Posted on October 30 2017
Teenage Years... Two words enough to make any unsuspecting, inexperienced parent shudder! These are crucial years in which your child, sorry young adult(!), will go through many changes-physically and emotionally and you will simply (in the best case scenario) be given front row tickets to watch the drama as it unfolds in front of your very eyes!
While this time presents itself with many challenges that may be outside your control, one challenge, unruly teenage skin, may be something that you could definitely prevent. We thought we would write a blog about acne and how to prevent unruly teenage skin going from bad to worse! Part 1 (of 2), discusses the science-the how's, why's & what to do's.
Oily blemish prone skin is a nightmare for most teenagers between the ages of twelve/thirteen through to their early twenties. The main culprits with acne are sebum, dead skin cells and the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes.
Sebum is a natural moisturiser produced by the skin to lubricate and keep skin form drying out. During teen years, due to many factors including hormones and poor diet, sebum production can go into overdrive. An increase in oil leads to a greasy layer on the surface of the skin, the result of which is very often blocked pores. Blocked pores are bad news in most cases and will lead to spots and blackheads.
At the same time, the skin is constantly shedding its top layer of skin to allow for renewal. At a younger age, this happens much more rapidly and can cause the already greasy pores to become clogged up even more.
The final cherry on the cake is the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes). This lives on our skin in abundance. In most cases it is kept under control with normal skins, however, during an acne outbreak, these bacteria thrive and contributes to an increase in acne. They feed off the sebum that is produced in excess during an acne outbreak.
Teenage skin quite clearly has a lot going on. The three main elements that contribute toward acne, however, are also vital to healthy skin. The key is in balance. Ensuring that your teenager has a good skincare routine from an early age is not a bad thing. Using natural, sulphate, paraben and chemical free products coupled with non-comedogenic moisturisers are all vital in ensuring the skin retains health and balance.
Tune in next week when we will be giving you our top picks of teenage skincare products to help with introducing a good skincare routine for your teenager.