I’m excited to welcome the amazing, Lucy Greene, this week to educate about teenagers & acne! Lucy is our Lead Licensed Esthetician & Certified Acne Specialist who also manages our esthetics team at Racquel Aesthetics. She eats, sleeps & breathes all things acne, we are so lucky to have her expertise at Racquel Aesthetics.
Take it away Lucy! ❤️
Ah, adolescence! The time of physical changes, self-discovery, and unfortunately, often the onset of acne. For teenagers, battling acne becomes a daily struggle that affects their self-esteem, confidence, and overall well-being. If you’re one of those teenagers dealing with acne, it’s crucial to remember that you’re not alone. As someone who helps teens all over the nation, I’ll help you explore the various aspects of dealing with acne as a teenager and provide practical tips to help you navigate this challenging phase with confidence.
1. Understanding Acne:
Acne is a common skin condition that occurs due to the overproduction of oil and the buildup of dead skin cells, leading to clogged pores. Hormonal changes during puberty play a significant role in triggering acne breakouts. It’s crucial to understand that acne is not a reflection of your hygiene or self-care habits. It’s a natural part of growing up, and with the right approach, it can be managed effectively.
2. Developing a Skincare Routine:
Establishing a consistent skincare routine is key to managing acne. Here are some essential steps to include:
a) Cleansing: Wash your face gently twice a day with a mild cleanser specifically formulated for acne-prone skin. If you are oily or combination, I would consider our RFA Purifying Cleanser. If you are dry, sensitive, or unsure, I would get the RFA Gentle Foaming Cleanser.
b) Moisturizing: Use an oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated without clogging your pores. I love the RFA Oil-Free Moisturizing Gel and the RFA Light Lotion. These are two options that are acne safe, lightweight, and healing. You can layer these on top of eachother for an even better result.
c) Less Can Be More: Steer clear of multiple acne products and 3-step systems. Without proper guidance and a game plan, you can strip the barrier of your skin causing more inflammation and more acne.
d) Sun Protection: This is an important step for all skin types and ages. Sun protection will not only soothe acne, but it will protect your skin from prolonged scarring. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. My favorite is the RFA Daily + Protect SPF.
3. Hands Off!:
Resist the temptation to pick, squeeze, or pop your pimples. Not only does it increase the risk of infection and scarring, but it also prolongs the healing process. Keep your hands away from your face as much as possible, and avoid touching your acne-prone areas to minimize the transfer of bacteria and dirt.
4. Makeup and Acne:
If you choose to wear makeup, opt for oil-free, non-comedogenic products that won’t clog your pores. Always remove your makeup before going to bed to allow your skin to breathe and recover overnight. Consider using mineral-based makeup, which tends to be less irritating to the skin.
5. Healthy Lifestyle Habits:
Certain lifestyle factors can influence acne. While they may not be the sole cause, adopting these habits can support overall skin health:
a) Balanced Diet: Focus on a well-rounded diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Limit sugary foods and processed snacks that can exacerbate acne.
b) Hydration: Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and flush out toxins.
c) Regular Exercise: Engage in physical activities you enjoy to reduce stress, improve blood circulation, and promote healthy skin.
d) Good Sleep: Aim for a consistent sleep schedule and prioritize getting enough restful sleep each night.
6. Seeking Professional Help:
Guidance and a game plan is key to clearing your acne. Working with an acne specialist like myself can eliminate the guesswork of choosing products. This 1:1 guidance will also ensure that you stay consistent and have a cheerleader for you along the way. Having acne can be very isolating so working with a professional will lend you an acne BFF. Remember, you do not have to be alone in this!
7. Nurturing Emotional Well-being:
Dealing with acne can take an emotional toll on teenagers. It’s essential to nurture your emotional well-being:
a) Surround yourself with supportive friends and family who understand and encourage you.
b) Engage in activities you enjoy and boost your confidence.
c) Practice self-care and engage in relaxation techniques such as meditation or deep breathing exercises.
d) Talk to a trusted adult, counselor, or therapist if you’re having a hard time.
The reason I am a dedicated acne specialist is because I was a teenager with acne. Let myself and the team at RFA help you achieve clear skin! You can do a virtual consultation with me anytime, through my website lucyhatesacne.com or feel free to message me on Instagram @lucyhatesacne
Resident Acne Specialist & Esthetician at RFA Skincare