How to Protect Facial Skin from Acne and Black Heads for Teenagers

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    Whether you need to target a trouble zone or whether you have regular breakouts, you don’t need to live with acne. One or more of the following methods can help combat blemishes and improve the texture and appearance of your skin.

    How to Protect Facial Skin from Acne and Blackheads for Teenagers

    Keep your Face Clean

    Even if you only experience occasional outbreaks or blemishes, keeping your face clean can help remove dead skin cells, impurities and excess oil on your skin’s surface. Wash your face two times each day with a cleanser designed for your type of skin. If you have sensitive skin, choose a cleanser designed to be non-irritating.

    Do not use the same soap on your face that you use on your body. These deodorant-type body soaps may be too harsh and drying for your face and will likely cause irritation. For best results, rinse away cleanser and dry your skin before applying any other product.

    Stay Hydrated

    The old adage is true: You should drink eight full glasses of water a day to stay healthy. Drinking water and staying hydrated keeps your skin free of toxins and doesn’t allow it to become overly dry or easily irritated. 

    Try a Blackhead Remover

    To target individual trouble zones, try a blackhead remover. These are available in tool form or as a spot treatment and can target specific locations. You’ll be able to gently lift and remove the blackhead without treating your entire face. This tool is economical and can be cleaned and reused. Don’t try to remove the blackhead with your fingers or tweezers—this can irritate your skin and even spread the bacteria that causes acne.

    Cut Back on Makeup

    While makeup can cover spots and blemishes, it can also irritate your skin. If makeup is causing your breakouts, choose a product designed for sensitive skin or opt for a tinted moisturizer instead. If you are using makeup that is more than a few months old, toss it out and buy new products. The problem is that bacteria is easily transferred from your hands to the makeup, and this can increase your risk of breakouts.

    Try a Blackhead Peel-Off Face Mask

    If you want a product designed to target large areas and peel away all your blackheads at once, a peel-off mask can brighten your complexion, close your pores, and eliminate blackheads. The gross-out factor of looking at the mask as it pulls away is pretty fun, too. This type of product is best used if you have blackheads, not acne, and it can be used on the forehead and nose or even on the entire face.

    Avoid the Sun

    While a sunscreen can help protect your skin, it can also cause more breakouts. Avoid spending too much time in the sun, particularly if you are using a prescription product for acne. Some medications make you more prone to sun damage and irritation when you spend too much time outdoors. If you do venture outside, use a sunscreen with natural ingredients and without a lot of oil. Ideally the formula you use should be for sensitive skin.

    Use Vitamin C Serum

    Vitamin C can ward off colds, and it is surprisingly good for your skin. Vitamin C targets free radicals, nasty substances that mess with the pH of your skin and leave you susceptible to the bacteria that causes acne. Vitamin C serum can help balance your skin and prevent outbreaks. If you have tried other methods without success, vitamin C serum might help. For best results, apply it two times a day after cleansing your skin.

    Change Your Hair Products

    Products that are packed with oil could help your hair and scalp, but if they are getting on your face, arms, or back, they could mess up the pH balance of your skin and thus cause breakouts. If you use oil, pomades or gel in your hair, and if you then see breakouts along your hairline or on your back or shoulders, your hair products could be to blame. Change things up, and see if you notice a difference when you do not use products or oils in your hair.

    Try Acne Serum

    Choose a skin care acne serum that is natural and that is designed to target trouble zones and prevent outbreaks. Most acne products made from natural ingredients contain essential oils, such as rosemary, lavender and tea tree, to combat bacteria and moisturize your skin. If you have tried conventional treatments that haven’t worked, or if you are afraid to put chemicals on your skin, an essential oil based acne serum could be the answer.

    Cut the Junk Food

    Some foods can trigger outbreaks. Many people experience an increase in acne or blackheads after eating chocolate, foods with too many preservatives, or greasy foods like pizza. Not everybody has breakouts after eating certain foods, but if you do, eliminating those items from your diet can improve your skin.

    Use a Konjac Sponge

    A konjac sponge can help naturally exfoliate and invigorate your skin without stripping the skin of its natural oils or messing up the pH balance of your skin. Incorporate one of these soothing sponges into your routine if you are struggling with blackheads or acne. They can naturally help improve the texture and tone of your skin. Also, they clean without causing irritation.

    Moisturize

    Adding oil to skin that is already oily seems counterproductive, but acne-fighting products can be drying. Using a light moisturizer designed for sensitive skin can nourish without irritating and can form a barrier between your skin and the bacteria that causes breakouts.

    Every person is unique, but chances are one or more of the techniques above will help clear up your skin and be a valuable weapon in the fight against acne and blemishes.