I remember this stage in my life well, I had skin that produced more oil than a water fountain, and severe acne. It really affected my self esteem. Seeing people with smooth skin and wishing that my skin would just behave for once! I didn’t know what to use for my skin, and just used cocoa butter or Vaseline to cream my face….yup I was that clueless! Now things have changed and more information is out there, people are more open in their skin struggles.
However, one thing I have noticed is that we can neglect our skin, forgetting that the skin is the body’s largest organ and we need to take care of it. A lot of my bad skincare habits started when I was growing up and it took me a while to re-programme the way I thought of my skin.
Puberty is a GREAT time *can you sense my sarcasm*, not only are hormones raging through your body, your skin is also changing. Here are some tips to help you and your skin to get through these tough times!
Puberty results in an increased production of sebum (oil by your glands), leading to blocked pores and spots. It is important to keep your skin clean to prevent spots and to help with your skin texture. Cleanse skin regularly, both morning and night. Ladies, take off your makeup at night, do not sleep with it on. I know it is the last thing you think about when you are tired, but get into the habit of taking it off, your skin needs to breathe honey!
Find products that suit your skin type. You have various different affordable skin care products to try depending on your skin type. Speak to people. Do some research. Please don’t be afraid to spend a little bit of money for skin care. Ladies, if you have no problem dropping £32 on foundation but are struggling to spend £10 on a good moisturiser, then we need to go back to the drawing board!
Avoid touching your face, please do not pick spots. I know how it feels when you see a whitehead or a zit and there is that uncontrollable urge to ‘pop’ it, even if it is not on your face! Try not to because it can lead to scars. If you must pop it, wash your hands thoroughly before and after to prevent bacteria getting into your pores. For severe/cystic acne, don’t feel shy or afraid to see a doctor about it. There are prescribed treatments out there that can help combat severe acne.
Drink water and eat healthy. You probably hear this alot, and you might ignore it, but trust me eating healthy and drinking water goes a long way in helping with your skin. If you are not used to eating healthy or drinking water, start small. You may not drink 5 glasses of water a day, but try starting with 2 glasses a day. Same with fruit and veg, try starting with 2 pieces or servings of fruit and veg, and just build up from that. Your mind, your body, your skin will love you for making the effort. You will start to feel and look more energised and have more energy.
Puberty is an annoyingly essential time in our lives, we all have to go through it at some point! Just realise that you are not alone. There are ‘oldies’ such as myself who have been through this and are willing to help.
What skincare tips do you have for people going through puberty? What things worked for you?