While dealing with spots is part of growing up – and annoyingly appears to be part of adulthood too – teenagers are often subjected to skin woes in the form of severe blemishes that sap confidence and increase anxiety and self-consciousness, or the medical condition acne. While the latter has more severe implications in terms of the quantity of blemishes and potential scarring, both cause considerable grief to teens that are conscious about their appearance.
Ordinary every day spots are caused by a number of factors; hormones, condition of skin, diet and general well being may cause a sudden outbreak and stress or being overtired or run down will also have a negative effect on skin condition. Using a good skin care regime, paying attention to drinking water, eating fruit and sleeping well, will all help keep it in good condition.
Acne is a condition that affects the hair follicles and the sebum glands that produce the oils which lubricate both facial hair growth and our skin. When a person suffers from acne, these oil producing glands go into overdrive, producing too much sebum which then gets trapped in the pockets around hair follicles; these areas can then easily become infected with the bacteria that naturally live on our skin. Infected pores may become whiteheads or blackheads, can be extremely painful and cause significant scarring. Acne is often hereditary, so children of parents who were affected may also suffer from the condition. Contrary to popular belief, it is not linked to improper hygiene and does not reflect on whether skin is washed regularly; however there are habits and products which can help to give skin the best chance of staying healthy and keeping blemishes to a minimum.
Top Tips for Break Out Skin:-
- Avoid picking or squeezing spots and blackheads as it can cause scarring and will not help.
- Wash in warm water – not very hot or cold – no more than twice a day.
- Remove makeup before sleeping to give pores time to recover and avoid clogging.
- Keep hair washed and away from the face.
- Use products designed to be gentle on troublesome skin.
The Dermalogica Clear Start Break Out Clearing Kit is perfect as a starter kit for teens experiencing skin troubles for the first time and anyone for whom health, lifestyle or hormone changes have caused blemishes. It contains 5 products specially designed to help treat and prevent skin break outs and control the impact of spots and blackheads and covers all essential areas of cleansing, toning and moisturising. It is an ideal first set of products for anyone commencing a skin care regime to deal with problem areas.