Teenage Skin Care

Shahnaz Husain
We are all born with good skin. A baby’s skin is soft, smooth and free from blemishes and problems. As we grow older, the skin is influenced by many factors. It is affected by our diets, habits and lifestyle, as well as exposure to the elements. The body also goes through many changes during the various phases of growth, development and maturity. Hormonal changes and imbalances during these times also influence the skin.
Teenage is a time when there is much hormonal activity, which affects the glands. The oil glands are also stimulated, leading to increased secretion of oil. That is why teenagers are confronted with an oily skin and conditions associated with it. An oily skin is prone to blackheads, spots, pimples and acne. In fact, acne makes its appearance during adolescence and is the most common skin disorder among teenagers. All these problems get further aggravated in summer.
It is a misconception that acne is something teenagers must live with.  As a teenager, you may be told that you will “grow out of it”.  Yes, acne may disappear with time, but it leaves scars that remain. Therefore, it is imperative that the condition be checked from spreading. Acne can be controlled and even prevented if appropriate measures are taken on time.  So, as a teenager, learn to understand your skin and give it the kind of care that it needs. You should also recognize the value of professional care and seek help in good time.
“Cleansing” is the keyword for an oily skin. Daily cleansing and skin care, with appropriate products, is the only way of preventing acne and other oily-skin conditions. Oily skins tend to attract more dirt. The pores must be kept free of hardened oil and the oiliness of the skin surface must also be reduced. Therefore, you need a medicated cleanser, like Shazema, or Shahnaz Tulsi-Neem face wash, that are specially formulated for acne prone and oily skins. Use plenty of water to wash off all traces of the cleanser.
In order to deep cleanse the skin, a scrub or cleansing grains should be rubbed gently on the skin. This helps to keeps the pores free of oil. Blackheads are also dislodged and discouraged from forming. However, scrubs should not be applied on pimples, acne or rash.
Frequent washing with soap and water is not advocated.  Do not wash your face with soap more than two or three times a day. Too much soap and water washing disrupts the acid-alkaline balance of the skin, leaving it predisposed to bacterial attack. After cleansing, wipe the face with an astringent- toner, using cotton wool. A rose-based skin tonic would help.
Avoid the use of oily cleansing and nourishing creams. If the outer layer feels taut, as in winter, use a light liquid moisturizer. If pimples and acne make an appearance, never hesitate to seek professional help. For such problems, medicated lotions, ointments and face packs are available and can be added to the daily skin care routine.  Make sure that your hair and scalp are kept scrupulously clean. Dandruff and other conditions can lead to pimples and acne.
We recommend clinical treatment for acne, with cleansing and extraction of blackheads. We also provide treatments to create a germicidal environment on the skin. Cold compress is given and the skin is toned. Medicated masks and protective creams are used to soothe the skin and cure the eruptions. In fact, we have become known for our highly specialized therapeutic products for controlling acne and minimizing marks. Veg Peel treatments are recommended for the pits (tiny holes) in the skin, left by acne.
Diet plays an important role. Too many sweets, chocolates, cola drinks, fried foods and snacks can have a detrimental effect. Lack of fibre in the diet can lead to a congested system and congested skin, which in turn can lead to eruptive skin conditions. Include fruits, raw salads and sprouts in your daily diet. Drink plenty of water and take fresh fruit juices. Add the juice of a lemon to a glass of warm water and have it first thing in the morning. Take some daily exercise.


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