Acne and other skin related problems are a big deal for teenagers. It is a completely normal part of being a teenager – hormones play havoc with our skin – but when you are already feeling self-conscious and trying to get to grips with all of the other changes that are happening to your body, as well as well as dealing with fluctuating moods, peer pressures, school work, relationships, social media and everything else that a teenager has to cope with these days, it can be enough to tip some over the edge.
The good thing is there is plenty that can be done, if not to completely eliminate it to reduce it so it is bearable and has less of an impact on the way a teenager feels about themself. Here, we look at some of the ways you can talk to your teens about acne and other skin related problems.
Remind them of the importance of sunscreen
We all know the dangers that are associated with sunburn and sun damage to the skin – increased wrinkles and loss of elasticity in the skin as you age, but more importantly, an increased risk of skin cancer. Even the slightest tan indicates some level of sun damage to the skin. Unfortunately, the media has managed to make a suntan look desirable and healthy and fashionable.
Instead of using sunbeds or sitting baking in the sun, encourage your teenager to protect their skin with wide-brimmed hats and sunscreen, and if they do want to sport a suntan, to get a spray tan or fake tan instead.
Encourage them to keep an eye out for skin conditions
While spots and acne are normal and relatively easy to treat, there are some other skin conditions that you may want to keep an eye out for. Talk about the signs of eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. While none of them is particularly harmful, they can be very uncomfortable, so looking out for signs and treating them as soon as possible is important.
Talk about removing make
If your teenager wears makeup, it is essential that they are taking it off on an evening. Sleeping in makeup can cause the skin pores to be blocked, trapping all the makeup, grime and dirt from the day in the skin and not allowing the skin to breathe. This is going to cause and worsen any existing skin problems. Removing makeup at the end of the day with a gentle cleanser and following up with a moisturizer should be part of every teenager’s skincare routine.
Teach them not to touch their face
This one is much easier said than done because most of us as adults touch our faces all the time without thinking, but the reality is that it is the fastest way to transfer bacteria – a major cause of skin issues – to our face. It is even more important given the current coronavirus pandemic happening. If they do need to touch their face, hands should be washed thoroughly beforehand.