Facial Skin Care for Teenage Boys

A guy's skin can be best friend or worst enemy. Many teens feel that they are especially plagued by skin problems such as acne, irritation, inflammation and peeling. However, Doctor Philina Lamb of the University of California Medical Group asserts that as many as 85 percent of teens suffer from acne. The key to treating skin breakouts is to take preventative measures with proper cleansing techniques. Remember to wash your face every evening and after exercising as sweat may lead to breakouts.

Wash your hands regularly with hot water and mild soap. Work the soap between your fingers and under the nails to avoid transferring dirt and bacteria to your face. Try to resist the temptation to touch your face, and take special care to avoid when your hands are dirty.

Splash your face with warm water until it is damp.

Squeeze a nickle-sized portion of mild soap or facial cleanser into the palm of your hand. Use a cream-based cleanser for dry skin or a cleanser that contains glycolic or salicylic acids to treat oily skin.

Use your fingertips to massage the cleanser into your skin with gentle, circular motions to work up a lather. Massage the cleanser over your entire face, up to the hairline, around the eyes and below the jawline.

Rinse the cleanser from your face with warm water and pat dry with with a clean, dry towel.

Squeeze a dime-sized portion of moisturizer onto the palm of your hands, rub your palms together and massage the product into your skin. Use an oil-free moisturizer if your skin tends to be oily. Use a moisturizer containing glycerin or dimethicone to treat dry skin.

Tips

Scrubbing your face can damage and irritate skin. Gently massage skin-care products into the skin and avoid using abrasive materials such as washcloths or sponges.

Washing your hair and bathing regularly can help prevent outbreaks of body and facial acne.

If your acne continues to be a problem, contact your doctor for alternate treatment.

Warnings

Do not attempt to pop pimples or puncture the skin, which can lead to infections and scarring.

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