Looking Their Best

Skincare for Teens

We sat down with Dr. Holly Hanson and Barbara Canter Peterson of Associated Skin Care Specialists to answer some questions about how your teen can get their skin ready for back to school.

With the start of school looming, what’s the #1 thing teens can do to get their skin in top shape?

The #1 thing teens can do to get their skin in top shape is to follow a strict daily skin care regimen. It is important that teens see a dermatologist or aesthetician regularly to get a customized skin care regimen and address any skin concerns.

What causes breakouts and how can a teen stop or prevent them?

Acne is caused by a combination of many factors including genetics, hormones, oil production, medications, diet, and stress. Minor causes of acne breakouts include dirt, makeup, and sweat. Teens can help prevent acne breakouts by adhering to a dermatologist prescribed daily skin care cleansing regimen, washing pillowcases weekly and avoiding touching or picking at the skin.

What is a good daily routine for a teen to follow?

A teen struggling with acne should cleanse their skin twice daily utilizing a Clarisonic or similar rotating brush on the gentle setting. Those with sensitive skin should use a gentle cleanser such as Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser. Those with oily skin should use a benzoyl peroxide containing wash followed by acne treatment pads such as ASCS Glycolic Acid Pads. Use a daily moisturizer with sunscreen such as ELTA MD UV Clear which is specifically formulated for acne prone skin.

Are there over the counter products that work for acne or scarring?

Active acne is best treated with products containing retinol, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, witch hazel, alpha hydroxyl acids, and sulfur based products. Many over the counter acne products can be drying and irritating to the skin so caution should be utilized when starting a new acne regimen. Please follow your dermatologist’s recommendations and avoid using over the counter skin bleaching products. Acne scarring can be minimized using products containing silicones or moisturizers such as Skin Ceuticals Hydrating B5 gel to nourish the skin. To reduce red marks left behind from acne, SkinMedica TNS Recovery Complex can be used daily.

Call Associated Skin Care Specialists at 
952-934-7336 for more information or to make an appointment.