As a parent, it can be incredibly difficult to watch your teenager struggle with acne and congested skin. Acne is, at best, uncomfortable and, at worst, physically painful. It can also create a lot of emotional upset and self-consciousness, as it’s on show for the world to see. The teen years have enough hurdles to negotiate without adding an inflammatory skin condition into the equation.
Thankfully, there are many treatments available that can help teenagers find relief from their skin complaints. Let’s look at the best steps for tackling teenage acne and congestion head-on.
Step 1: A Good Skincare Routine
No matter your age, having a good skincare routine is essential for healthy skin. This is especially true for teenagers who are going through hormonal changes and fluctuations in their skin’s natural oils. A proper skincare routine should include cleansing and moisturising twice a day, as well as using sunscreen when outdoors.
That being said, all skin care products aren’t created equal. In fact, many products aimed at teenagers contain ingredients that exacerbate skin conditions, creating more inflammation and irritation. Drying alcohols, mineral oils, silicones, sulfates and parabens are popular ingredients in over-the-counter skincare, despite being shown to worsen acne.
When it comes to skincare, avoid any products that haven’t been specifically prescribed for the unique skin condition you are treating. All skincare products should be based on a comprehensive skin consultation. Without this tailored approach, despite your best intentions – you may do more harm than good.
Step 2: Make Small, Impactful Changes
Sometimes, little changes to your daily routine can make a big impact. We’ve all heard the old wives’ tale that chocolate gives you spots, but there may be a vein of truth to that. A diet high in sugar and dairy may make teenagers more susceptible to breakouts. While we don’t recommend cutting out sugar or dairy completely, sporty teens who consume a lot of whey-based protein powder may want to consider plant-based options.
Another small change in routine that has a noticeable effect is to wash hair and pillowcases more often. Teenage skin naturally produces more oil, which can transfer to long hair or bedding overnight. Cleansing your skin before bed and then spending hours lying on oil and bacteria could be slowing down your skincare progress.
Step 3: Dermatology Treatments
The vast majority of lotions, creams and cleansers address the outermost layer of skin without targeting the root cause of acne, which is the build-up of sebum and bacteria deep within the pores. For this reason, many mainstream products work for a week or two, but then the acne returns to the same level, if not worse.
At Dermal Glow, we offer a number of skin treatments that provide long-term results on acne-prone skin. In our quest to prevent ill-informed at-home treatments, we’re offering 15% off skin treatments for anyone under the age of 20. This allows our youngest clients to experience the benefits of specialised skincare and achieve visible results. If you’re tired of spending time and money on skincare products for your teenager’s spots that don’t produce results, try one of our top-rated treatments for acne.
Forever Clear BBL®
Suitable for delicate teen skin, Forever Clear BBL® uses the power of light to safely and effectively target acne. With a unique three-step process that isn’t available on standard IPL devices, the system uses a range of light waves to send energy deep into the skin. Using the world’s most powerful IPL device, the BroadBand Light, we kill bacteria deep lurking within the skin that contribute to acne. This action allows the skin time to recover, replenish and rebuild.
Non-invasive and virtually painless, the Forever Clear BBL® treatment is one of our most popular treatments for acne-prone teens and adults alike.
Dermalux® Blue 415NM
The Dermalux® system is a non-invasive form of LED therapy that can be tailored to your teen’s unique skin needs. With three bands of light, each that produces different actions on the skin, we can adjust the system to best suit the skin complaint at hand.
Dermalux® Blue 415NM is particularly helpful for fighting active acne, using a specific blue light frequency that kills the bacteria responsible for spots and helps to prevent future breakouts. Blue light also helps to balance the production of sebum, reducing oiliness and improving overall skin clarity.
Clinical peels are a highly effective treatment option that improves the skin’s overall health, removing dead cells and encouraging cell regeneration. The D-Tox Peel is a medical strength peel that utilises Vitamin A, salicylic and lactic acids to remove impurities from the skin. The combination of ingredients used in the D-Tox Peel helps to fight bacteria and heal damaged skin.
While downtime is usually minimal, chemical peels require exceptional skin maintenance following treatment, including the use of UV protection.
To discuss BBL®, Dermalux® LED therapy or chemical peels in more detail, book an initial skin consultation today.
Dermal Glow, Targeted Treatments for Troublesome Skin
Dealing with teenage acne and congestion can be difficult, but there are several options available that can help improve their skin health quickly and effectively. From establishing an appropriate skincare routine to utilising dermatological treatments – there are many options available that don’t involve harsh chemicals or potentially dangerous products like those advertised online or on social media platforms.
With patience and guidance from professionals, teenagers can achieve a clear, healthy complexion and feel confident in their skin again. If your teen is struggling, take advantage of our 15% discount on all teen treatments and book an initial skin consultation where we’ll discuss treatment options.