When you hit adolescence, there is a lot of fun and frolic attached to these formative years of your life. However, it is not short of a roller-coaster ride. On one hand, there is the stress of laying a strong foundation for your career and choosing the right subjects, while on the other, there is newfound freedom, apart from having new friends and new parties to attend. And add to it, the hormones. All this is too much for such a tender age. Amidst all this, it is impossible to go through it without a string of complaints regarding your teenage skin and hair.
According to renowned celebrity dermatologist Dr Jamuna Pai, “Hormonal surges lead to the oil glands going into an overdrive, making the skin oily, creating those large pores, blackheads, and finally the dreaded acne. This makes puberty the most challenging period as far as your skin is concerned.”
In an Instagram video, Dr Pai shares a simple 4-step program to tackle acne and oily skin in teenagers:
It is the most important thing for skincare when it comes to your teenage years. It is the first thing you should do when you wake up in the morning in order to clear the pores or your skin off the oils that have accumulated over the night. “Choose a gel or a foaming cleanser over a soap. Your pores can get clogged due to sweat and dirt even during the day, making cleansing in the evening just as important. Just an exception, your teenage skin is dry instead of oily, use a milky cream-based cleanser,” Dr Pai shares.
The scalp is an extension of your facial skin too, and it requires thorough cleansing. This will not only ensure that your hair is healthy but will also keep your dandruff in control. It is important as dandruff can worsen the acne, even though it is not caused by it, as many people think. Wash your hair 2-3 times a week and with an anti-dandruff shampoo at least once a week.
Also, read: Here’s the only skincare routine that cleared my acne-prone skin!
No one likes walking around with a layer of oil on their skin but there is a solution for it. Follow a simple three-step process to control the amount of oil your teenage skin is pumping out.
* By using a salicylic based cleanser
* By using an oil-free primer, if you wear makeup
* Keep blotting paper handy to absorb the excess oil throughout the day
“You are never too young to wear sunblock. In fact, it is best to start early. So before you leave for your school or college, you can apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher on all the exposed areas,” she add. Keep it in your backpack so that it can be applied whenever needed. You can choose from a wide variety of sunscreens available in the market.
However tempting, irresistible or satisfying it is, do not give in to the urge of being a pimple popper. This will not only scar your face but also spread the infection otherwise. Instead, seek help from a doctor as you might benefit from prescription cleansers or medication rather than using over-the-counter products (OTC).
Keeping your routine simple and following a healthy lifestyle and diet is all that you need to get and maintain a healthy skin. So say goodbye to all the filters and
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