Skin Care Tips for Teens

If you are suffering from acne, you are not alone. Acne is the most common (and almost universal) skin problem among teens, yet it is very treatable. Here are some tips to help you achieve a clear complexion.

  • Wear sunscreen all year round and avoid tanning beds to protect yourself from premature aging and wrinkles later on in life.
  • Wash your face daily with a cleanser – once in the morning and once at night, and wash your skin as soon as possible after sweating. Use a gentle cleanser that doesn’t contain alcohol. Wet your face with lukewarm water and apply cleanser with your fingertips. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft towel.
  • Keep your face feeling hydrated by applying moisturizer right after you wash your face. Be sure to apply moisturizer to your neck, too.
  • Always take off makeup before bed. Makeup removal wipes are quick and easy to use.
  • Buy makeup that has “noncomedogenic” or “nonacnegenic” on the label. Don’t share your makeup, and be sure to throw away makeup that is old.
    • Makeup sponges should be thrown away after each use. If you clean it every day, it can last up to a month.
    • Mascara should be thrown away every three months.
    • Eyeliner should be thrown away every three to six months.
    • Powder eyeshadow should be thrown away every two years, and cream eyeshadow should be thrown away once a year.
    • Foundation, concealer and lipstick should be thrown away once a year.
    • Blush and bronzer should be thrown away every two years.
  • Don’t pop pimples. Popping pimples leads to additional swelling and redness, and even scarring.
  • Wash your hands before touching your face and avoid leaning your face on objects.

If you’re following these tips and your acne isn’t going away, Children’s Dermatology Services and Acne Treatment Center is here for you. Visit our Dermatology Services page for more information and to schedule your appointment at one of our three locations throughout Pittsburgh.