How to Get Control of Your Teen’s Acne This Year
By Heather Delaney Reese, It's a Lovely Life
I remember when they were little thinking about what it would be like when they were teens. I was a little worried because I had heard that the teen years are the toughest when you have daughters. It has turned out to be completely the opposite. Chasing after them when they were younger was much tougher. They are a joy to have around, and I love being the mom to two teen girls.
Parenting teens is really fun.
That is not to say that it doesn’t come with some challenges. They are much closer to adulthood than childhood so parenting has changed. I’m now thinking about raising the next generation of adults and all that it entails. Along the way, I’ve noticed that I worry more about their happiness and not just the adult tasks they will be undertaking as they age. This includes finding their own joy and just as importantly feeling comfortable in their own skin.
I want them to wake up each morning with joy in their hearts for the new day and the self-confidence to accomplish any and everything they have their minds set to do!
I know that this kind of positivity comes from within, but I also know that there are things that I can do to help them feel their best on the outside too. I encourage them to eat healthy foods and to make healthy choices each day, and I also help them navigate through developing their own personal habits to look their best. They both take great pride in their definition of style, and I love it. Ash loves the fitness lifestyle look for her clothing and a carefree take on makeup and her hair so that she is always ready for another workout. While Maddie is our fashionista who loves discovering new makeup. She even suggests new colors and shades for me!
One thing we all take very seriously is skin care. With Maddie’s love of makeup and Ash’s constant workouts, proper care of their skin is essential to keep it looking good and keeping acne at bay.
Our constant travels can also be harsh to sensitive teen skin.
Long flights and bouncing between different climates can be tough on skin, so we make sure to take extra care of their skin, no matter where we are. We are also always on top of the latest products that help keep their skin looking healthy and clear. The number one thing we have done to help keep our teens’ skin clear was to develop some habits that make skin care easy. Because the girls have very different skin types, I have tailored these tips to each of them and their different lifestyles.
For my athletic, active teen.
Ash is always on the go and doesn’t wear much makeup, so for her, it is important that she washes her face with a cleanser she loves as soon as she is done working out, before bed, and first thing in the morning. Her go-to face cleanser is the new CLEAN & CLEAR® ACNE TRIPLE CLEAR™ Bubble Foam Cleanser. I help them pick out skin products, but I have learned that the best way to motivate them to use skin care products is to let them decide which ones they really like. Thankfully CLEAN & CLEAR® has a whole collection of products for different needs and skin types, so Ash was able to choose the one she liked the most.
For my fashion-savvy makeup-wearer.
Maddie’s skin care needs are very simple. She wears makeup and is really good about taking it off as soon as she can. She loves the artistic aspect of makeup and she is really good with applying it and just as good at keeping her face clean before and after wearing it. Her skin is more prone to acne so her skin care routine includes a good, sensitive face cleanser and a NEUTROGENA® Light Therapy Acne Mask and NEUTROGENA® Light Therapy Acne Mask Activator (here is a $3 coupon to save on these products). I am so happy that the light therapy technology is available because it is clinically proven and brings technology dermatologists use to my home. The mask harnesses the power of light to treat mild to moderate acne; for healthier, clearer skin, she uses it every day! It is also a 100-percent UV-free and chemical-free treatment and approved by the FDA. Light therapy works by using blue light to kill acne causing bacteria and red light to reduce inflammation.
Along with these habits and tips to keep their skin clean and acne controlled, we also talk about how they feel their skin is doing and if we need to make any changes. We keep this same system when we are at home and on the road, but I know that the changing climate can affect their skin along with a list of other things. I want them to know that they can come and talk to me about anything, including their skin issues and we will work together as a team to find the best solutions.
Heather Delaney Reese is a paid spokesperson for the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® Program