Why is being a teenager so hard? Why does their pretty baby skin start to turn red and get covered in acne and blemishes? Why is it that when they tend to become more confident, the appearance of their face makes it even more complicated?
Adolescence is the age when everything starts to become possible. Teenagers become emancipated and free to live their first dreams. It is the age when they start to experience life in all its exciting but also confronting aspects. And for good reason, teenage acne is a blow to their burgeoning self-esteem.
Is acne a fatality? No. Acne affects 60% of the adolescent population. There are also various degrees of its expression with several types of pimples: white or blackheads, pustules, papules, etc.
15% of young people are affected by a severe form that really impacts their daily life; school discomfort, withdrawal, social shame and feelings of dirtiness...
Today, research and progress have made it possible to understand and find solutions to help this problem. Above all, we must never lose hope. In most cases, improvement occurs around the age of 18.
In the meantime, we explain what you can do to help your teenagers to make the transition to adulthood without worrying about their faces.
Teenagers and acne, what actually happens?
Aaaahhh, puberty...... That great moment in life when the transition from child to adult triggers an untimely hormonal discharge.
Basically, boys will produce androgenic hormones such as testosterone. Girls also produce them in small amounts to ensure muscle development and strengthening of the osteoarticular system. They also host their own estrogen production. The latter will trigger menarche, which marks the end of puberty for the girl with the first menstruation. These hormones therefore develop the sexual character and reproductive organs for each individual. In addition to this, weight and height also change during this period.
But there is also a development of hair and sweat glands.
These are the twin concepts of our own: the skin. The spontaneous hormonal overload of androgens leads to an overproduction of sebum. Its nature thickens and the pores fill up. It is this phenomenon that will lead to acne, blemishes and eventually scars.
There is also another factor that impacts the condition of the skin: Propionibacterium acnes. But what is this thing?
It's a small bacterium found in the skin microbiota. Like many bacteria, it does not wish us any harm as long as there are no conditions that favour its opportunistic proliferation.
However, it feeds on sebum and becomes inflammatory in an anaerobic environment. In fact, it reacts immediately when trapped in a blocked pilosebaceous canal. This microbiotic imbalance is characterised by the expression of red and painful pimples.
Add to this various anxiety issues, wearing a sanitary mask, consuming industrialised and overly sweet products, junk food, sometimes alcohol and tobacco and the picture continues to blur...
What should be done about teenage acne?
Should we consider that affected teenagers are obliged to suffer without being able to act? The answer is obviously no. Let's not forget that anything is possible! There is always a way to temper the expression of acne, or even to get rid of it!
That said, you will need to be rigorous and patient. Don't give up too quickly.
In the next paragraph, we will give you tips on how to intervene locally on the face. Let's start with a healthy lifestyle.
- Stop endocrine disruptors
Did you know that endocrinologists and dermatologists are observing that the age of puberty is starting earlier and earlier. Some young girls start menstruating before the age of 10. It would seem that this is not without the influence of endocrine disruptors. They have the unfortunate tendency to stimulate hormone receptors and create unbalanced physiological reactions.
So it's time to make our teenagers aware of their food choices. More fruit and vegetables, of course, but from organic or small-scale farming with virtually no pesticide impact.
- Let your food be your medicine
Of course, there are also endocrine disruptors in plastic food packaging, but the main problem lies elsewhere.
- Stop sugar1
Especially in a crisis phase when the production of insulin in relation to the sugar consumed acts on the production of androgens. It is time to warn against consuming too many sodas, cakes, biscuits and bowls of cereals.
We invite you to bake at home by limiting the sugar in recipes to the required half and using panelle or coconut sugar. And for cereals, use homemade granola.
- Limit dairy products2
They are rich in animal growth hormones and lactose. They also contain omega 6. When overloaded in the diet, they also increase insulin and testosterone. And it is often milk that accompanies the big bowl of overly sweet cereals.
We opt for vegetable drinks such as oat or coconut milk. Beware of creams, creme fraiche and other white cheeses.
On the other hand, real yoghurts contain probiotics which may be of interest.
- Long live omega 3
It is clear that teenagers often have a total aversion to fish. However, it is very interesting to eat it up to 3 times a week. You can also offer them cooler recipes with Energy Balls made from walnuts and Chia seeds. Think about supplementation if necessary.
- Spice it up
Turmeric3, ginger, paprika, cinnamon.... All these spices help to reduce inflammatory reactions and enhance the skin. We therefore invite the cuisines of the world to enliven our teenagers' plates. They often love Indian or Oriental food. Long live Chai Tea or Golden Oat Milk.
- Get rid of stress
Adolescence also means exams and continuous hard work at school, regular feelings of injustice and anger, and the first love affair.... Depending on the ups and downs of the family, a teenager may tend to keep his or her emotional feelings to him or herself.
Stress has a direct effect on blood cortisol levels. In too large quantities, cortisol can lead to inflammation. Cortisol is also very much related to blood sugar levels.
In the case of persistent or chronic acne, it is urgent to look at the sources of anxiety and fears of the young person concerned.
Think about all the solutions that can lower stress levels: sports and recreational activities, musical or artistic passions, respected rest time and strolls that stimulate creativity...
If necessary, it is sometimes interesting to consult psychological professionals.
Pur Paradisi, the ultimate teen skin routine
What about the face? What to do?
The cleansing step is essential. In the morning, it helps rid the skin of excess night-time sebum production. In the evening, it frees you from pollution, perspiration, dead skin and make-up if any.
The Pur Paradisi range contains pink grapefruit extracts titrated in deep purifying fruit acids. We therefore propose the Purifying Cleansing Gel. It also contains Pimprenelle officinale with astringent properties and disinfectant Zinc salts.
Saeve's lethal weapon can be found among our serums. Here it is the Anti-Imperfection Purifying Botanical Serum. Just 4 drops in the morning and evening will soothe the war on your face. In a few days, the reddened appearance fades, bacterial proliferation is calmed and pores are unclogged and tightened. It has a sebum-regulating action that limits visible shine. Peace and light finally settle on your skin. It can also be used on the shoulders and back, as well as locally on pimples directly.
Finally, it would be unthinkable to leave the skin without moisture. Dehydrated skin activates its sebum production to protect itself.
For the day, we suggest Purifying Botanical Fluid with a texture as light as a feather, for an immediate matifying effect. And for the evening, moisturize yourself more comfortably with Hydra Malva QuenchingSoothing Emulsion with softening mallow extracts. Baby-skin feel guaranteed.
In just one month of using this ritual, a radical change is visible. We don't ask you to believe us, we ask you to read all the testimonials of our young consumers who have already freed themselves from acne.
If they have succeeded, you can do it too.
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