Skin Care Series: Teenage Years Part One

If you are a teenager, your sebaceous glands are probably running wild. My daughter will soon be 14 and started getting acne at 12. She doesn’t get any major breakouts, but she does get a lot of spots here and there, especially on her chin. I think that I have relatives with acne problems and she may have inherited it. It isn’t the end of the world, and it doesn’t seem to bother my kid, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting my kid to look her best. Plus, getting involved and creating her skin care routine is a fun bonding activity.

While she does have acne, she doesn’t seem to be oily or dry at all, so I suppose her complexion would be considered normal with acne.

I use Bioderma to clean her face, witch hazel for disinfecting, salicylic acid pads (once or twice a week depending on how her skin is), and generic Retin-A for her breakouts. I have not been keeping up with this routine lately because I wanted to give her skin a break to see what is and is not working. I think I will try washing her face, using witch hazel, and apply Retin-A and see what the does in a week and get back to you. I might add something to help her acne scaring as well.

Teen Acne: Prologue

(I am not going to ever show what my daughter’s acne looks like when it flares up because I don’t want her finding out later down the line that I posted pics of her with acne for everyone to see. You will only see her in makeup or whenever her skin clears.)

My daughter started getting pimples when she started her monthly cycle, and it seems to me that she has full on acne and not pimples here and there like I and her father had when we were her age.

That means I have to do some research and some trial and errors. So far I have been using witch hazel, retin A and benxyol peroxide on her, but I haven’t been putting anything on her lately because I wanted to see what her skin would be like if I did nothing at all to it.

She gets a lot of spots, but no cystic acne, which is a good sign. She does get acne scarring and is prone to white heads. I will be putting her back on her witch hazel and Retin A treatments (witch hazel morning and night, Retin A before bed) to see if that is really all I need to do or if I need more products to help her.

Skin Care For Asian Complexions

Apparently Korea has a choke-hold on skin care for Asian complexions. No matter what angle I try to do research with, Korean beauty products dominate my findings.

Asian complexions are more prone to hyperpigmentation and acne due to their skin being more oily than their Caucasian counterparts. As I said in my previous post about oil: oil moisturizes the skin and helps prevent wrinkles and fine lines. According to, Asian complexions only need a good cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and sunscreen. Overloading your skin with a lot of anti-acne products, serums, lotions, and potions will cause more harm than good. The best way to combat oily skin for this type of skin is a toner with salicylic acid. This helps fight bacteria and cleanses the pores of debris. You do not need to have every product you use contain salicylic acid. This could overload your skin and cause additional breakouts.

Sunscreen and laser treatments help with combating hyperpigmentation.

I would suggest adding anti-aging products that are best suited for oily skin. A gel moisturizer is ideal. Clinique has a very good gel moisturizer.

Here are some toners to try out:

My favorite toner is anything with witch hazel:


Skin Care Series: Face Masks

I started using face masks in high school. I am part Irish and rather pale, so I never went tanning (like a lot of Jersey girls do) and I continue to try to keep myself out of the sun as much as possible. It is a big reason why my skin now looks so good for my age (38).

I want to share with you my favorite face masks:

1). Neutrogena Clear Skin Cleanser/Mask: (It is sold in packs on amazon or you can usually find them at your local drug store/chemist for around $10)

I discovered this mask in high school and have been using it off and on for the last 20 years. It is an awesome mask to have on hand if you are a woman particularly, because the amount of benzoyl peroxide really helps with preventing hormonal acne (which I get to this day). This really helps me keep cystic acne at bay.

2). Anything by Freeman/Freeman Beauty

This is the best drug store/chemist skin care line that I have ever tried. Right now I am loving their Cosmic Peel Off Gold mask. It is really brightening because it contains grapefruit, and gets the sebum out of my pores (so do charcoal masks, but I don’t really like using them because I don’t really get blackheads badly enough, and they are too harsh on my skin). I use this as an exfoliant I follow this up with my witch hazel toner, hyaluronic acid and a moisturizer (I am going to be adding a new day moisturizer for the days I don’t want to wear my tinted moisturizer, but that’s a blog for another time). I will also be trying Freeman Beauty’s Infusion Pomegranate peel-off mask once I am out of the Cosmic Peel Off Gold mask.

3). Biotique Bio Pistachio face pack: I always put this on after I do my peel-off mask. I use this more often in the winter. It has a lot of natural oils in it and is the only mask that deeply moisturizes and isn’t so heavy that it causes breakouts.

4). Bio Republic Sheet Masks

I do not have a diverse knowledge of sheet masks at all, but this is the first company that really blew me away. Their masks (especially their cucumber mask) are so cooling and refreshing. I buy them during the summer when it is really hot because sitting in an air conditioned room with their cucumber mask on my face is just everything to me. They have a great range and the sheets are drenched in serum, so you can utilize it for other things, like a quick face massage. I massage my neck, chest, and hands with the leftover serum. You don’t have to wash your face afterwards because the serums they put in their masks evaporate on their own. This is perfect for when you are feeling your skin looks sallow in the winter or too flushed in the summer. It is definitely a brand I cannot live without.

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