Why do teenagers get pimples?
First of all, what causes breakouts of pimples and blackheads in teenagers? There’s no singular reason for a breakout to occur. It can be down to a combination of reasons, mostly your genetics.
So, despite what you might have heard, you don’t break out because of poor hygiene or because you eat too much chocolate. It is simply the result of a clogged pore, caused by trapped bacteria, oil, and skin cells. For a more detailed explanation of this, read our article on how breakouts happen.
Breakouts are more common during hormonal changes. This is why they’re so common during our teenage years – because of puberty, our hormones go a little crazy during these years. This increases the likelihood of pimples appearing because our hormones affect the amount of sebum our pores produce. Read more on how hormones contribute to acne here.
Tips for teen skin care
Now for what you really want to know – how to treat breakouts and steps you can take to prevent future breakouts. We’ve got a bunch of tips to help you in both cases…
How to get rid of pimples
Whether it’s one big pimple or a massive breakout, the following steps will help you get rid of it the right way:
1. Wash your face with warm water and be gentle – don’t scrub your face harshly or wash it too often. This can irritate your skin and make breakouts worse. Wash your face in the morning when you wake up and then again at night before bed.
2. Choose the right skincare products. Products with benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid will help reduce the appearance of pimples and speed up healing time. You can find these key ingredients in Proactiv’s 3 Step Kit. Avoid products containing alcohol, which can lead to increased oil production.
3. Don’t pick your spots, as tempting as it might be. There’s no way to instantly get rid of a pimple, and picking at them could increase redness and inflammation, not to mention leaving scar tissue behind once they’ve cleared up. Touching your face frequently will also add to the levels of bacteria on your face, potentially worsening your breakout.
4. Be careful when applying makeup – it can be a good way to conceal your spots while you wait for them to subside, but makeup can also clog your pores even more. Look for noncomedogenic makeup that will keep your pores clear, and make sure you properly remove your makeup before going to bed.
5. Be patient! Unfortunately, there is no miracle cure for getting rid of acne. You just have to follow the steps above and be patient while waiting for a breakout to subside.
How to prevent teenage breakouts
Your spots have finally cleared up, but now isn’t the time to stop your skincare routine. Being proactive and consistent with skincare will reduce the likelihood of breakouts occurring again.
- Keep up your regular, gentle face washing routine.
- Shower after exercise to wash away the sweat and bacteria.
- Moisturise to help control sebum production.
- Avoid products that can dry out your skin, like alcohol-containing products.
- Keep grease away from your face – this means avoiding oil-based makeup and cutting back on greasy food.
- Wash your pillowcases regularly to keep the bacteria away.
- Keep using acne-fighting products like Proactiv’s 3 Step Kit.
- Get plenty of rest – there are links between stress and breakouts, so make sure you’re getting enough sleep and that you know how to manage your stress levels.
Keeping your skin clear and blemish-free may be harder to control as a teenager due to all those raging hormones, but following the tips we’ve listed here can help you manage it. If you continue to get bad breakouts, then you can also visit a dermatologist who may be able to recommend medicated products or treatments.
Take a look at the range of Proactiv products that can help you get your teen skin under control.