Acne, blackheads, and oily skin are some of the top skin concerns of teenagers. This is due to hormonal surges, which lead to enlargement of oil glands, and can result in blackheads and large pores. Read on for some tips to keep your skin looking healthy.

Each person is a unique individual. Although all teenagers go through puberty, everyone’s skin looks and feels different. Fortunately, the right personalized skincare can keep your skin looking clear and blemish free.

Cleanse thoroughly: A foaming or gel cleanser used every evening is best for combination and oily skin. If your skin gets oily throughout the day you may need to cleanse it in the morning as well. Teens who wear makeup should always remove eye makeup first and then cleanse the skin. You can also use facial tissues to blot your face throughout the day in order to eliminate shine. For those with dry skin, a milky or creamy cleanser and non-comedogenic moisturizer is recommended.

Always wash makeup before bed: It’s not a good idea for anyone with oily or combination skin to sleep with makeup. If you are simply exhausted, pull your hair back and at least wash it with a premoistened cleansing wipe to remove makeup and debris. This should not become a daily routine, as it does not replace your usual cleansing routine. Sleeping with makeup on a regular basis will cause breakouts, plus you can develop a bumpy rash.

Oil control: To control oil without being harsh to your skin, try the following:

  1. Choose a salicylic acid cleanser. 2. Use an oil-free primer under makeup. 3. Blot oil throughout the day with tissues or blotting paper.

Exfoliate: To remove a buildup of dead skin cells that can clog your pores, exfoliate twice weekly with a mild mask or scrub. Don’t scrub harshly, or your pimples may worsen. Also, do not exfoliate more often, as your skin will backfire.

Use the right acne products: If you break out, wash your skin thoroughly, use a toner for combination or oily skin, and spot-apply an acne gel that contains benzoyl peroxide.

Don’t share makeup: In order to avoid additional bacteria, use your own products. Sharing makeup with others may make you prone to additional blemishes.

Cleanliness counts: Always wash your hands prior to washing your face and applying makeup. This will avoid transferring germs and bacteria to your face. Cleanse your phone periodically with an anti-bacterial wipe and change your pillowcase frequently to keep bacteria from multiplying as well.

See a dermatologist when needed: If you have red, pus-filled pimples or painful lumps under your skin, see a dermatologist since you may require prescription medication to help clear the skin faster and more effectively.

Teenage years should be fun filled. Learning how to take care of your skin properly will help clear your complexion and bring a smile back to your face.

Risselle Naimark is a Professional Freelance Makeup Artist and Skincare Consultant. She carries an extensive line of personalized skincare, cosmetics, and anti-aging products. Risselle is also available for weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, makeup lessons, and all of your beauty needs. She can be reached at 718 263-5517.