The Ultimate Skincare Guide for Teenagers

The Ultimate Skincare Guide for Teenagers

Understanding Teen Skin

Teenagers often face unique skin care challenges due to hormonal changes during puberty, leading to issues like acne, oiliness, and hyperpigmentation. These changes can be daunting, especially in today's image-driven society. The good news? The right skincare products and careful advise can make a significant difference.

Acne: A Common Teenage Concern

Why Acne is a Problem

Acne is a prevalent issue among teenagers due to several factors:

  • Hormonal Changes: During puberty, increased levels of hormones like testosterone can cause the sebaceous glands to produce more oil, leading to clogged pores and breakouts.

  • Bacterial Growth: The excess oil provides a breeding ground for bacteria, particularly Propionibacterium acnes, which exacerbates inflammation and leads to pimples.

  • Genetics: Family history can play a significant role in the likelihood of developing acne.

  • External Factors: Sun exposure, pollution, and certain cosmetics can contribute to acne development.

Psychological Impact

Acne can significantly affect self-esteem and mental health, especially in a social media-driven society where appearance is highly valued. Teens may feel self-conscious, leading to anxiety and social withdrawal.

Types of Acne

  • Comedones: Blackheads and whiteheads caused by clogged pores.

  • Papules: Small red, tender bumps.

  • Pustules: Pimples with pus at their tips.

  • Nodules: Large, painful lumps beneath the skin.

  • Cysts: Severe, pus-filled lumps that can cause scarring.

Hormonal Influence

Hormones are complex chemical messengers that regulate a wide range of body functions. During puberty, three key hormones—testosterone, oestrogen, and progesterone—play significant roles in skin changes. These hormones can increase oil production and lead to acne.

The Basics of Teen Skincare


Keeping your skin clean is essential. Here’s how:

  • Use gentle cleansers: Washing your face twice daily with a gentle cleanser helps remove excess oil, dirt, and bacteria without irritating your skin.

  • Avoid over-cleansing: Over-cleansing can strip your skin of its natural oils, causing dryness and irritation.

Recommended Product:

Exfoliating Enzyme Cleanser

  • Benefits: Gently exfoliates dead skin cells, unclogs pores, and smooths skin texture.

  • Key Ingredients: Papaya and pineapple enzymes, which help to clear congestion without over-drying.


Even oily skin needs hydration to maintain a healthy barrier function.

  • Use non-comedogenic moisturisers: These won't clog your pores and can help balance your skin's moisture levels.

  • Hydration primers: Prepares the skin with an energising essence to better absorb subsequent skincare products.

Recommended Product:

Antioxidant Energising Essence

  • Benefits: Soothes irritated skin and reduces inflammation while priming it for better absorption of additional products.

  • Key Ingredients: Antioxidants that protect and hydrate the skin.

Target Imperfections

For tackling acne and blemishes:

  • Anti-blemish treatments: Use targeted treatments that contain ingredients like niacinamide and salicylic acid to combat acne and reduce redness.

  • Gentle exfoliation: Products with salicylic acid can help clear pores without causing irritation.

Recommended Product:

Anti Blemish Booster

  • Benefits: Combines niacinamide and salicylic acid to reduce inflammation and unclog pores.

  • Key Ingredients: Salix nigra bark extract, a natural source of salicylic acid-like ingredients.

Repair and Protect

Enhancing the skin's ability to repair itself and protecting it from future damage is crucial.

  • Repairing Serums: Boost the skin's natural repair processes, targeting scars and imperfections.

  • Lightweight Day Creams: Hydrate and protect the skin without feeling heavy.

Recommended Products:

Repair Serum

  • Benefits: Stimulates skin repair and improves texture.

  • Key Ingredients: Peptides and antioxidants.

Day Cream Light

  • Benefits: Provides hydration and protection with a lightweight formula.

  • Key Ingredients: Moisturizing agents and antioxidants.

Additional Tips for Managing Acne

  • Keep your skin clean: Wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser.

  • Use non-comedogenic products: Ensure your skincare and makeup products won’t clog pores.

  • Moisturise: Even oily skin needs hydration.

  • Avoid touching your face: This can transfer bacteria and oils, causing breakouts.

  • Maintain a healthy diet: A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can help.

  • Manage stress: Stress can worsen acne; practice relaxation techniques.

  • Get enough sleep: Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night.

  • Protect your skin from the sun: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher daily.

Still not sure where to start?

Start your journey to clear skin with 111SKIN's limited availability Anti-Blemish Duo. Plus, enjoy a 30% discount on this essential set. The Anti-Blemish Tonic works to cleanse and purify, while the Anti-Blemish Booster soothes and balances. Together, they form a dynamic duo that tackles acne at its source, ensuring your skin looks its best. 

Acne Treatments at 111 Harley St.

For more severe acne and scarring, professional treatments at 111 Harley St. can provide advanced care:

  • Potenza RF Microneedling: Effective for both active acne and acne scarring.

  • ClearSkin Laser Treatment: Kills bacteria in acne.

  • Chemical Peels: Uses salicylic or glycolic acid to improve cell renewal and skin texture.

  • ADVATx Laser: Rejuvenates skin and reduces acne scarring.

Explore more treatments on the 111Harley St. website .


Achieving clear, radiant skin during your teenage years is possible with the right routine and products. The 111SKIN range offers scientifically-backed, luxurious solutions tailored to tackle teenage skin issues effectively. Remember to maintain a consistent skincare routine, stay hydrated, and consult a dermatologist for persistent issues. Embrace your journey to healthy, glowing skin with confidence!

Words approved by: Dr Yannis Alexandrides

Dr. Yannis Alexandrides, founder of 111SKIN, is a renowned cosmetic surgeon and innovator in skincare. Informed by over 30 years of medical experience, his pioneering formulas merge science and luxury, delivering unparalleled results globally, redefining skincare standards. 

Find more here

Back to blog