Pimples – one annoying thing that appears in your teens. They arrive in several forms, like clogged pores (whiteheads, blackheads), painful pimples and sometimes hard, deep lumps. Life is never dull!
The good news is that there are many ways to prevent (and treat) pimples today to keep the condition minimal, prevent scarring, and leave your skin glowing.
But what causes pimples or acne in your tweens and teens? When you hit puberty, you will see an increase in androgens (sex hormones) and the excess hormones cause our oil glands to be become overactive, enlarge and produce too much oil (or sebum). And when you have too much sebum, the pores or hair follicles become blocked with skin cells resulting in an overgrowth of bacteria = resulting in inflamed and infected pores = pimples (pore clogs + closes = bulges then you’ve got a whitehead and pore clogs + stays open = blackhead from exposure to air)
What do I do to help?
Cleanse: Wash your face with a gentle cleanser in the morning and night to remove dirt, oil, and makeup. Need to make sure the ph is right for teens so your skin doesn’t end up with more problems (Holy Moly Face Wash is ph perfect for teens)
Treat: Apply a treatment product, such as a serum or spot treatment, to target specific skin concerns (like the Holy Moly Spot Oil)
Moisturise: Finish by applying a moisturiser to hydrate your skin and lock in the other products. Often teens freak out that moisturising will cause more pore clogging but if you get the right one – it should heal and help (like the Holy Moly Gel Moisturiser)
Sun protection: Apply a broad-spectrum SPF during the day to protect your skin from UV damage. Super important!
Exfoliate: Once or twice a week, gently exfoliate your skin to remove dead skin cells and improve skin texture.
Mask: Once or twice a week, use a face mask to provide extra nourishment and hydration to your skin.
Inside Out: And remember the importance of thinking about the inside too. Drink water/stay hydrated and look at supplements (like zinc)