Invigorating and refreshing, a teen facial promotes a clear, healthy, and glowing complexion. There are many salon facial treatments, over-the-counter facial products, and even natural home treatments that can benefit youthful skin.
Adolescent skin generally produces more sebum or oil than more mature skin due to hormone changes. Although the skin is usually well hydrated at this age, excessive oil can contribute to acne.
In addition to a good daily skin care routine, a teen facial can help to unclog blocked pores, reduce oil and diminish the appearance of pores and clear acne. The basic components of a facial include:
- Light cleansing preparation
- Facial steamer use that open the pores
- Deep cleansing
- Exfoliation to improve skin's texture
- Facial masks to draw out impurities
- Toning the skin
- Moisturizing to prevent oily renewal
Salon Facials for Teens
Many salons and spas offer teen facial packages and use products formulated for young skin. One of the benefits of getting a professional facial is that skilled estheticians can perform gentle extraction of blackheads.
Professionals can also offer skin care advice and recommend products formulated for your skin type. Acne extraction is not recommended for home facials, because it can damage the skin if it is not performed properly. Home facials, a good skin care routine, and a healthy diet, however, can also usually effectively treat and prevent blackheads.
Since the cost of a salon or professional facial treatment is high, teens may want to consider asking for spa gift certificates for birthdays or holidays.
Home Teen Facial Treatments
A more practical solution for many teens is to do at-home facial treatments. Different skin types need different types of cleansers, facial masks, and exfoliation, so it's important to first assess skin type. Basic skin types include oily skin, combination skin, dry skin, and sensitive skin.
A teen facial for oily skin should include cleansers formulated for oily or acne-prone skin, with an ingredient such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or tea tree oil. Masks for oily skin should be clay based rather than gel or cream based, and moisturizers should be oil free.
For combination skin, use mild cleansers or those formulated for combination skin. You can use lighter, oil-free moisturizers in the oily areas and a more hydrating moisturizer in the dry areas. Look for products containing alpha-hydroxy acids, as these help to normalize skin tone.
Teens who suffer from dry skin should opt for mild, moisturizing cleansers and hydrating masks for facials. Avoid toners containing alcohol, witch hazel, or other ingredients that will strip moisture from the skin.
Those with sensitive skin should use very mild products or those designed for sensitive skin use. Use exfoliating scrubs or cloths sparingly and gently, and no more than once a week (this is only necessary if the skin is dry). Use a soothing toner and a light, non-irritating moisturizer for facials.
Natural Facial Masks for Teen
Natural facial ingredients can create beautiful skin, and they're also a great money-saving alternative for teens. Many of the ingredients for home facial recipes are already in the cupboard, pantry, or refrigerator.
- Carrot Mask: For most skin types. Cook two carrots until able to be mashed with a fork. Spread evenly over face and allow to dry. Rinse with tepid water.
- Cucumber Mask: For most skin types. A small amount of mashed cucumber applied over the face will hydrate and refresh. Leave on face up to 20 minutes and rinse. Place a couple slices over the eyes for soothing eye treatment at the same time!
- Oatmeal Mask: For oily skin. Mix a couple tablespoons of cooked oatmeal with water, lemon, juice or milk to form a thick paste. Allow to harden and rinse dry.
- Avocado Mask: For normal to dry skin types. Apply about a quarter cup of mashed avocado to the face for 15 to 20 minutes to hydrate the skin. Wipe off with dry tissues or rinse.
- Egg Mask: For dry skin. A beaten egg or egg yolk hydrates dry skin. Apply and leave on for 15 minutes or until dried, then rinse. Other good masks for dry skin include sour cream, olive oil, and honey.
- Green Tea Mask: For sensitive skin. Steep two to four green tea bags in a small amount of water and saturate a cloth with the solution. Leave cloth on the face 15 to 20 minutes and rinse if desired.
- For sensitive skin, also try making a mask from mashed peach, banana, or yogurt.
Facials for Teens with Problem Skin
For teens with skin problems like acne scars or skin discolorations, a more intensive facial might be the answer. Although more invasive than standard facials, these treatments can significantly help improve skin appearance.
Photo Facials are given in a series of treatments, usually every three to four weeks for several months. A dermatologist administers a procedure in which light waves penetrate the skin to reduce the appearance of scars and discoloration. These can also be a form of rosacea treatment.
A microdermabrasion facial is a skin resurfacing technique that typically involves a device which applies hardened particles for heavy exfoliation. This treatment is often used for treating the signs of aging, but can also help teens with facial scarring. This type of facial requires repetition in order to receive its full effects, usually in a series of six to 10 treatments.
Although originally only available through a dermatologist, many salons and spas now offer microdermabrasion facial treatments. Many companies now also produce microdermabrasion products for home use. The skin is typically tender after treatments, and avoiding sun exposure after treatment is usually recommended.
A facial or chemical peel works by applying alpha hydroxyl or beta hydroxyl acids to the skin. At least six consecutive treatments are usually necessary. The intensity of the peel will vary on the severity of your skin problem.
Like microdermabrasion, peels are available by dermatologists, salons, and spas. At- home treatments, like Neutrogena's Advanced Solutions Acne Peel, are often preferred by teens because the cost is lower than professional treatments, but still produce effective results.
Having teenage acne isn't the end of the world, but it can feel like it. If your acne is accompanied by depression or low self-esteem consider talking to a counselor or your parents. Acne-related depression isn't uncommon, so it is important to take a proactive role in your skin's health.