There you were, being a kid, doing your thing, then things start to change. Body changes, hormone changes, and as a result, skin changes. A lot's going on for you. You can't control your skin type or how you skin is going to be from day to day but by keeping a regular skin care routine, your skin can stay relatively normal and breakouts to a minimum.
- Cleanse, Moisturize, and Treat Skin Daily
Being a kid was chill cause you took a bath or splashed some water on your face and were good to go. Now it's time to add on to that. First understand your skin type. Know if you have Normal, Oily, Dry, or Combination skin and what products are friendly to your type. Based on your skin type you will want to find an everyday cleanser, moisturizer (preferably with some SPF), and other topical treatments for your specific skin type. For example, if you have dry skin a richer moisturizer or cleanser are helpful whereas it will cause problems for oily skin. A once a month mask or exfoliating session can be helpful add in to the everyday.
- Eat Well
The whole “chocolate will give you pimples” lore isn’t true. However, it doesn’t hurt to limit the amount of dairy, fried foods, and processed sugars and move toward eating more vegetables, healthy fats, and water. Certain foods can impact your skin for better or worse and experimenting with eliminating certain types might give you a clue to which ones trigger your breakouts.
- Rest Well
This is simple in theory but challenging in real life. It’s easy to stay up studying or lose track of time going down an internet rabbit hole and then it’s late and you have to get up early. You’re in a growing phase so your body especially needs a solid eight hours. Mind, body, and skin all function better with adequate rest.
- See a Dermatologist
Trying to get a handle on changing skin concerns can be challenging alone and without expertise. You try different products and routines and your skin is still breaking out. Seeing a dermatologist and figuring out a solution to frustrating skin concerns can help. Oftentimes dermatologists are online and offer helpful products and advice on their youtube/Insta/websites. It can take time to either find one you like or a routine that works for you but it’s a good place to start.
- Give Yourself a Break