If your teenager has a smooth and trouble-free complexion, you're one lucky mom. Why is that? It's because you won't experience being pestered by grumblings and unreasonable demands to have good skin.
According to research, eight out of ten teens in America have blemishes. Teenagers are very much concerned about this; so they become eager to try anything and everything promises a clear skin.
Personalizing your skin care program
As a parent, the best thing you can do for your teenager is to help her research about a personalized skin care program. It's because there's no definite formula that will work for all skin types.
Keeping skin clean is key to keeping it healthy. Washing it in the morning and at night may not be enough especially when your teenager is busy with lots of outdoor activities. She might need to wash her face while at school or as soon as she comes home from school. Moreover, your teenager will need plenty of fresh air, exercise and sleep. Eating of proper food in the right amount is important too.
Care for oily skin
Most teenagers have oily type of skin. Flakiness around the nose area is sign of oily skin. This is really excess oil that has dried from exposure to air. Here's one characteristic of oily skin: the nose, forehead and chin areas have oily shine within an hour of washing. Also, black heads and white heads appear on the nose and the chin.
Teenagers with oily skin must wash their faces several times daily using soap or facial wash that match their skin type. When washing your face, scrub the lather briskly with a circular motion. Rinse with warm water and then rinse with cold water to close the pores. Use a mild astringent to tighten the pores.
Care for dry skin
Teenagers with dry type of skin experience flakiness all over their faces. Their main problem is to restore moisture to their tight drawn skin. Unlike teenagers with oily skin, teenagers with dry skin can limit washing their faces to twice daily. Apart from using soap or facial wash medicated for dry skin, a freshner is recommended for keeping the skin moisturized. Then, a moisturizing cream or lotion must be applied in the morning and at night time.