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Skin Care For Teenagers

Due to the multitude of hormonal disturbances taking place during puberty, teenage skin is often beset by problems. Blemishes, blackheads and acne are particular problems and can, if serious, affect the confidence and quality of life of a teenager. Coping with the physical and emotional changes of adolescence is difficult enough without the added complication of bad skin. Fortunately, there are a number of ways of minimising these skin conditions. Blackheads can be removed by using a facial scrub, which is particularly effective if you have helped to open the pores with a steam treatment. Antiseptic can be used to help dry out a blemish. This is a much better way of dealing with spots than squeezing, as this can damage the skin and lead to bruising. Recent breakthroughs in the treatment of acne can offer welcome relief from this distressing condition. Your doctor should be able to prescribe a treatment that will help to minimize outbreaks. In addition to these treatments for skin conditions, drinking plenty of water and maintaining a sensible diet, filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, will certainly help to keep skin clear. Needless to say, keeping junk food and sugary drinks to a minimum will also be of benefit to overall health as well as skin.

A good starting point is to make a record of your dietary intake each day for a week. By studying this, you will be able to make any necessary adjustments. Try substituting fresh fruit for crisps and chocolates, or fresh juices and/or mineral water for carbonated, sugary drinks. At the same time, monitor improvements to your skin. If you support yourself by taking aromatherapy baths to relieve stress and follow the skin-cleasing regime given below, you should see visible results within a week. If you do not, it may be because the diet and/or care treatments have not been strictly followed. Remember too, that acne is often worse just before menstruation, and that teenage acne usually subsides by the early twenties.

Daily Skincare Routine:
To see an immediate improvement to the skin, a five minute skincare routine should be established and carried out twice a day. Essential oils added to unperfumed creams or lotions can be useful for treating difficult skin conditions and to help with the added emotional difficulties of low self-confidence. With perseverance (and improved lifestyle habits), this routine has proved to be extremenly effective. Once the skin begins to improve, stress is reduced and a positive, rather than a negative cycle is created.
1. Cleanse the skin with a light, water-soluble cleansing milk. Make your own by blending 1 drop each of rosemary, lavender and geranium oils into 30 ml (2 tbsp) base lotion. Rinse off with cold water.
2. Make a gentle purifying mask by adding 2 drops each of cedarwood, juniper and lemon essential oils to 30 ml (2 tbsp) base cream. Apply to face and leave for ten minutes. Rinse off thoroughly with cold water.
3. Add 3 drops each of lemon and geranium oils to 50ml (2 fl oz) distilled water. Wipe over the face and neck as a tonic. Follow with a moisturizing lotion mixed with 2 drops of hazelnut oil.

Problem Skin:
The hormonal changes of puberty lead to increased production of sebum by the sebaceous glands in the skin. From the normal, peach-like skin of childhood, a young woman may find her skin (particularly on her face) changing in texture. The pores become enlarged and more open and the skin becomes oily - particularly on the forehead and in a "T-panel" leading down the nose and on the chin. These open pores are a breeding ground for bacteria, leading to spots, pimples and blackheads, which is why a regular and effective skin cleansing routine becomes so important. A spotty skin can become a problem if it develops into acne (Acne vulgaris). This is a medical condition and requires special care.

Teenage Acne:
Acne is caused when excessive amounts of sebum form a blockage at the skin's surface on the face, shoulders and back. Cysts, blackheads and red pustules develop, which can lead to pockmark scars. It is difficult to improve the skin once these scars appear. The rise in the incidence and severity of teenage acne seems to be connected with some aspects of today's modern culture. Insufficient fresh fruit and vegetables in the diet, chemical additives in food, and air pollution all cause a toxin overload which puts extra strain on the body. Takin good care of your skin and body will really help.

Tips For Healthy Skin:

  • Stick to a suitable daily skincare routine.
  • Exercise for half an hour three times a week.
  • Eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Drink 6-8 glasses of mineral water a day. Drinking plenty of mineral water can vastly improve your overall health and vitality.
  • The feet are prone to patches of dry, rough skin. Moisturising your feet on a regular basis will help to keep them smooth and soft.
  • Regular steam inhalations with juniper can help clear blocked pores or blackheads.
  • Stomach ache or period pains can be treated by applying a compress using basil, lavender and sweet marjoram. A piece of soft cotton or linen soaked in a water-oil mix makes a good compress.

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