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Does your teenager often complain about acne, oily skin, or pesky blackheads that never seem to go away? Adolescents experience hormonal changes that can lead to oily skin and larger pores that make proper skincare challenging.

You’ve likely already come across many products out there that don’t help. They might even make your teen’s skin worse. By following the right advice and using quality ingredients, your teen can improve his or her skin, keeping it cleaner, clearer, and healthier.

Key Takeaways

  • Taking the proper advice can lead to fewer breakouts and better, faster results, boosting your teen’s self-esteem.
  • To help your teen build a skincare routine, start by identifying your teen’s skin type so you can select products with helpful, high-quality ingredients.
  • An effective skincare routine should include cleansing, exfoliating, hydrating, and protecting the skin.

How to Help Your Teen Build an Effective Skincare Routine

The best way to help your son or daughter care for their skin effectively is to follow these steps. Taking the accurate advice can lead to fewer breakouts and better, faster results, boosting your teen’s confidence now and in the future.

1. Identify Skin Type

First, your teen needs to identify their skin type by conducting a skin analysis. They can do this at home or ask a professional for help. Remember that everyone’s skin is unique, so what works well for a friend may cause severe issues for your child.

Here are the four main types of skin:

  • Dry: Skin becomes too dry if it does not produce enough oil. It may appear rough, dull, or scaly and feel itchy at times.
  • Oily: Skin can appear shiny if you have an overproduction of sebum, which makes skin more acne-prone.
  • Normal: Normal skin is even and smooth, with a good balance of dryness and oil and good blood circulation. It should have a soft texture and lack flaky patches and blemishes.
  • Combination: Some areas feel too dry (usually the cheeks) while others feel too oily (often the chin, forehead, and nose). The oily area is known as the “T-Zone.”

Other factors influence skin condition as well. It’s vital to consider these four barriers when choosing skincare products. If you don’t, you could mistake one condition for another and use the wrong products – working against your teen’s body instead of with it. These four barriers can be combined with any skin type, bringing the total number of skin categories to 16.

  • Pigmentation
  • Wrinkles
  • Inflammation
  • Dehydration

Have your teen take our free quiz to identify their true skin ID.

2. Select the Right Products

After understanding your teen’s skin type, you can look for products with ingredients that specifically address their concerns. Understanding how different oils and acids affect the skin can help your teen tackle problems head-on.

Here’s a list of ingredients to look for based on each skin type:

  • Dry: To mildly exfoliate dry skin, try products containing citric, lactic, and mandelic acids. Ferment filtrate from French Polynesia is another natural ingredient that prevents moisture loss and induces lipid production.
  • Oily: Look for moisturizers and scrubs containing beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) to reduce oil production. Red clover flower extract can reduce the appearance of large pores and reduce sebum production.
  • Normal: Highly active encapsulated peptides can gently improve skin tone.
  • Combination: Try hyaluronic acid to avoid clogging pores in oily areas and purified French Polynesia ferment filtrate to improve hydration in dry areas.

In your search for quality products for your teenager, avoid these ingredients as much as possible:

  • Fragrances
  • Alcohols
  • Sulfates
  • Colorants
  • Comedogenic ingredients (e.g., isopropyl myristate)

3. Create an Effective Skincare Routine

Teaching your teen how to follow a simple routine may be the best way to keep them on the right track and learn a healthy and effective lifelong practice.


Your teen should wash their face two times a day to remove any pollutants, dirt, excess oil, and dead skin cells. This will help keep pores unclogged and avoid worsening problems like acne and blackheads. If your teen plays sports, encourage them to wash their face beforehand. Make sure your teen completely removes any makeup before going to bed.


Exfoliation can improve blood circulation and remove dead skin cells to replenish and moisturize the skin. For sensitive skin, opt for hydroxyl acid or citric acid over harsher scrubbing products like brushes and sponges. Only exfoliate once or twice a week.


To rehydrate the skin after cleansing and exfoliating, use a moisturizer for your teen’s specific skin type. Moisturizers can strengthen and brighten the skin and help your teen avoid overly dry or irritated patches that may lead to breakouts. Look for products with occlusive and humectant ingredients.


Apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to protect the skin against UVA and UVB rays year-round. Wearing protective clothing, sunglasses, and hats can also help your teen protect their face during sun exposure.

Overview of a basic skincare routine for teens

Alt Text: Overview of a basic skincare routine for teens

4. Reduce Stress Levels

Something parents and teens often forget when trying to treat acne-prone skin or breakouts is that stress can cause acne to flare. According to Dr. Warren Heymann, “stress aggravates acne, while acne exacerbates stress.” Encourage your teen to cut back on their activities or pick up a new, peace-inducing hobby (like art or yoga) if they’re feeling overwhelmed.

Extra Skincare Tips for Teens Prone to Acne

Here are some extra tips to share with your teen to help clear up or prevent breakouts and keep skin healthier overall.

  • Don’t pop pimples. It pushes the infection deeper into the skin that can lead to scarring.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Wear looser clothing to allow the skin to breathe better.
  • Keep hair out of your face to avoid clogging pores.
  • Avoid tanning beds. Tanning can lead to permanent skin damage and premature aging.
  • Keep glasses, sunglasses, and phones clean.
  • Use a lip balm with SPF.

A Personalized Solution to Enhance Your Teen’s Skincare Routine

Snowperk iD™ can empower your teen to learn his or her skin type and condition. They’ll receive personalized recommendations to optimize their skincare routines based on results.

Check your skin ID today with our free quiz!

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