Skincare for the Ages: A Guide to Teenage Skin

Skincare is eternal, but the ingredients you use in your routine should change with time.

To cut the confusion, COSMEDIX decided to put together a little guide to help get you through your skincare routine at every age—starting with the teens.

What Should Teen Skincare Focus On?

Gentle Products: When it feels like a new blemish pops up daily, it can be tempting to run to your skincare collection and scrub away. But for the sake of your skin (and your hands), please don’t. Harsh ingredients and scrubs might make you feel “accomplished”, but in the long run, it can strip the skin of natural oils causing more confusion than clarity.

Refining Ingredients: If large pores and oil is your biggest skin blunder, then refining ingredients should be your new go-to. Potent ingredients are best used in the form of a toner, serum or treatment to help target skincare concerns that may lead to acne.

Consistency: A cliché as old as time, but true none the less. Patience and consistency is the secret sauce to any skincare routine—especially teens. With hormones and stress soaring, achieving a clearer complexion will definitely take time, so stick with it!

A Skincare Routine for Teens

Cleanser: Exfoliating Cleanser

Use a gentle daily cleanser with a chemical exfoliant to help wash away dirt, oil and pore-clogging impurities. Purity Clean is formulated with L-Lactic Acid, Tea Tree and Peppermint Oil to instantly refresh the look of skin while exfoliating for a more even tone and texture.

Toner: BHA Essence or Toner

Salicylic Acid is the most popular type of BHA for acne-prone skin. The ingredient helps dive deep into the pore to help clean out dead skin or oil that might cause congestion. Applying an essence or toner (we love Purity Balance) after you cleanse the skin is an excellent way restore balance and help refine the look of pores.

Serum: Clarifying Serum

Serums come in all shapes and sizes, but a serum with clarifying ingredients is ideal for blemishes. Keep and eye out for ingredients like Salicylic Acid, Retinol, Tea Tree Oil and Willowherb to help clarify clogged pores while soothing the look redness.

Treatments: Clay Mask and Spot Treatment

Applying a clay mask 1-2x a week is the perfect pick-me-up for skin with blemishes. Clay is known for its exfoliating properties that help trap excess oil, especially when combined with chemical exfoliants. COSMEDIX Clear Deep Cleansing Mask is formulated with these very ingredients, plus Niacinamide to help improve the look of texture and hydrate the skin. And if you are experiencing stubborn spots, apply a Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment to help target pesky pimples with Aloe Vera and Salicylic Acid.

Moisturizer: Oil-Free Moisturizer

Using a lightweight moisturizer that is formulated free of oil is your best beat when it comes to hydrating acne-prone skin. Because sebum production is a big player when it comes to teenage blemishes, applying a moisturizer that helps balance the complexion—instead of oil it up—is key. COSMEDIX uses Lilac Stem Cells in our popular Shineless Oil-Free Moisturizer to help cut shine and reduce the look of redness for healthier, clearer-looking skin.

Got Breakouts? Face Mapping is About to Become Your New BFF

Ever wonder why your breakouts seem to pop up in the same place over and over again? If only you had a road map that would give you the backroads to a clearer, healthier-looking complexion.

Well, we have news for you. There is! Rooted in ancient Chinese medicine, face mapping is a popular skin care practice as old as time. In its true form, this art links different areas of the face to certain organs in the body, but the modern version of the acne face map takes a more general approach.

Blemishes that tend to appear in the same area of the face are believed to be the result of lifestyle habits. So, if you find yourself struggling with stubborn spots that you just can’t kick, then face mapping might just be the thing for you.

Want to know more? Then take a seat, look yourself in the mirror and use our handy COSMEDIX face map guide to discover what your blemishes have to say about you—and how you can fix it:

Hairline 


What to Do: Check Your Products

If bumps on the hairline is your signature skincare woe, then you probably need to double check your hair products. Most conditioners feature rich ingredients that are designed to love on your strands… but not so much on your skin. In fact, the thicker pomades used to lock moisture into your mane can often lead to clogged pores. But don’t freight because there is an easy fix. Help improve the look of these blemishes by using your cleanser AFTER rinsing out your conditioner. Simply create a rich lather and work it into the hairline before applying a skin-clarifying serum to help reduce the look of redness.

Forehead


What to Do: Check Your Oil Control + Stress + Sleep

Reducing stress and balancing a sleep schedule might not be our area of expertise, but we do know a thing (or twenty) about balancing your complexion. If you experience breakouts across the forehead, near the brows and/or down the nose, the acne face map says oil might be to blame. Blemishes in these areas are common among a combination and oily skin type, as sebum (oil) can go a little overboard in these parts of the face. Incorporating an exfoliating cleanser or refinishing treatment that helps restore balance and moisture to the complexion is an ideal way to help reduce these types of blemishes.

Cheeks


What to Do: Check Your Phone and Pillowcases

Think of everything your phone touches. Tables, car seats, back pockets… toilets. And what do all these places have in common? Germs. You might not think about it when putting your phone to your ear, but your cell phone holds a lot of bacteria. Same with your pillowcase. So, if you find yourself repeatedly suffering from spots on your cheeks, the first step would be to wipe down your phone and clean your sheets. The second would be to apply a rapid relief acne spot treatment to problem areas when needed. We recommend prioritizing a clean formula that uses Salicylic Acid and Aloe Vera to refine pores while soothing the skin.

Jawline


What to Do: Check Your Hormones

Yes, hormonal acne is usually synonymous with adolescence, but many people are still surprised when it shows up in adulthood. If you are experiencing breakouts around the chin and jawline, then it is best to visit a skin care professional. Lucky for you, COSMEDIX partners with some of the world’s best dermatologists and spas, which you can find here. In the meantime, make sure that you are washing your face with a Salicylic Acid foaming cleanser to help cleanse away