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Tweens and teens go through plenty at this age. School gets that bit harder. Important friendships firm up. Fashion becomes more of a thing. They’re discoveing social media in earnest and, the other sex. Eek. Hair grows in crazy places and in all this chaos, we welcome pimples.

Pimples are the scourge of the tween/teenager – we don’t need to tell you that. But what we can tell you is that your mini doesn’t need to suffer – there are plenty of tips and tricks to help them ease the inflammation. Just ask Sam Keim of Skin Matters. Sam says one of the most overlooked aspects of skincare in this age group is that our kids don’t know how to properly wash their faces. Yep, we parents tell them it’s important to wash their face but have you ever spent the time to show them how? Do you even know yourself?

“They need to fully foam up their cleanser in their hands first,” Sam says. “And they need to massage it into their face, with their fingertips, for at least 30 seconds to a minute. Most kids don’t leave cleanser on their skin long enough for the ingredients to really get to work.”

Sam says kids often forget to properly cleanse the border of their face – they forget the area in front of the ears, the hairline across their forehead, under their jaw and even their neck. And while on the subject of ears, they should be cleaning right around their ears and inside them. When all that is done, kids should really focus on washing all the cleanser off properly. It’s an easy process in the shower but if they are doing it at the bathroom vanity sink, they need a good microfibre cloth to help them get the job done properly.

As far as products go, Sam highly rates La Roche Posay’s ‘Effaclar’ range for problem teenage skin as well as Ego Pharmaceutical’s ‘Azclear’ – both available at pharmacies.

Beyond the external elements, Sam says there are a few keys tips teenagers should know about what they put into their bodies and how those things affect their skin. Milk, believe it or not, is not great for teens dealing with pimples and acne. It’s full of sugar and hormones. Sam says she’s seen a 60-80 per cent reduction in acne and skin inflammation when her teenage clients significantly reduced their milk intake. Loads of water, fresh fruit and veg, as well as plenty of quality sleep are all (obviously) important but need to be continually reiterated to our growing kids. If you still have questions, Sam offers educational consultations for kids, teaching them important lessons on skincare and general wellbeing that they can take right through their lifetime.

www.skinmatters.net.au

Petite Skin Co. face cleansing foam: A gentle mousse, tear-free, cleanses without drying. Aloe vera is the main ingredient and the product smells like icecream! 150ml, $32, www.petiteskinco.com

Petite Skin Co. face moisturiser: Natural ingredients include camellia seed oil (containing vitamins A, B, C, E), aloe, shea butter. Fast absorbing, nourishing, hydrating. 50ml, $34, www.petiteskinco.com

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