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Teenage Skin Survival Guide: Must-Read Tips

A surge of hormones, stress from school and a busy social life can affect our skin. I've compiled a short list of personal care tips to help you through, what can be, a complicated and occasionally overwhelming time.

Understanding Teenage Skin

During adolescence, hormonal changes can affect our bodies.  From increased oil production which can sometimes lead to acne, to body odour and greasy hair.  It can be helpful to know that all teenagers experience these conditions at some point.

Establishing a Routine

Consistency is key.  Adopt this simple habit.

  • Cleanse
  • Moisturise
  • Try to remember to apply a sunscreen

Choose a range that has been formulated for your skin type.

Tackling Acne Head On

Acne is a common issue during teenage years but can be managed with the right approach. Gently wash your face at least once a day with a mild cleanser to remove excess oil and impurities. If over-the-counter solutions aren’t effective and it begins to affect your mood, consider consulting a dermatologist who can prescribe treatments or medications.

It’s worth remembering that any cosmetic product claiming to ‘treat’ or ‘cure’ is making an illegal claim.

Promoting Healthy Habits

It’s not just about what we put on our skin. Drink plenty of water, eat a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables and get enough sleep. These habits are easier said than done, however, they not only support overall health but there is increased evidence these can also improve our skins appearance.

Sun Protection

UV Rays can cause long-term damage and aggravate skin issues like acne and scars. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and try to apply daily, don’t forget the tops of the ears.

Manage Stress

Teenage years can be stressful and stress can lead to breakouts. It’s not easy but try to reduce stress with exercise, hobbies or socialising.

Peer Pressure and Beauty Standards

Companies and individuals still set unrealistic beauty standards on social media and adverts. Our natural features are ultimately what sets us apart and makes us special.  Self-esteem can indirectly improve skin health because we are less likely to resort to unsuitable products or potentially harmful habits.

The Don'ts of Teenage Skincare

Sometimes knowing 'what NOT to do' is just as useful 

  • Picking at the skin

  • Using abrasive or aggressive products

  • Constantly jumping from one product to another (usually because of trends)

  • Using unsuitable products

  • Believing and adopting TikTok or other social media fads

  • Sharing makeup or skincare items with friends (it can lead to the spread of bacteria)

These can all exacerbate skin problems.


Patience and a bit of trial and error will go a long way in finding the right balance for your skin.

Product reviews are, in the main, pretty useless as a guide because everybody’s skin is different and what works for you may not work for someone else.


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