Teen Skin

Wendy Lewis

by Wendy Lewis | August 17, 2010 @ 09:00AM

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OUT, OUT DAMNED SPOTS - Wendy Lewis has straight talk for cool teens on looking totally awesome.

Trend setting teens are obsessed with clear skin, hard bodies, fashion waves, and anything else that's hip, hot, and happening. Spots may seem like a rite of passage, but embarrassing complexion woes don't have to ruin your high school years. And you're not alone. 85% of teens get acne, making it the most common skin problem in America, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Give your skin a little attitude adjustment and your blemish troubles can be history.

If you're active and enjoy sports, perspiration and activity may be causing excessive shine. The trend in the acne care market is kinder, gentler topicals that women can tolerate with less irritation and wear comfortably under makeup. More elegant formulas will encourage you to stick with a daily oil-controlling skin care program.

  • Top reasons for oily skin dilemmas:
  • Raging hormones
  • Working out and sweating
  • Using the wrong products
  • Applying too much of a product
  • Stress

First, forget about what you been hearing for ions. Drinking lots of water won't do the trick, nor will avoiding chips, pizza, or chocolate. Sunning and tanning beds may temporarily dry up your spots, but they'll flare up again as the skin begins to shed dead cells caused by rays. Also you can't scrub spots away. Cleansing overload can aggravate pimples and slow healing. The tendency in women with oily skin is to overcleanse and overexfoliate to wage war on every last drop of oil in the skin, which can sometimes trigger oiliness instead as oil glands overcompensate. According to acne guru Professor Nicholas Lowe, M.D., "If you aren't washing thoroughly enough, dirt can clog pores and cause spots. But if you are constantly stripping away essential oils, which your skin isn't capable of replacing, you will dry out the surface layer and make your skin less able to hold its own moisture."

Over-the-counter products, the kind you get at the local discount or drugstore, offer temporary relief, but they won't seriously clear up pimples and cysts or prevent new ones from sprouting up. If your acne is out of control, it's time to see a Dermatologist or skin specialist. Avoiding treatment can make it worse and increase your chance of scarring. Don't wait it out. You can kick your pimple habit with prescription medications (pills and topicals that you apply to the skin), and the earlier you begin, the better.


  • Antibiotics
  • Benzoyl Peroxide
  • RETIN-A® (tretinoin)
  • Accutane (Isotretinoin)

Tretinoin, a vitamin A acid that comes in cream, gel, and liquid form, has been used to treat acne for nearly 30 years. RETIN-A gets beneath the surface of your skin to attack the cause of spots – the oil plug. Be prepared to stay on it for a long while past university to keep zits zapped. If you're determined to go herbal, some natural plant extracts and enzymes can help soothe swelling, exfoliate, and mattify the parts of your face with the most oil glands, like around the nose, chin, and forehead. The best are Zinc, Sage, Ivy, Juniper, Lavender, Peppermint, Calendula, Yarrow, Winterbloom, Tea Tree Oil, and Clay, a natural oil-absorber.

The best things you can do for oily skin are to keep your skin clean and early intervention. Choose products specially designed for oily skin types that are 'non-comedogenic,' meaning that the ingredients do not cause pimples so they won't clog pores. Whatever you do, declare a moratorium on any product that feels creamy, heavy, or isn't oil-free. Gels or lighter lotions are better suited for oily skin. Applying too much moisturizer or the wrong type of formula can give your face a shiny look and may clog pores.

The most common skin type of all is combination skin, seen in over 40% of women. The central area of the face (T-zone) contains more oil glands that the rest of the face. Your cheeks may be dry or normal, but you can still be prone to occasional blemishes and oily buildup. You may not appreciate it now, but the good news is that oily skin does have its advantages. It tends to develop lines and wrinkles at a slower rate and later age, so your oily skin may actually be keeping your skin looking younger for longer when it counts.

For more information on this topic and Wendy Lewis Beauty go to http://www.wlbeauty.com

This article provided by www.healthnewsdigest.com

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