How to Care for Acne-Prone Teenage skin

How to Care for Acne-Prone Teenage skin

Posted by Alison Butijer on

What is the best skincare routine for teenagers who suffer from acne?
With an overloaded and overwhelming market filled with brightly-coloured alluring skincare products enticing the youngsters for a quick fix, do not be fooled.
A simple and gentle skincare routine should begin during your adolescence years, when your body and skin is dramatically changing. Implementing an effective and consistent skincare routine, with the right products will help keep your skin in its best condition. 

During puberty hormone levels surge causing the sebaceous glands to enlarge leading to an increase in oil (sebum) production. The excessive build-up of oil mixed with dead skin cells, dirt, sweat and/makeup results in congested and clogged pores. This can lead to many teen skin issues like blackheads, whiteheads, cysts and most commonly, acne.
Hormones are not the only culprit though, genetics, lifestyle, stress, and diet all contribute to common teen skin concerns.

AMPERNA® Teenage Skin

A simple three-step skin-care routine consisting of a cleanser, moisturiser, and SPF is all you need as a basis. Once this is established you can incorporate specific ingredients and products to target skin concerns such as acne. But again, you do not want to bombard your skin with an overloaded assault of different products. It is best to introduce slowly, patch test always, and stick with it consistently.


  1. There are quick fixes when dealing with acne prone skin:
    I am sorry to break this to you, but it is not the truth.
  2. Toothpaste helps dry out spots:
    I wish I knew this back in my teenager years that it does not.

AMPERNA® Teenage Skin

Basic Skincare Habits

On top of a simple skincare routine here are some basic skin hygiene tips:

  • Avoid over touching your face.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Eat a healthy balanced diet.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Thoroughly cleanse your makeup off (especially before bed or exercising).
  • Be gentle with your skin.
  • Do not pick or pop your pimples.
  • Regularly wash your pillowcases and bedding.
  • Clean your phone screen and sunglass frames.
  • Use ‘non-comedogenic’ products

AMPERNA® Teenage Skin

STEP 1 - Cleanser

Removing the build-up of dead skin cells, dirt, oil, sweat, and makeup is key to keeping your complexion clear and fresh. Many cleansers targeted towards teenage acne can be very harsh and strip the skin of its natural oils. Stripping the skin only makes the issue worse as your sebaceous glands are triggered to produce yet more oil to compensate for what’s been lost.

A gentle, non-comedogenic cleanser is the best face wash for teenage skin.

We recommend AMPERNA® Ultra Gentle Soothing Cleanser (BALANCE). It is a light gel formula which cleans and balances the skin. It contains an infusion of sage and cucumber extracts to help cool, soothe and nourish your skin.

STEP 2 – Moisturise

Moisturising is a crucial step in your teen skincare routine – even if your skin type is oily. Moisturising forms a protective barrier on the skins surface to help minimise water loss and help prevent environmental irritants from entering.

The AMPERNA® Lightweight Soothing + Emulsion (HYDRATE) is a lightweight moisturising formula containing ceramides, hyaluronic acid, emollients and our ground-breaking probiotic complex. Expect your skin to feel nourished and hydrated without the risk of clogging your pores.

AMPERNA® Teenage Skin


This step will be one you will not regret starting during your teenage years. The earlier you start incorporating SPF in your skincare routine the better your skin will be in the years to come. 

We recommend the AMPERNA® Pro+ Bio Soothing Day Mineral SPF15. It is the first probiotic moisturising SPF lotion, containing zinc oxide, vitamin B5 and hyaluronic acid to help nourish the skin whilst protecting it against sun damage.

Skincare for Teenagers with Acne

Approximately 80 percent of teens will experience acne ranging in severity as they go through the hormonal changes of puberty.
Once a gentle skincare regime is established you can look at targeting the inflammation and breakouts using specific products like our best-selling Probiotic+ DS Soothing Serum (RESCUE) and our 10% Pro+ Resurfacing Lotion (EXFOLIATE).

The Probiotic+ DS Soothing Serum is a deeply restorative formula which cools, soothes and calms red irritated skin. The copper and zinc gluconates help limit the spread of harmful bacteria and replenishes the skin's barrier. Everything acne-prone skin craves.

How would you incorporate the DS Serum in your skincare routine?

CleanseDS Soothing SerumMoisturiseSPF (SPF in the AM only)
*The DS Soothing Serum can be used throughout the day as needed.

The 10% Pro+ Resurfacing Lotion is a gentle chemical leave on exfoliating lotion containing 10% glycolic acid (AHA) and antioxidants to help calm redness and improve the skin’s texture.

This gentle exfoliation helps slough away dead skin cells and unclog pores without using harsh abrasive scrubs that can aggravate inflamed acne breakouts.

Glycolic acid helps retain moisture in the skin instead of drying it out. This is an advantage for acne-prone skin, because many other topical anti-acne agents, like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, are very drying.

How would you incorporate the 10% Pro+ Resurfacing Lotion in your skincare routine?

In the PM only.
Cleanse - DS Soothing Serum10% Resurfacing Lotion - Moisturise
*Patch testing is always recommended before use.
The Resurfacing Lotion can be used 3-4 times per week.

AMPERNA® Teenage Skin

We have the AMPERNA® Acne Plus Bundle available which includes the four products to help you on your acne skin journey: Ultra Gentle Soothing Cleanser (BALANCE), Lightweight Soothing Emulsion (HYDRATE), Probiotic+ DS Soothing Serum (RESCUE) and the 10% Pro Resurfacing Lotion (EXFOLIATE)
You can find the Acne Plus regime here.

You can find more information about our acne products and reviews from customers on our website here:
AMPERNA® Probiotic Skincare For Acne | AMPERNA®

In addition to an effective skincare routine for teenagers with acne here are some extra tips you can implement to help your skin further:

  • Shower after exercise/sweating
  • Avoid wearing excessive/heavy makeup.
  • Clean your makeup brushes/sponges.
  • Avoid using toners.
  • Ensure you clean product from your hair by shampooing regularly.
  • Stay out of the sun.
  • Assess your stress levels and ways to better manage your mental health.
  • Limit refined sugar and saturated fats in your diet.
Blog article author

Written By Alison Butijer

Alison Butijer has a background in Visual Merchandising but in 2020 started on her own health & wellness journey, helping other people on theirs too. Alison is passionate about holistic living, encouraging others to create healthy lifestyle habits & feeling confident in their own skin. Everything that AMPERNA® embodies.

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