Teenagers are still growing, so active aging is just not happening. But changes during these years can affect how the skin behaves in the years ahead. Teenage skin is inherently firm and healthy and its a shame that it can be plagued by excess oil and break-outs.
For beautiful skin in the teenage years there are are two key words to remember– oil and free. To avoid enlarged pores and scarring that can become a permanent part of the beauty landscape, select oil-free products. This means oil free soaps and cleaners, oil- free moisturizers and acne fighters, and perhaps most importantly, oil-free sunscreens.
Excess sun exposure before age 20 can led to premature aging. For example, dermatologists in Arizona and Texas report seeing crows feet around the eyes in girls as young as 15– the result of squinting in constant bright sunlight. Best protection? Just wear shades– the bigger the better. Oversize sunglasses will protect your whole eye area, but even little granny shades will prevent squinting. Early unprotected sun exposure also causes freckles, broken blood vessels and even saggy breasts and knees. Who knew?
Interestingly several anti-aging strategies are also helpful for teenage skin. Retin A, the foundation of skin rejuventation, is a turbo-powered treatment for oily/acne troubled skin. It shuts down oil gands to stop breakouts at the source. I have often wondered if using Retin A for teenage acne will prevent skin aging. Wouldn’t that be an interesting study?
Teenage skin also benefits from monthly glycolic peels– another well established anti-aging tool. These peels will clean -out clogged pores and encourage healthy skin growth. They are available from dermatologists as well as in milder yet still effective home versions.
Tomorrow: How these guidelines translate to daily anti-aging skin care during the teenage years.