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by Carmen Kubista
It's back-to-school time and while our Minnesota summers always feel too short, we welcome the daily structure that school days bring. In our house we have all teenagers and tweens this year (pray for us), so along with the excitement of new schedules and seeing old friends, we're also feeling the anxiety of fitting in.
The time to teach children to care for themselves, physically and emotionally, is while they are young. Self-care isn't just for stressed out or overworked adults. What a gift we can give to our kiddos – to help them learn how to truly care for themselves and to own their personal well-being.
I won't pretend to know or give advice that's best left to the professionals. But skin care is an important part of self-care...and that IS something I know a bit about.
Let's get real about teen skin... The term "acne" makes me cringe. I had to deal with it, some of my kids are dealing with it – I know the struggles it brings. I firmly believe that the first line of defense is to teach our kids to freely know and give grace to themselves and others; but the reality is that acne can be an unfortunate force in a young life. Heck, it can be an unfortunate part of adult life on any given day.
Here's another reality – there is no cure for acne. There's no silver bullet, no magic cream that can make it disappear forever. Hormonal ebb and flow, genetics, and personal habits all play a part in the appearance of acne, or lack thereof. And of course, we can only really make changes to one of those factors.
Focusing on personal habits, I recommend the following skin care regimen for tweens and teens to treat and help keep acne at bay.
In addition to a consistent daily skin care routine, making some relatively easy lifestyle changes can have a big impact on teen skin as well:
I invite you to share these ideas with your kiddos, and hope that both you and they find this advice genuinely useful. I pray that all of our kids have a safe and happy school year.
founder of story skin care, wife & mom
by Carmen Kubista