Closeup of young smiling friends standing in a row with woman inThe teen years are filled with growing bodies, fluctuating hormones and skin that at times seems impossible to keep clear.  While we know it’s a passing stage, it certainly doesn’t feel like it when you’re in your teens and your skin in covered with acne.


There are some things important to note: your personal habits are rarely to blame for your acne, most often the food choices you make don’t cause your acne and chances are good that if you talk to your parents about their skin when they were a teen, you’ll see a correlation to your skin.


Daily Skin Care Steps


Body-Acne-ComboCleanser: It’s important to cleanse your skin morning and night, especially if you have oily or acne-prone skin.  Using facial cleansing cloths at night makes it easy to clean your face before bed.

Moisturizer: An oil-free mattifying moisturizer such as ZENMED’s Oil-Free Moisturizer will help keep shine at bay throughout the day.

Sunscreen: If you want to keep your youthful look, get rid of the notion that the sun is your answer to beauty. The sun is actually your answer to wrinkles, premature aging and skin damage.  Mineral sunscreen is best for oily skin.

Spot Treatments: If you deal with acne, a spot treatment is a great way to shorten the lifespan of your pimple.  A dot of spot treatment applied directly to the blemish applied before bed (after you wash) will send them packing.  Look for ingredients such as salicylic acid, benzyl-peroxide, clay or tea tree oil.  Try ZENMED’s Derma-Cleanse Acne Mask Spot Treatment.


Healthy Skin Lifestyle


When noting that what you put in your mouth doesn’t necessarily provide insight to the condition of the skin, there is one ingredient that some believe can make acne worse: milk.  A study done in 2008 by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, found that boys who drank the most milk had the worst acne.  (More about the study.)  The good news is that the foods thought to provoke acne, chocolate, pizza, greasy foods, didn’t seem to cause acne at all.


But don’t go crazy with the fast food and chocolate just yet.  Pay attention to your skin after you eat to see what your body reacts to.  A skin journal makes this easy to look back and see if anything you ate directly impacts your skin.  And don’t forget that an all-around healthy diet makes for a healthy body.


Will My Acne Go Away When I Get Older?


Most people will see their acne reduce as they age, though many people still have breakouts into their 30’s and beyond.  Ask your parents to make an appointment to visit a dermatologist who can help prescribe acne treatments not available over-the-counter.  There is no reason you need to suffer through a face and body full of acne without help when there are many easy options to treat your skin available with the help of a doctor.