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Teenagers - Go Natural to Sort Out Your Problem Skin

Sep 8, 2008
It's no secret that teenagers generally suffer from the worst skin complaints. Due to their fluctuating hormones their skin can endure some fairly dramatic changes, acne and oily patches being the most common skin conditions faced by teens. There's a whole skin care market designed specifically for teenagers, and the choice of products and methods can be somewhat daunting! There are certain things which you can keep in mind when choosing products and carrying out your routine...

The most important thing is to use natural and organic skin care products so there is no chance of harsh chemicals irritating skin that is already sensitive. Natural ingredients should not aggravate conditions like acne and eczema.

You should seek out natural skincare products with active, soothing ingredients. Lavender, aloe and chamomile are good for irritated, sensitive skin, and tee tree oil works well as an antiseptic for infected spots.

Entirely astringent products should be avoided. Although the skin appears greasy, depriving it completely of moisturiser can in fact make it worse. Light, non oil-based moisturisers are available. It is best to use skin care specifically designed for teenage skin as normal products generally cater for skin that is more durable and stable (unless they are specialist or pharmaceutical products).

In terms of your daily routine, it is important to stay clean and wash your face regularly as this will rid your skin of the bacteria which can cause infections and worsen acne. However it is also important not to over wash, or scrub the skin too often as this can cause the skin to become irritated or secrete more oil. A foaming cleanser rinsed of with clean water can provide a good level of cleaning whilst remaining delicate on the skin. If your skin is really oily and you find that you are washing it frequently then it can be a good idea to use blotting papers, or even tissues to remove excess oil.

It is important not to bring you skin into contact with bacteria, or even oil which clogs the pores, so keep your fingers away - if you do have to touch your face then make sure you have washed your hands. It is a bad idea to pop spots, as this can cause the infection to spread. There are many natural products which specifically target spots and pimples, you can use these or just dab on a bit of tee tree oil to dry it up!

Always remove make up before you go to bed, the skin needs to breathe for a period and leaving the pores clogged up is a surefire way to get spots. There are natural and organic make ups ranges, and ones specifically designed for sensitive skin, it should only be lightly applicated.

Long or lank hair hanging around the faces can transfer even more oil to the skin and cause breakouts near the hair line, it can even cause acne on the back if it is always loose. Hair should be kept clean and if it is unavoidably oily then it should be tied back.

Obviously not all teens suffer from problem skin and each case will be different, however it's a good idea to have the right skin care to make sure that if problems develop they will be under control, and generally just keep your skin in good condition! Ultimately, using a good quality skin care product with natural, organic ingredients means that you are giving your skin the best treatment possible!
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Hannah Walker is a writer for www.scinboutique.com
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