How to Get Clear Skin: For Teenage Boys

Teenagers are very susceptible to acne, many struggle with maintaining clear skin. The guide below is applicable to both those who have clear skin as well as those who are suffering from acne. Acne is the most common skin trouble among teenagers, and can be treated fairly easily. 

This guide will walk through how to take care of your skin and prevent scars, acne, and other skin disorders. Some skin problems require that you seek a professional dermatologist, but there are basics that you can apply yourself at home.

The Importance of Skin Care

As we all know, prevention is better than struggling with skin problems later. Preventing problems such as acne scars and fast aging facial skin requires taking proper care of your skin. Even though you may already have these problems, they can be fixed before they do too much damage. 

Bad hygiene habits

Many teenage boys practice behaviors that impact their skin negatively. Keeping your skin clean by showering, wearing clean clothes and most importantly using a clean pillowcase that doesn't trap oil are essential to having clear skin. Getting rid of dirt is one of the first things that helps prevent skin issues. 

Here are some of the most effective ways of getting clear skin for teenage boys;

Washing

Keeping clean is necessary to a good hygiene and clear skin. Bathe frequently and wash your clothes and beddings as well. Clothing and bedding, especially pillowcases, trap oil and dirt and transfer them to the skin when used. This causes irritation and flare ups of acne due to dirt being trapped in skin pores and excess oil on the skin.

Exfoliation

Exfoliation does away with dead skin cells that make your skin look dull. It reduces your chances of being affected by acne because it deep cleans your pores. When choosing an exfoliant, it is best to look for one that has particles to help scrub out your skin such as jojoba beads, activated charcoal, finely ground bamboo or walnut powders. You can also use a rotating face brush to help clean even deeper. Exfoliation is an intense process and should be done no more than 2 - 3 times weekly.

Moisturize your skin

Moisturizing your skin is necessary and requires using the proper moisturizers for your skin. This should be done twice a day after washing your face and especially after exfoliation. Moisturizers keep your skin hydrated and is essential in preventing dryness that can cause scarring and hyperpigmentation. Be sure to use a moisturizer that is alcohol-free, alcohol-based moisturizers can dry out your skin. 

Use a cleanser instead of bar soap

Washing the skin with bar soap is a little harsh for the skin since many bar soaps contain surfactants - chemicals that are found in detergents and are known to be harsh on skin. Instead, use a gel based cleanser for your face. Cleansers recommended for boys are a little different from those recommended for girls since they react differently to various ingredients in skin products. It is important to find a cleanser specifically designed for men's skin. 

Drink a lot of water

Drinking water moisturizes the skin internally. It leaves your skin hydrated and reduces bloat, puffiness and dryness. It is also the most natural way to hydrate your skin. You can drink a lot of water without any negative effects therefore it is the most basic way of treating your skin and clearing it up.

Final Word: Getting Clear Skin

Having great skin is a matter of taking good care of your skin. Routine skincare processes are essential to maintaining good skin. In some cases, your skin might need professional treatment first before your own home care since it might already be heavily affected. Please consult a dermatologist for information if a regular routine is not working for you.