Black teen girl cleansing her face with a gentle face cleanser as part of her daily skin care routine.

The teen years are an essential time for nailing your skincare habits because they’ll stick with you through the rest of your life. To help you get started with creating and sticking to your skincare plan, here are a few essential tips approved by a dermatology professional.

 

Wash Your Face Two Times a Day

Washing your face twice a day is a delicate topic! Especially, when it comes to teen acne. 

We’ve been so oversold on cleansing the skin that many people over-cleanse with washes, scrubs, toners, etc. This leaves their skin dry, parched and irritated. Then we overcorrect by limiting our washing and adding too much moisturizer.

So the point of this is to say, YES, you need to wash your skin twice a day with a basic over-the-counter cleanser that suits your skin type! But anything beyond a cleanser, like scrubs or witch hazel, is probably unnecessary. And remember, a cleanser is only touching your skin for 15-20 seconds twice a day. So, it’s not going to cure any skin condition or dramatically worsen it.

Washing your face twice a day also removes more than just makeup and oil. Washing also removes airborne contact pollutants and allergens that build up on the skin. Leaving these chemicals on the skin can cause itching, rashes, and other skin texture changes.

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