Teenage Acne-Prone Skin

Teenage pimples like whiteheads, papules, pustules and even cysts are common and affect many young people. To address, support and improve mild teenage acne-prone skin, CeraVe ceramides skincare is targeted and effective.

What causes mild teenage acne-prone skin?

The occurrence of mild teenage acne is common and can range from mild to severe. For many, teenage pimples are a part of puberty – most children between the ages of 9–18 will experience blemishes to some degree. The appearance of mild teenage acne is often related to the changes in the body experienced during these years. Causes can include:

  • Puberty: Hormonal changes can sometimes trigger excess sebum (our natural skin oil) production and stimulate oil glands. Oil glands are located all over the body.
  • Genetics: Teenage breakouts often relate back to family genetics. If parents experienced teenage pimples, their children have a higher chance of doing so.
  • Stress: The teenage years are highly stressful. Stress, alongside disturbed sleep patterns can affect skin health and lead to a compromised skin moisture barrier, which in turn can result in excess oil production.

What are the different types of teenage acne-prone skin?

As mentioned above, teenage acne ranges from mild to severe. Most instances of teenage pimples will localise around the face, on the upper back, neck, chest and upper arms. Mild acne can often be addressed via over-the-counter skincare support, whereas more intense forms may require dermatological support. Different types can include:

  1. Non-inflamed pimples such as whiteheads and blackheads. Blackheads are open pores or hair follicles with a dark centre, which have become clogged with dirt, bacteria and dead skin cells. Whiteheads on the other hand are closed and contain a white pus centre.
  2. Inflamed pimples such as pustules and papules. These can be swollen, red or dark in appearance and may cause skin to feel uncomfortable.
  3. Cysts. Larger in size than pimples, cysts sit underneath the skin and can be filled with fluids like pus and oil.

Tips for teenage acne-prone skin

Tip #1: Implement a purifying and balancing mild acne-prone skincare routine. Excessive oil flow can cause pores to become clogged, without the right cleansing and exfoliating support. Reduce the frequency of teenage breakouts and support healthy skin with daily use of a cleanser, blemish control gels, non-comedogenic moisturiser and broad-spectrum SPF.

Tip #2: Focus on healthy sleep cycles and a well-balanced diet. Our skin is the body’s largest organ and needs the right internal support as well as external. A nutrient-packed diet, healthy stress support, optimal water intake and the sufficient sleep all help to reduce mild teenage acne-prone concerns.

Tip #3: Take teenage pimples seriously and support your child through it. As common as it is, mild teenage acne-prone skin can impact self-esteem. Approach their concerns with patience and empathy.

Frequently asked questions about teenage acne-prone skin

  • Hormonal changes in puberty can contribute to the occurrence and frequency of teenage pimples. To address whiteheads, blackheads and inflamed pimples like pustules, a purifying skincare routine can help. CeraVe products for mild acne-prone skin help to clear and lift dead skin cells, bacteria and oil from pores and reduce oil flow. Each of our products are formulated with supportive yet effective ingredients like salicylic acid, hyaluronic acid and ceramides.

  • Daily moisture application is essential to addressing teenage breakouts, but in order to be effective, moisturiser for mild teenage acne-prone skin should be non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog pores) and lightweight yet deeply hydrating. Ceramides AM Facial Moisturising Lotion with SPF 15 is oil free and helps to promote 24-hour hydration, which aids in rebalancing oil production.

  • Many people believe that topical moisture application can overwhelm mild teenage acne-prone and oily skin, but moisturiser is needed as an important step in every skincare routine. Balanced hydration in skin is a sign of a strong skin moisture barrier – the skin’s natural shield against bacteria, pollution and dirt. In order to combat stressors that contribute to clogged pores, daily application of a non-comedogenic and lightweight moisturiser is recommended.

  • Cleansers help to clear away pore-clogging impurities like bacteria, dead skin and excess oil, and are the first step in daily skincare routines for mild teenage acne-prone skin. To reduce the appearance and frequency of teenage pimples, opt for purifying and non-comedogenic formulas. Blemish Control Cleanser for Mild Acne-Prone Skin contains 2% salicylic acid to target blemishes and purifying clay to improve the appearance of pores. Over time with frequent use, this gel-to-foam cleanser can help to prevent future breakouts. When using the product, be gentle with application and rinse off with lukewarm water.

  • Implementing a regular skincare routine is one of the most effective ways to reduce teenage pimples and help to improve the strength of skin. Alongside a healthy diet and sleep cycle, a daily skincare routine can help to rebalance and stabilise skin’s oil flow. The CeraVe Blemish Control range of skincare for mild acne-prone skin contains purifying and clearing ingredients like salicylic acid and purifying clay, to help promote clear, visibly healthy skin.

  • As important as a supportive skincare routine is for addressing teenage breakouts, it’s just as important not to overuse products and to apply each product gently. Daily products are typically formulated for twice-daily use, morning and night. When using potent ingredients like retinol, once is enough. Retinol should be used in the evening and ensure that a broad spectrum SPF is applied during the daytime, as skin can be more sensitive after retinol use. Always monitor skin while introducing a new product and talk to a healthcare professional if you have any concerns.

  • Teenage pimples can occur wherever excess oil flows, but typically appear on the face, neck, chest, upper back and upper arms. To support these parts of the body and help to improve the appearance of the skin, a BHA body cleanser and lightweight body moisturiser are recommended. SA Smoothing Cleanser with Ceramides contains salicylic acid to gently exfoliate and clear pores without removing moisture.

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