Pimple-prone skin is common in the teenage years. Usually, the sebaceous glands make just enough oil (called sebum) to keep hair and skin nicely lubricated. However, in adolescence, they sometimes start producing an excess of sebum, which can clog pores and cause pimples. Of course, the fact that pimples are a common problem doesn’t make them any less upsetting for the teens that have to put up with them. Developing good skincare habits and maintaining good health and fitness generally do a lot to improve the situation. Here are some helpful ideas to share with your teen.
Developing good skincare habits and keeping your skin clean will go a long way to reducing pimples. However, if you are constantly washing your face, particularly if you’re using soap, you may risk stripping your skin of its natural oils, which can actually prompt your skin to boost oil production. Washing twice a day (morning and night) with a cleanser such as Clearasil Daily Clear Oil Free Daily Gel Wash is sufficient.
Resist the urge to squeeze!
Popping or squeezing a pimple can provide an instant solution to an unsightly problem, but it’s not good for your skin and can make the pimple worse. Squeezing a pimple not only aggravates the pore, it can spread oil and bacteria to surrounding areas and lead to post-pimple marks. If you really need to clear a pimple quickly, apply a cream that contains Benzoyl Peroxide, a fast-acting ingredient that kills pimple-producing bacteria. Try Clearasil Ultra Acne Treatment Cream, Extra Strength which contains Benzoyl Peroxide.
Neaten up the hair products
Using gels and spays in your hair isn’t a problem in itself, but if those products gather on your skin, you could find that you may develop pimples along your hairline. It’s all about keeping skin clean and clear, so try to be neat when applying hair products, or at least be mindful of wiping the excess off your skin.
Choose and use make-up wisely
Make-up can clog up the pores in your skin, making you even more susceptible to pimples. Try not to wear make-up every day and, when you do, choose water-based, oil-free products over the oily alternatives. And always wash the make-up off your face at the end of the day. If you’ve had a big day at school and can’t handle your normal face-washing routine, use a cleansing wipe such as Clearasil Daily Clear Deep Cleansing Wipes to lift away impurities.
Watch what you eat
The good news is that there is no conclusive link between eating sweet treats like lollies and chocolates and developing pimples. However, there is some evidence that a high-GI diet full of highly processed carbohydrates like white bread, white rice and potatoes could be contributing to pimple breakouts. In any case, a low-GI diet of fresh fruits and vegetables and lots of whole grains is good for your general health.
LIVE WELL RECOMMENDS
Clearasil Daily Clear Oil Free Daily Gel Wash
Refreshing, foaming, oil free gel wash cleanses to wash away dirt, oil and bacteria, helping to keep pores unblocked for clearer skin everyday.
Clearasil Ultra Acne Treatment Cream, Extra Strength
Clearasil Ultra Acne Treatment Cream Extra Strength contains Benzoyl Peroxide and works by breaking down the dead skin cells to open the pimple, then penetrates deep down into the pore absorbing excess oil and killing pimple-causing bacteria to give you visibly clearer skin. Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional.
Clearasil Daily Clear Deep Cleansing Wipes
These wipes have been specially developed for everyday use to gently remove impurities and cleanse skin. Each wipe is formulated with gentle cleansers that remove surface dirt whilst cleansing deep into pores.