Face Moisturizers for Teens
Of all the skin care products on the market, cleansers and face moisturizers for teens are some of the most numerous—and popular. Teens may not be aware of it, but they're one of the biggest and most profitable audience a company could hope to have. As a result, products promising perfect skin to teenagers are a dime (or more) a dozen.
While adults also battle acne and other skin conditions, teens have it particularly rough. Not only do young people have to deal with academic life and school social politics, but the hormonal changes wrought by puberty can wreak havoc on teen skin. While boys get get acne from the chemicals released by excessive hormones, young girls can get what is called 'premanstrual acne' from a rush of hormones unleashed before their periods start. If you're wondering whether or not you'll get teen acne, ask your parents: if you've got parents who have had or have acne, chances are you will, too, so a good skincare regime is vital to helping control breakouts.
Types of Teen Face Moisturizers
There are a variety of options available for treating teen acne. While many people rush to get an acne-busting cleanser, it's important to also look out for good face moisturizers for teens, too. Skincare, especially for teens, is all about maintaining a balance. Face moisturizers give your cleanser or exfoliant an extra boost, ensuring that your sebaceous glands—the parts of your skin that produce oil—aren't thrown into extremes of dryness or greasiness.
Face moisturizers contain many of the same ingredients as cleansers, such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Teen moisturizers are almost always water-based, which means the humectants (the ingredients that hydrate your skin) are dissolved in water, making them less greasy and reducing the chances of breakouts significantly.
The ideal face moisturizer for teens should always be relatively thin rather than thick or greasy, and absorb into the skin quickly without leaving any shine. Some common and helpful ingredients include tea trea oil, a natural antibacterial agent and oil-controller; salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, chemicals that dries out acne and oily T-zones while maintaining moisture balance; and lavender, which soothes irritated and inflamed skin, calming down redness. These are just a few of the common and effective ingredients in teen moisturizers. The main thing to keep in mind, however, is that you must get a non-comodogenic, hypo-allergenic, oil-free moisturizer—all of these terms essentially mean that the moisturizer won't block your pores or cause breakouts.
While we often think of teen skin, particularly the acne-prone kind, as being extra oily, cleansers can be drying and old pimples can often be flaky and scaly. A face moisturizer delivers hydration to these areas while balancing out the T-zone. This might sound counterintuitive, but here's how it works: oily skin is skin that thinks it's dry, so it makes up for it by producing extra oil. Too much oil can mix with dead skin cells which are shed often as a routine part of your skin's lifecycle. This creates a gloopy “plug” around your hair follicles and pores which can become trapped and infected by bacteria—hence acne. A moisturizer tells your skin, “Look! It's okay! You're getting hydration so you can calm down now!”