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Good, better, best: Face wash for teens

As if being a teenager wasn’t hard enough with the raging hormones, pressure from school, and navigating the complications of social life, there’s also your face. Yes, when you’re a teenager, acne usually comes with the territory.

There’s no cute or nice way to say it. Teenage acne sucks. With all of the hormonal changes occurring in your body, acne is a natural reaction. While a breakout might have you feeling like all eyes are on you, odds are everyone else is too busy worrying about their own acne or other insecurities to focus on yours.

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That being said, the first step to treating teenage breakouts is to take a deep breath. The second step? Using the right face wash. Check out some of our favorite face washes for teens and start your journey toward a clear, glowing complexion.

Good: Clean & Clear 2-Pack Day and Night Face Cleanser

Let’s start with a tried and true solution: Clean & Clear has been around for decades and is one of the most trusted names in skincare, and this day and night duo comes in under $10. The morning cleanser will wake you up in the morning with the refreshing scent of citrus and ginger while the night cleanser has soothing sea kelp and other minerals that promote relaxation during your nighttime routine.

If you’re following a clean beauty regimen, however, these products are not the best bet. They both contain fragrance and sulfates which can irritate sensitive skin. However, there are thousands of great reviews, so if you don’t have any skin sensitivities, we recommend giving this one a go.

Better: CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser

This CeraVe cleanser is slightly more expensive than its Clean and Clear counterpart, but at $15, you definitely get the most bang for your buck. We recommend this to teenagers especially because it targets acne without the dreaded side effects of dry and peeling skin.

The facial cleanser does not contain fragrances or parabens so it’s ideal for sensitive skin. Further, it’s also approved by the Eczema Association, so if you’ve been managing this skin condition, CeraVe might be your saving grace. Much like Clean and Clear, CeraVe products are available wherever personal care products are sold, so you won’t have a difficult time tracking them down.

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Best: First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser

If you’re willing to invest a little more into your face wash, we recommend First Aid Beauty. The Pure Skin Face Cleanser is $30, and the product is worth every penny. Additionally, a little goes a long way with this product, so it should also last you longer than some other options.

This cleanser is good for dry skin, regular skin, oily skin, combination skin, and sensitive skin so there’s less guesswork involved in determining if it’s the best product for you. This vegan product is also gluten, soy, nut, oil, and cruelty-free. Your face will be absolutely refreshed, and you’ll feel results soon after the first use.

Because this is a specialty product, it won’t be lining the shelves at your local department store. You can however get this cleanser at beauty stores like Sephora and Ulta Beauty.

Armed with these face washes, you should have one less thing to worry about. Additionally, getting into the habit of washing your face with a cleanser and creating your own skincare routine is extremely important. For many, acne is not a one-and-done occurrence. A lot of people deal with acne well into adulthood.

The good news is that learning to care for your skin properly now will save you a massive headache down the road. Along with sticking to your skincare routine, practicing other habits like keeping your hands away from your face, drinking water, and eating a balanced diet all contribute to keeping your acne at a minimum. If your acne does not improve or gets worse, consult a dermatologist or other healthcare professional. They can point you toward other solutions, including medicated products, that work best for your skin.

Teens and adults alike have to deal with acne at some point in their lives but armed with these tools, you can keep your head high and your smile bright.

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