you trust and how many products should you use.
The good news is you’re not alone and we’re here to help you get your teens confident and feel happy in their skin, it’s what they deserve. Here are our 5 top tips to helping your teenager with Acne.
1. Skincare Routine
Start your teens with a skincare routine as soon as you can. They need to clean their skin and using a cleanser every morning and night will remove dirt, make-up and dead skin cells. Ingredients including Witch Hazel and Yarrow will deep cleanse pores and gently exfoliate the skin naturally. Target acne and spots with a treatment that contains ingredients such as Oregon Grape which contains berberine, scientifically proven to protect against unwanted bacteria and high in antioxidants to protect the skin. Finally moisturise. If you have teenage acne scars, high in Vitamin E, Macadamia and Hazelnut are collagen boosting and will nourish, soften and soothe the skin.
2. Repeat – Consistency is key
To help prevent and reduce teenage acne and acne scars, consistency is key. To see and feel a difference, stick to your skincare routine every morning and night. At Skin:Genius we use ingredients that help prevent and reduce the redness, inflammation, soreness that comes with acne and spots and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth, looking and feeling brighter. Once your skin clears up, don’t resort to old habits or switch back to cheaper or less effective skincare products. Consistency is key to keeping a clear skin.
3. Reduce Stress
Teens have a lot going on and so many things can feel stressful for them. When we’re stressed the stress hormone Cortisol is released into the body it when it comes under pressure or stress.
When your body is continuously under too much pressure or stress (and not just teens!), it’s hard for it to keep levels at a balance. You can produce too much cortisol or not enough, which can then result in different symptoms such as more spots, mood swings, weight gain and tiredness.
Create a calm environment at home and with friends, talk and listen every day. Maybe try an app to help them relax, like Headspace. Look out for any signs they may be anxious, depressed or worried. Reach out to a professional or our FaceUp2It resources page on our website if you’re worried.
4. Get Moving
Exercise helps in so many ways. Circulation is improved as is skin-tone and it will also help to reduce stress and anxiety. Walk with them to catch-up and find out what's on their mind or suggest meeting up with a friend for a walk, join a group or gym or maybe do a class on YouTube – @Joewicks for example.
I know teens love to stay up until the early hours due to FOMO but a good nights sleep will massively help your skin renew and repair itself without interruption. Getting enough ‘beauty sleep’ will also help with a positive mood and a more productive day with study and learning.
Acne is very common in teenagers and younger adults. About 95% of people aged 11 to 30 are affected by acne to some extent. Acne is most common in girls from the ages of 14 to 17, and in boys from the ages of 16 to 19.*
Our Starter Set is a great introduction as a teen skincare routine and our easy to use 3-step routine is perfect for teenage acne - available here.