It’s hard enough coping with hormonal breakouts, but add in stress from study, hectic schedules, and plenty of extra-curricular activities, and it’s not surprising teenage skin goes on a rampage and breaks out in protest!
While we can’t help with the hormones, we can help you minimise the breakouts if you follow these tips:
Drink plenty of water
Staying hydrated is a must – not just for clear skin but for our entire body (it helps with brain function, muscular tension, and digestion to name just a few things). When your skin becomes dehydrated, your body produces oil to try and rectify the problem. While this helps reduce the likelihood of your skin drying out, it can lead to breakout congestion. During winter we often become dehydrated without realising it because we aren’t as thirsty as we are in the heat. At Omorfia, we’re often asked “how much water is the right amount?” and the answer varies for each individual. There are lots of varying formulas and equations to work this out, according to height, weight, activity/output, gender etc, but a good rule of thumb is to aim for 2 litres a day give or take. If you’re a taller, bulkier, active person then you’re likely to need more.
Match your products to your skin type & condition
What’s perfect for our friends’/brothers’/sisters’/parents’ skin isn’t always right for us. Choose a product that suits your skin type – dry/normal/oily/ combination, and condition – sensitised, acneic etc. Keep in mind that all pimples are not the same and therefore your product and approach needs to be selected correctly to successfully combat the breakout. For example, while an exfoliating scrub can be great for clearing blackhead congestion, it will only scratch the top off pustular “whitehead” pimples and potentially spread the bacteria, making the breakout worse. Ask your skin therapist to help make the right selection.
More isn’t always better
When applying product, ALWAYS follow the application guidelines. Too much of a good thing will harm your skin, and it’s also a waste of money. For example, slathering on a concentrated gel cleanser without foaming it up can strip your skin of the barrier that protects it, and you will go through product much faster. Depending on your cleanser, you may only need a 5 or 10 cent sized amount. For gel cleansers, foam it up with water (making big bubbles) in your palms before applying it to your skin. This allows for better application at a milder, more appropriate concentration for your skin.
Avoid hair products and styles that clog your skin
We all love great looking hair but choose your product and style carefully. Shampoos and Conditioners can irritate your skin, and styling product can clog your pores. Hair that hangs over our face can also cause breakouts. For clear skin, opt for products that are clean of fillers, and hairstyles that leave your face free. If you’re wearing hats, make sure at the very least the sweat band of it is cleaned regularly. If you need help with selecting a product, ask your skin therapist or hair dresser.
Change your pillowcase and sheets regularly
You ideally spend at least 8 hours with your head on your pillow and body in your bed. Sweat, bacteria, dead skin cells, dust mite and all sorts of other not so lovely things will build up on your sheets if they aren’t changed regularly, and this can cause breakouts. If you sleep on your side, check to see if one side of your face is more prone to breakouts than the other. If it is and you sleep on that side, it’s a good idea to clean your pillow straight away.
No time to shower? Carry wipes
One of the big issues with school life and managing breakouts is that there isn’t always time to shower immediately after sport, leaving your skin sticky from sweat and making it easy for grit and pollution to bind to it and creating a breeding ground for bacteria. A good work around for this, is to carry skin cleansing wipes in your bag so you can quickly wipe down acne prone skin, especially your face, neck and back. Choose a product that doesn’t require water after cleansing with the wipe as these will only irritate your skin if you can’t wash it off.
Need some extra help getting your skin under control? Book in for a Teen Skin Fitness treatment at Omorfia or visit us for a complimentary skin analysis that will allow us to match products for your skin and lifestyle.