How To Talk To Your Teen About Their Skin

This post contains affiliate links. We may earn compensation when you click on the links at no additional cost to you.

I’ve partnered with HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® to share how I help my teens handle those inevitable acne breakouts.

One thing I don’t miss about being a teen was those occasional acne breakouts. I know I was lucky that my skin stayed mostly acne free, but it sure did feel like when I did break out, it was always at the worst times. Once my daughters entered the teenage years I knew it was time to have the not-so-exciting, but very necessary, talk about breakouts and how to take care of their skin when they have issues with acne.

When we sat down and talked, I made it very clear that acne is a normal part of teenage skin, but that there were things we could do to keep skin healthy and help prevent breakouts. I also made sure they know how to treat them when they do happen.

Even the most cared for skin can still get the occasional acne breakout. That’s just life as a teenager. The good news is that there is help available! When breakouts happen, I keep CLEAN & CLEAR ADVANTAGE® ACNE SPOT TREATMENT on hand. Before my girls even experienced breakouts, I explained how this medication works to clear pimples quickly thanks to the maximum strength 2% Salicylic acid. The powerful gel with breakthrough technology starts to dissolve surface oil on the skin and makes the pimples reduce in size, along with the swelling and redness. Plus it won’t over-dry their skin.

Below, you’ll find my best tips for teens on taking care of their skin:

  1. Wash your face morning and night. A clean face is a happy face! The best times to wash your face are as soon as you wake up and right before bed to remove any pore-clogging impurities.

To read the rest of my breakout tips for teens, hop on over to

How do you help your teens treat their breakouts and keep their skin healthy?

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • I remember having so many breakouts as a teen, and even as an adult. Literally NOTHING worked for me, until I switched to a Korean Skincare routine. Good for you for trying to help her find something that would work for her skincare needs.

  • This sounds like great stuff. I need to check out Clean and Clear’s new products. My kids are all tweens, and the zits are in full effect. LOL

  • I give you credit for broaching this very sensitive subject. Teen girls have very fragile egos so I try to encourage good skin care in a gentle way. We are lucky our kids have generally clear skin most days. BTW your kids look like their skin is gorgeous.

  • This is good advice! I was just thinking I need to have this conversation with my son.

  • We are not there just yet but I know this is coming soon. What great information!

  • I’m so glad I don’t have to deal with the trouble of acne anymore. I had it bad as a teen. I was pizza face. Thankfully those days are over.

  • Clean and Clear was around when i was a teen too. I had semi-bad acne but yeah I wish I knew then what I knew now to have clearer skin!

  • Teens are definitely more prone to pimples and acne because of their changing bodies. It’s really important to teach them ways on how to make sure their skin is taken care of! I think Clean & Clear is an awesome product to have by their side.

  • My kids went through that phase of puberty, however, I always told them that keeping their face clean is the best way to avoid breakouts. A good non-drying cleanser like Clean and Clear has helped them through that phase

  • You and I are in the same boat. I remind my two teenage girls the importance of cleansing their skin nightly really well. I provide many skin products for them to try and test out here on my site and in our home of course. Some work and some do not but ultimately it’s up to them to learn good habits now. The other night my 14 years old stood in the hall and asked MOM I am too tired to do my skincare routine – should I just go to bed. I said it’s up to you but I know when I skip a night my skin reacts with blemishes or dryness or whatever. So she trudged into her bathroom and did the regular routine she is beginning to make a habit. My older daughter has a lot of blemishes right now. That is challenging for me to sensitively negotiate. I feel like I am always saying – did you wash your face well? Did you drink enough water? Broken record here.

  • Such a great product, I ‘ve been using this for a long time and it totally helps me to prevent having an acne.

  • I am thankful that I am not having that kind of trouble during my teenage days and until now that I am already a mother I still not experiencing that.

  • Love Clean & Clear’s spot treatment. I used when I would have an occasional breakout and it definitely helped. I didn’t have trouble with acne as a teen, thankfully. Just the random hormonal breakout or reaction to something new I was trying.

  • I never really spoke to my teen about skin, funny I didn’t think of that. She seemed to find her own products, which were this brand actually, one her own as she started to deal with not so clear skin. Great article to remind us to discuss skin care options with our teens!

  • My kids had this issue and it was really hard on them. We tried every home remedy under the sun and it turned out that acutane did the trick. We were so scared of that med but it’s been improved and has been fine.

  • Huge fan of clean and clear and have been for a long time. I love your tips about talking!

  • When I was a kid, I had moderate to bad acne. Clean and clear helpend me back then and it’s certainly helping my 14 year old now too

  • My daughter went through so many emotions with her acne breakouts. We had trouble finding something that would work. I don’t think we gave this brand a try, unfortunately.

Comments are closed.