As a Skin Therapist, I often get asked by parents why their children can not use the same skincare products as them.
Firstly and foremost, teenage acne and adult acne are completely different.
They look different, they have different causes and are situated in different areas of the skin.
To treat teenage acne with the same products you treat adult acne, would be like giving your child the same medication you were prescribed to treat your health issues.
What is teenage acne?
Teenage acne is caused by hormonal changes during puberty - the spike of the sex-growth hormone.
It comes to genetic too, so some teenagers might experience it, while others don't.
Puberty causes teenagers sebaceous glands to secrete more oil than adults.
This over-secreting of oil forms on teenage skins as oily breakouts and blackheads.
Commonly seen in the centre of the face, consisting of the forehead, cheeks, and chin.
Commonly starts between the ages of 10-13 and normally resolves in their early 20s.
It's also not uncommon for teenage boys have more severe cases.