Is Teenage skin care safe?

Teenage skin care

The trend of young girls using expensive skincare products has skyrocketed, with hashtag teenage skin care (#teenageskincare) hitting over 26.4 million views on TikTok. The trouble is many of these products are not suitable for teenage skin.

Here we’ll explore the risks teenagers face when using the wrong skincare products, as well as products that are designed with younger skin in mind. You’ll also discover some expert tips on how to safely take care of adolescent skin.

The dangers of using unsuitable products on teenage skin

Choosing the wrong skincare products can negatively affect the skin, especially during the teenage years when hormonal changes demand a tailored approach to skincare. Products that aren’t developed for teenage skin can worsen acne, can irritate the skin, and can even cause lasting skin damage. Skincare should be gentle and effective, with safe ingredients for preserving hydration, protecting against harmful sun damage while not clogging pores.

The lasting impact of using the wrong skincare products during the teenage years can be significant. Ongoing skin problems may not only cause scarring, but also negatively affect self-esteem and mental health.

Teenage skin, which is still maturing, is more vulnerable than adult skin. This means it allows harmful chemicals to penetrate more easily and possibly damage the deeper layers of the skin.

Therefore, products with strong acids, alcohols, or retinoids, typically used for adult skin issues, may be too harsh for teenage skin. This can result in dryness, peeling, and increased sensitivity.

Some acne treatments found to have harmful chemicals

Even products that are aimed at teenagers can be potentially harmful. Well-known acne solutions from brands like Clearasil and Clinique, have come under scrutiny for containing concerning levels of benzene, a human carcinogen. Treatments that use benzoyl peroxide, a frequent ingredient in prescription as well as over-the-counter acne remedies, often contain benzene. The FDA limit is 2 parts per million, but the breakdown of benzoyl peroxide into benzene can be made worse by the products being stored in warm environments.

When choosing skincare products for treating acne, it’s helpful to seek guidance from a dermatologist, who can ensure that they are safe, suitable and effective for the specific skincare needs.

Ensuring the safety of skincare products becomes even more crucial when considering the sensitive nature of teenage skin.

How to safely take care of teenage skin

A good skincare routine for teenagers includes gentle cleansing and using a lightweight, oil-free formula moisturiser that is not greasy or silicone-rich. Look for the word ‘non-comedogenic’ which means that the product will not block pores and cause break-outs. Using sunscreen to protect against sun damage in the warmer months is a great habit to get into, and there are many sunscreens that are designed for oily skin and will not make acne worse.

If possible, avoid products aimed at older skin with harsh chemicals like toners, chemical peels, face oils, physical exfoliators or anti-aging serums. Also, eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water can also protect the skin from the inside.

For personalised advice and treatment plans, consulting a dermatologist like Dr Juliet Williams can make a big difference. She can carry out a comprehensive assessment of the skin, offer tailored advice, and create a safe and effective skincare plan for you to follow with individualised products suitable for your specific needs. Schedule an appointment today to learn more.