No matter your age, breakouts can happen and negatively impact self-esteem. Breakouts often hit adolescents the hardest; around 12 years old, hormonal changes will begin to show up as blemishes and irritation on a tween’s face. While some skin types are more prone to breakouts than others, a good skin care routine is essential to combating and preventing breakouts.
Attention to proper skin care should begin well before the first signs of acne appear on your child’s face. However, there is no need for your tween to develop a twenty-step process when a few simple steps are enough. Read on for our take on skin care for your tween!
The Importance of Washing Your Face
You may be wondering, “what does washing my face every day do for my skin?” The answer is - a ton! During the day, your skin becomes covered in bacteria, pollutants, and dead skin. If left unchecked, these substances will clog pores, cause breakouts, and make your skin look and feel dull. For a tween who may already feel self-conscious, the addition of blemishes, acne, or redness will further impact their confidence.
When you’re at the start of figuring out a skin care routine, your first step is to determine what skin type you have. If your skin is on the sensitive side, prone to dryness or irritation, you’ll want to find a face wash and moisturizer combo that helps hydrate your skin. If, on the other hand, you have oily skin, you’ll want to select products that help control your body’s oil production.
The skin care industry continues to expand; with so many options to choose from, finding the correct face cleanser for your skin type can be daunting. Kidskin’s Gentle Skin Cleanser is a perfect option for all skin types - it’s gentle on your face but tough on blemishes, irritation, rosacea, and excess oil.
Clean Off Your Phone
Smartphones are part of most 12-year-olds’ lives. They bring their phones with them on the school bus, into the gym, and worst of all, into the bathroom. Every new location adds more dirt and bacteria to the surface of their phones. Those substances rub off onto your tween’s face when they take a call and onto their hands while they text. The bacteria will make its way into their pores, and the trapped dirt and oil will trigger a breakout.
No Popping Allowed!
Whether you’re dealing with an unexpected breakout or have chronic, painful acne, it can be tempting to pick at or pop your pimples. You may be thinking that this will get rid of them quicker or make them appear less unsightly, but popping a pimple allows bacteria to make its way even deeper into your pores. The area around your pimple will turn red and swollen and potentially leave a scar on your face - a permanent reminder of your long-gone pimple.
So before you pop, remember your skin care routine and stick to it. A daily routine of washing your face, hydrating with a moisturizer, and spot-treating your largest blemishes with salicylic acne serum will not only diminish a current breakout, but it will also prevent future breakouts from messing with your confidence.
If you are a tween just getting into skin care for the first time, we have you covered! Check out Kidskin’s blog for more tips and tricks to get yourself on the path to a bright, blemish-free complexion.