Keep Active Teens Happy Year-Round

School is back in full swing and for many teens, that means it's time for fall sports activities. One of the advantages I have from working in the store is that I get to talk with moms one on one and many of them voice concerns over what their teens should be using. If you have an active teenager at home and are looking for ways to get them through the school year with minimal breakouts and hair concerns, check out some of my top picks for them to try. 

If your teen is prone to breakouts, Dermalogica's Clear Start line has eight products available to help minimize teen acne. The Foaming Wash is clear must-have for both day and night use. Made with Salicylic Acid, this foaming cleanser helps clean pores, and remove debris on the skin that can cause breakouts. Help your teen calm their skin with eight powerful botanicals which include Tea Tree, Lavender and Camellia Sinensis. Another great benefit from this cleanser is that it can be used on the back and shoulders, as well. If the problem is a little more serious, incorporate the All Over Toner to treat breakouts on the body.

Teens spend a great amount of time outdoors, and if they're athletes, they spend twice as much time outside. Protect their skin and help them control shine with Dermalogica's Clear Start Oil Clearing Matte Moisturizer SPF 15. This ultra-light moisturizer contains special botanicals that act as micro sponges, absorbing oil and eliminating shine. SPF helps protect their skin against damaging rays that can aggravate skin and cause breakouts. 

For the teen with occasional breakouts, I suggest always having a spot treatment handy. Dermalogica's Emergency Spot Fix contains Benzoyl Peroxide, which helps kill bacteria within pores. Seven gentle botanicals help soothe and calm irritated skin. If the breakouts are happening in larger areas, then give the Overnight Treatment a try. This gel contains Salicylic Acid and helps combat breakouts and calm skin while your teen sleeps.

Being an active teen doesn't just affect skin. Hair can seem to get much more oily than normal. If you're looking for a shampoo to help regulate oils, try Biolage's CleanReset Normalizing Shampoo. Great for all hair types, this will leave your teen's hair clean without drying their strands. Follow up with the Hydrasource Conditioner if their hair is long. Another great shampoo for a teen with more oily hair is Paul Mitchell's Tea Tree Shampoo. Popular among football players and athletes, this shampoo is made with natural Tea Tree Oil, Peppermint and Lavender. It will leave their scalp feeling super refreshed and smelling so much nicer after that Friday night game. 

What products do your teens love to use? Share with us and comment below!

Liz Cabrera


Liz Cabrera is a skin care enthusiast who has worked at Planet Beauty for 10 years. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing from the University of California, Long Beach. She has a love for film, jazz and the Humor boards on Pinterest. 

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