We all know that the teenage years can be rough on your skin. New changes to the body can wreak havoc on your face in the form of blemishes, excess oil, and general skin type changes. Many of these changes are due to the rapidly developing and changing hormones that occur during puberty. As your body matures, it can be difficult to manage these skin-related side-effects, and many look to an esthetician for assistance.
Estheticians are trained to remedy a wide variety of skin problems, including pubescent skin. They can perform many services to aid the problematic affectation, as well as provide critical advice on lifestyle and routine choices that can help clients. Here are some helpful tips that you can be suggesting to your teenage clients!
The most common development, as previously stated, is excess oil. This most commonly accumulates around what is referred to as “the T-Zone.” The T-Zone is a term used to refer to the forehead, nose, and chin areas. If you experience persistent, excess oiliness, you are what’s called an oily skin type. These skin types usually experience increased severity of oil production during their teenage years. Individuals with this skin type also tend to be more acne-prone due to excess sebum production, but not necessarily always.
While it is very common to develop oiliness during puberty, this isn’t necessarily always the case. You may be a dry skin type, where you have little to no shininess and your skin might get a tight feeling or even some flaking.
If you’re oily only in your T-Zone, or the oil is concentrated in certain areas, but you feel dry in other areas such as the cheeks, you likely have what’s called combination skin.
No matter which of these skin types you or your client has, it’s important to curate a consistent routine. This is especially important for young people, as many of them have not yet dabbled in the world of skincare. When it comes to skincare, consistency is key. Having a steady routine not only establishes good skin habits, but it also can help you dodge irritation that can result from switching up your skincare routine too frequently.
There are vastly different routes you can pursue in terms of your routine depending on your skin type. Those with dry skin might want to try a gentle cleanser and toner with a richer cream for extra moisture. This type of individual will want to avoid skincare and cosmetic products that contain alcohol, as this can dry the skin out even more. Those with dry skin will also want to avoid over-washing their faces to discourage any additional dryness that can come from stripping their skin of the few natural oils it does have.
If you’re more of an oily skin type, you should still avoid excessively drying products, but you don’t have to be quite as careful. If you’re also struggling with acne, as many teens do, you can incorporate some acne-fighting ingredients into your skincare regimen. Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide are well-researched and dependable options to help abolish those pesky blemishes. While it may seem counter-intuitive, using a moisturizer is still crucial to even the oiliest of skin types. Not properly moisturizing can actually over-dry your skin and cause your skin to produce even more oil if it feels stripped, therefore increasing the grease factor exponentially.
For combination skin, you can combine parts of both oily and dry skin routines. It’s important to cleanse, tone, and moisturize as always, but you can always apply products intentionally to help balance everything out. Apply your moisturizer heavier towards the perimeters of your face and apply acne-fighting products exclusively to your T-Zone and other oily areas.
Facials can be especially helpful for teens, as they can be powerful acne-fighters. Usually, acne is its worst during puberty and therefore during your teenage years. An esthetician can determine what type of facial is best for your exact skin type. They can also perform routine extractions and microdermabrasions to help rid your pores of acne-causing sebum. At-home skincare routines are important, but regular trips to a qualified professional can make the biggest difference.
If you’re interested in helping people achieve their best skin, you might want to consider a career as an esthetician. Genesis Career College can help you get started!