Once your child hits puberty, he or she may quickly turn from being your baby to becoming this moody teenager that you don’t recognize and can’t quite communicate with anymore. During this time, your teen is going to be going through some big changes, physically and emotionally. With all these changes, he or she might not know how to address some of the new things happening to them, especially when it involves their new skin problems. So to help your teen make it through these years with minimal damage done, here are three things you should be teaching your teenager about proper skin care.
During puberty, your teen’s skin is going to start producing more oil than ever before. Because of this, he or she will also start getting pimples. To combat this, Ayren Jackson-Cannady, a contributor to WebMD, advises that you help your teen find the right cleanser for his or her skin type. Different types of skin will require different types of help from your various products. For examples, some teens might need more moisture while others might need to exfoliate or tone their skin more often. Once you’ve helped your teen pinpoint what he or she needs help with, it will be much easier to find a product to fulfill those needs.
Leave Your Pimples Alone
When those pimples start popping up, it’s many people’s natural tendency to want to pop them. However, this is actually one of the worst things you can do for your skin. When you try to pop these blemishes, you can cause a lot of damage to your skin that will stick around much longer than that pimple would have if you would have just left it alone. However, if you do need help with pimples, Christa Joanna Lee, a contributor to Teen Vogue, suggests that you simply use something topical rather than trying to extract anything on your own.
Be On The Lookout For Cancer
Teens are one group that often spends time in the sun without the protection of sunscreen. Because of this, they can be very susceptible to developing skin cancer. To catch this before it becomes a big issue, teach your teen to always use sunscreen. And when in doubt about if something could be skin cancer or not, Johns Hopkins Medicine shares with Science Daily to look for the “ABCD’s” of moles or spots: asymmetrical shapes, border irregularities, changes in color, and diameter growth. If you or your teen notice anything that falls into the above-mentioned categories, get your teen into a dermatologist as soon as you can.
To help your teen keep themselves looking and feeling good, consider using the tips mentioned above to help teach your teen about proper skin care.