As a teen, I knew nothing about teenage skincare or how to care for my facial skin.

If I could go back in time and talk to my younger teen self, this is what I would teach her about basic skincare.

As a teen, you go through puberty, which means you’ll probably notice changes to your skin. Whether you're experiencing an increase of breakouts or notice that your skin has become more dry, learning how to properly care for your skin is vital to maintaining a youthful complexion later in life!

Teenage skincare is a great habit to get into and can help you build a great foundation that you can carry into adulthood. Here’s what you need to know about caring for your skin as a teen!

Use a gentle cleanser

As a teen, your skin is still developing and is therefore pretty sensitive. Thanks to puberty and ever-changing hormones, you may experience acne, oily skin, or maybe even dry skin. That’s why it’s important to choose a gentle cleanser that will wash away bacteria and dirt without irritating or drying out the facial skin. Be sure to find the right cleanser for your specific skin type!

Moisturize (this includes SPF)

Even though you’re young and full of natural collagen, you should still moisturize your skin. Not only does it feel amazing, but it’s also imperative to add that hydration back to your face after washing it. Make sure you have a morning and night facial lotion. For the morning, opt to buy a lotion with some SPF to protect from the sun. For nighttime, opt for a thicker, more hydrating cream.

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Treat pimples accordingly

Pimples sucks, there’s no doubt about it! As a teen, you must treat your pimples accordingly. Don’t pop or touch them (obviously), but rather apply a spot treatment — preferably with a product containing a retinoid, benzoyl peroxide, or salicylic acid.

Avoid touching your face

Please don’t touch your face! READ THAT AGAIN! Your hands have bacteria and natural oils that can cause acne if you touch your face. It’s way easier to avoid face-hand contact than it is to treat acne breakouts after-the-fact!

Discover your skin type

Even though your skin is still going through changes due to puberty, it’s best to discover your skin type to better purchase products for your skin. Do you have oily or acne-prone skin? Dry skin or eczema? Or maybe you have combination skin? The sooner you know, the better!

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