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The Best Ingredients for Teen Skincare: What to Look For

The Best Ingredients for Teen Skincare: What to Look For

Your teenage years are filled with lots of change. As you learn to navigate this new chapter of your life, it’s equally as important to establish healthy skin care habits. Many of the changes you go through as a teenager are a direct result of hormonal changes which lead to oily skin, sensitivities, and even pimples. Following an effective skincare routine just for teenage skin can help you combat your most pressing skin concerns so you have one less thing to worry about.


If we could pinpoint the one thing that will make a huge difference in your skincare routine, it’s the products. That’s why we are breaking down the best ingredients to use so you can finally achieve the skin you want. 


1. Salicylic Acid

Look for skincare products that contain salicylic acid, like Zit Ain't Cute, when choosing a product for pimples and breakouts. One of the most effective ingredients for teen skincare is salicylic acid. This beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) penetrates deep into the pores to exfoliate your skin while preventing the formation of pesky pimples. Salicylic acid also helps to reduce inflammation and redness associated with breakouts, making it a go-to ingredient for battling pimples. When choosing a product with salicylic acid, opt for concentrations between 0.25% and 2% for effective results without causing excessive dryness.


2. Hyaluronic Acid

Teens often struggle to find the right balance between keeping their skin hydrated and addressing acne. Hyaluronic acid is an excellent ingredient to maintain moisture without clogging your pores. It works by attracting and retaining water, keeping your skin hydrated and plump. By maintaining proper hydration, hyaluronic acid helps balance the skin and reduce the risk of excessive oil production.


3. Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) 


Niacinamide, or B3, is a versatile ingredient with multiple benefits for teenage skin. It helps regulate oil production, making it a good ingredient choice for if you have oily or combination skin. Additionally, niacinamide has anti-inflammatory properties, making it helpful in reducing redness and soothing irritated skin. Incorporating niacinamide into your skincare routine can contribute to a more even skin tone and texture. 


4. Silver 

Colloidal silver is one of our absolute favorite skincare ingredients, even though it's a little under the radar. Silver is gentle on the skin, plays well with other ingredients, and keeps skin calm. It works wonders for preventing pimples without causing redness, dry skin, or other unsightly issues. 


5. Green Tea Extract

Green tea extract is another great skincare ingredient to look for. It’s known for its antioxidant properties making green tea extract an excellent addition to teen skincare routines. It helps protect the skin from environmental damage and soothes inflammation. Green tea extract also has anti-bacterial properties, making it beneficial for acne-prone skin.


6. Sunscreen

While not technically an ingredient, sunscreen is a non-negotiable in any skincare routine, especially for teens. Protecting your skin from harmful UV rays is important to prevent premature aging and reduce the risk of skin cancer. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and make it a daily habit to apply it before going outside. You can also find SPF in moisturizers, BB creams, and other products that you put on your skin anyway.


Establishing a simple yet effective skincare routine as a teenager lays the foundation for a lifetime of healthy skin. By incorporating these key ingredients into your skincare regimen, you can address common concerns such as pimples, oiliness, and uneven skin tone. It’s so important to stay consistent with your skincare routine and to be patient as skincare results take time. Remember, the best skincare routine is not about never missing a day, but instead learning to love taking care of your skin. 

Check out our cleanser and spot treatment if you want simple and clean products made just for teen skin!

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