The Ultimate Guide to Skincare for Teens

It’s nearly back-to-school season, and you know what that means…

 

Back to school, back to routines, and back to a lifestyle we’d forgotten about since last June! 

 

As teens head back towards the classroom, a recurring concern is the way their confidence is affected by the appearance of their skin. Adolescence brings a load of hormonal changes that can cause a broad range of skin concerns, including moderate to severe acne. 

 

While extreme cases of recurring acne should be addressed by a medical professional, there are many steps that can be taken at home to improve teenage breakouts. That being said, because navigating a first-ever skincare routine can be tricky––we built the ultimate (easy!) guide to teenage skincare which you can read all about below.

    

STEP 1: CLEANSE

 

The golden rule for cleansers is always simpler is better (at any age!). Pharmaceutical-grade gentle cleansers do what they need to do without stripping the skin of its natural moisture and irritating the skin barrier. Foaming cleansers are great for oily skin types, and those with salicylic acid are great to fend off acne.

  

GRAYDON FACE FOAM - $35 

 

SKINCEUTICALS SOOTHING CLEANSER - $47

 

TREATMENTS

 

Teenage skin needs the same treatments as adult skin, which means antioxidants and high-quality ingredients are key! 

  

  • Vitamin C will fend off pollution and help brighten skin, while also reducing post-acne scars. It also keeps the skin protected against UV light and pollutants. 
  • Retinoids (the derivative of vitamin A) is ultra-effective for teens by unclogging pores, allowing other medicated creams and gels to work better. They can also reduce outbreaks by preventing dead skin cells from clogging pores.
  • Clarifying masks with acne-fighting ingredients, such as salicylic acid, are a great weekly addition for acneic skin types.

 

EMINENCE ORGANICS ACNE CLARIFYING MASQUE - $70

 

GM COLLIN PARIS NORMALIZING DISCOVERY KIT - $49

 

 

HYDRATE

 

When it comes to moisturizing, teens can opt for a lighter lotion instead of a dense cream. Oil-free options will likely be the best bet (regardless of whether skin is dry, oily, or a combination) and should be applied day and night. 

  

GM COLLIN PARIS PURACTIVE+ CREAM - $62 

 

GLO SKIN BEAUTY OIL FREE MOISTURIZER - $108

 

PROTECT

 

A good SPF is non-negotiable at any age! Even teens should apply an SPF of at least 30 every morning for both sun and blue light protection. Their skin will be thanking you later––trust us!

  

COLORESCIENCE SUNFORGETTABLE® PROTECTION FACE SHIELD GLOW SPF 50 - $53

 

ELTAMD UV FACIAL SPF 30 - $58 

 

On that note, wishing you all a happy and healthy back to school season;

 

The BSE Team

 

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