When your kids are little, washing their faces with just their average body wash is going to be enough to keep their skin clean and clear. But as your kids progress into their teenage years, puberty and hormones are going to make it so their skin needs a bit more care that’s different than what they’re used to.
Since you’ve been through puberty before, you’re equipped to help your teen navigate this new world of acne and bad skin. But to help you in doing this as effectively as possible, here are three tips for teaching your teen about proper skin care.
Learn What Type Of Skin You Have
One of the most important things for your teen to understand in order to take proper care of their skin is what type of skin they have. With this information, they’ll be able to better find products that will work for their skin and be able to create a healthy routine for keeping any issues under control.
According to Dr. Debra Jaliman, a contributor to WebMD.com, the four most common types of skin are dry, oily, combination, and normal. Based on what type of skin your teen has, their treatment plan will vary. However, things like cleansing, moisturizing, and treating problem areas will all stay the same for every type of skin.
Follow The Instructions On Skin Care Products
Just because a skin care product falls in a certain category, like a cleanser or a moisturizer, doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily meant to be used in the same way as other products as the same category in order for it to be most effective. Because of this, Angela Palmer, a contributor to Very Well Health, advises that you teach your teen the importance of following the instructions for each skin care product.
Especially if your teen was given a product from a dermatologist, they should be using it exactly as directed, even if they don’t understand exactly why the directions recommend a certain application.
Avoid Touching Your Face
One reason many people, including teens, have issues with their skin is that they touch it too much. If you touch your face when your hands aren’t clean, you’re only putting dirt, oil, and germs onto your skin, which can cause you to breakout.
To combat this, Dr. Patrice Hyde, a contributor to KidsHealth.org, recommends that you teach your teen not to touch their face if at all possible. This includes avoiding popping any pimples that may appear, as this can lead to even more acne and other issues, like scarring, redness, and swelling.
If your teen is needing to start taking better care of their teenage skin, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you teach them some basic skills and principles about caring for their skin.