Simple skin care for teens: Preventive skin care for teen-age boys and girls needs to include no more than a daily routine of mild cleansing, moisturizing and sun protection plus regular shampooing for oily hair, says Dr. Ellen Gendler, a dermatologist.
"The single most important criterion of any skin-care routine is that it neither aggravate an existing acne problem nor bring on breakouts where there were none before," says Gendler, a member of the board of the Oil of Olay Skin Care Center.
Wash your skin morning and evening with a cleanser designed to provide a rich lather without drying. Limit exfoliants or scrubs to twice a month since they can be irritating to acne-prone skin. For oily skin, use a mild, low-alcohol toner. If you are using acne medication, however, a toner can aggravate your skin. For dry skin, apply a greaseless moisturizer that won't clog pores. And use a sun block of at least SPF 15.