Sunday, November 6, 2011

Skin care for teens

skin care
I've been seeing a lot of teens for their "routine" checkups and skin care is always part of our discussion. If you have teens, you know how self-conscious they can be when it comes to their skin.

Some teenagers are blessed with good skin, and when you ask them what they do to care for their skin, the reply is usually "nothing." That's certainly not the norm.

Adolescence is prime time for acne, and whether breakouts are mild or persistent, good skin care is key for every teen.

All adolescents should wash their faces twice a day. They don't need "fancy" skin potions or lotions, either; the local drugstore has more than enough choices to begin a good cleansing program.

A mild soap-free cleanser may be enough to begin with; something like Purpose, Basis, Aquanil or Neutrogena. If the skin is oily and acne-prone, try a cleanser containing glycolic or salicylic acid - products like Neutrogena Acne wash or Clean and Clear. (Read labels to check the ingredients.) These provide gentle exfoliation of the skin surface. Wash with a soft cloth but don't scrub or buff.

After washing your face in the morning, apply a gentle noncomprehending moisturizer with sunscreen. This will not cause acne, but will prevent the sun damage we all experience every day. I like Oil of Olay complete or Neutrogena, but there are many other products out there.

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