While teenagers don’t have to worry about wrinkles, most of them will experience their fair share of spots. Here are five ways to tackle and treat teenage acne for a clear complexion and confidence.

Being a teenager isn’t easy. Between raging hormones and figuring out who they are and what they want to do, the pressure can be immense and the expectations high. The last thing they need is having to worry about is problem skin. But, sadly, they do! Around 85% of young people experience teenage acne, to varying degrees. It tends to start as they reach puberty, and can in some cases continue into adulthood.

While excess zits might seem to be an external issue, suffering from them can have psychological side effects. A 2018 study revealed that people with acne are 63% more likely to be diagnosed with depression within a year of their skin becoming problematic.

Fortunately, skincare products and procedures continue to improve. This means that there are a number of ways to address spotty skin, from oral medication to topical treatments. Here are five ways to tackle teenage acne for a clear complexion and confidence boost.


Moisturize – but be mindful!

Teenage acne and oily skin often go hand-in-hand. This has lead many people struggling with spots to believe that they should skip on moisturizer to minimize the problem. This, however, is counterintuitive, as it causes the skin to over-produce oil to keep it balanced.

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Instead of opting out altogether, look for a formula that is oil-free and non-comedogenic. Gel formulas are also a great, lightweight option.

Don’t pick at pimples

When you pass a mirror and see a new spot, it can be *very tempting* to give it a squeeze. But this is not a good idea, for a number of reasons. Picking your pimples can lead to the spread of bacteria which can result in even more acne. Another reason to keep your hands off is because picking can lead to permanent scarring.

Apply products with caution

When it comes to zit-busting skincare, it’s all too easy to accidentally go overboard. The problem is that ingredients that treat acne can be harsh, resulting in redness, inflammation and a compromised skin barrier. Always apply your products as directed by your healthcare provider or according to the instructions. Laying it on too thick or too often can leave you worse off than you started.

Keep it clean, but don’t over-wash

A lot of people with teenage acne think that it is a result of being dirty or having oily skin. As such, many of them take to washing their faces with harsh, stripping products or cleanse too often.

Over-washing can lead to increased oil production and a damaged skin barrier. Instead, use a gentle foam cleanser and rinse with lukewarm water.

Consult with a dermatologist

Sometimes over-the-counter skincare just doesn’t work. For stubborn acne that isn’t responding to topical treatments, it’s worth going to visit a dermatologist. They can put together a custom treatment plan to tackle the issue holistically for clear, healthy skin.

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