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Skin Types 101

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Skin Types 101

Teenagers have a lot on their plates. Between school, sports, extracurricular activities, and obligations with family and friends, they may not have much time to consider what type of skin they have and how best to care for it. That’s where we come in! At Kidskin, we know how overwhelming it can be to figure out a skin care routine that is easy, safe, and appropriate for your teen’s skin type. We keep the importance of skin care for teens in mind when creating our products and are here to take the mystery out of proper skin care.


Different Skin Types Require Different Care

Not all skin care products are created equal. Depending upon your teenager’s skin type, they will need to choose products that will safely and effectively clear and hydrate their skin.  Appropriate skin care for teens will help keep their skin hydrated and blemish-free, as well as minimize the appearance of age spots and wrinkles as they get older.

To further complicate things - your skin type can change over time, naturally becoming dryer and more difficult to hydrate. Changing skin type means your teenager will need to change the products they use on their skin as they enter adulthood. Starting a skin care routine early will build a consistent skin care regimen and make it easier to adjust what products they use on their skin as they get older.

Read on to determine your teenager’s skin type and learn more about skin care products that will protect, cleanse, and hydrate their skin!


Normal Skin Type

Most common in younger people, a normal skin type is characterized by being well-balanced - not too dry and not too oily. Those with a normal skin type often have fewer imperfections and blemishes than other skin types, smaller pores, and fewer sensitivities to skin care products. Despite the fact that your teenager may present with a normal skin type, it is likely that their skin will become drier as they age.


Combination Skin Type

A combination skin type can be difficult to manage, as your teen’s skin can be oily in certain areas and drier in others. Your teenager’s T-zone (made up of the forehead, nose, and chin) is especially likely to be oily, while the rest of their face will appear to be more normal or dry. Those with combination skin typically have larger pores, so blackheads may be more apparent.


Dry Skin

Teenagers with dry skin produce less sebum than teenagers with normal, combination, or oily skin. The lack of sebum, a natural oil that keeps skin moisturized and retains water, means that your teenager’s skin cannot retain moisture effectively and is affected more severely by outside contaminants, such as dirt and sweat. Skin care for teens with dry skin specifically targets skin that appears dry, rough, and flaky.


Oily Skin Type

While teens with dry skin do not produce enough sebum, teens with oily skin produce too much sebum. You can recognize if your teen has oily skin if their skin appears glossy, if they have a larger than average number of blemishes on their face, or if their pores are enlarged. Skin care for teens with oily skin directly combats the overproduction of sebum and any acne that this excess sebum may have caused.


Kidskin helps your teenager take on their problematic T-zone with the T-Blast Foaming Cleanser for Oily Skin. Made with natural tea tree oil, this cleanser cuts through oil to prevent acne and other skin imperfections from popping up.


Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin in teenagers can be caused by a wide range of factors, including allergies or underlying skin disorders, such as eczema. Skin sensitivity can also result from a lack of protection from environmental factors, such as excessive exposure to the sun.


Luckily, Kidskin has skin care for teens with sensitive skin covered! Our Gentle Skin Cleanser for Kids targets and heals sensitive, irritated skin with antioxidants and peptides to tackle bacteria and inflammation. Pair the cleanser with Kidskin Gentle Skin Moisturizer for Kids, a lightweight, ultra-hydrating option for sensitive skin!


Best Practices for All Skin Types

Regardless of what skin type your teenager has, there are a number of basic skin care steps your teen should practice daily for radiant, well-hydrated skin.

  • Use Sunblock Every Day: Too many of us only wear sunblock when we are laying out on the beach, but it is a must for everyday skin care. Sunblock provides necessary protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays, decreasing your teen’s risk of cancer and sun damage. Kidskin Daily Sunscreen SPF30 provides all-natural protection on even the sunniest of days!
  • Stay Well Hydrated: Your teen’s skin is their largest organ, and without proper hydration, their skin can appear dry, flaky, and dull. By drinking at least eight glasses of water a day, your teen will flush out the toxins that may appear as acne and other blemishes on their face.
  • Wash Your Face Daily: Whether your child has normal, combination, dry, or oily skin, a daily face washing routine is beneficial for keeping their skin clear and glowing. Your teen should use a gentle face wash suited for their skin type on their face and pat their face gently with a towel to dry.
  • Moisturize: Skincare for teens doesn’t end with a good face wash - they should always follow up with a hydrating moisturizer. Kidskin Calming Moisturizer For Kids is designed for those with sensitive skin but can be used by all skin types to soothe skin and clear imperfections. This gentle, non-greasy lotion will also protect your teen’s skin from further damage.


Now that your teenager has a better sense of what their skin type is, they can begin building a personalized skin care routine using products that will keep their skin healthy and clear. Kidskin’s mission is to help all teenagers live happy, healthy, and confident lives - and that begins with proper skin care! Check out the Kidskin website for a full list of products for all skin types.