5 Tips for Back to School & Autumn Skin Care

back to school and autum skin care

Having clean, fresh-looking skin can help your kids look and feel more confident when it’s time to go back to school – even when on a zoom lesson!  Acne, eczema, dermatitis and mask acne (aka maskne) are common teenage skin care woes that can make them feel self-conscious about their appearance and distract them from their studies and favorite activities.

Here are 5 useful skin care tips for your teenager to follow that can help them achieve brighter, healthier-looking skin and go to school feeling like the most confident version of themselves!

1. Drink Plenty of Water

Water helps flush toxins from the skin to prevent and reduce the onset of acne and other skin problems. Water also helps keep the skin hydrated to prevent dryness and flaking. Reduce your intake of sodas and sugary fruit juices and start drinking more water for clearer, cleaner skin.

2. Practice Good Hygiene

Dirt, bacteria, and clogged pores can contribute to acne. Wear clean clothes and shower or bathe every day, especially if you exercise or play sports. If your face gets sweaty after working out, wash your face immediately afterward to remove dirt and bacteria.

3. Use Quality Skin Care Products

Many over-the-counter skin care products contain harsh irritants and fragrances that can dry out your skin even more and emphasize the appearance of acne and other blemishes. Consult with your local dermatologist to find out which quality skin care products you should be using based on your skin type and lifestyle.

4. Eat Healthy Foods

A clean, healthy diet composed of lots of fruits and vegetables can help hydrate and clear your skin, while a diet high in sugar and fat can contribute to acne and other skin problems. Healthy foods can also help regulate your hormones to maintain clear skin, as hormonal imbalances often contribute to cystic acne (large, red painful breakouts located deeper beneath the skin).

5. Exercise Regularly

Exercise makes you sweat, which helps remove toxins from your body that may be contributing to skin problems. Exercise also improves your blood circulation to help deliver a higher amount of oxygen and nutrients to your skin, thus promoting the growth of fresh new skin cells. If your children aren’t taking gym classes or playing sports in school, make sure they’re getting plenty of exercise after school and on weekends.

Contact Dermatology Physicians of Connecticut for help with fighting acne and for more back to school skin care tips that can help them maintain clearer, healthier-looking skin.