Understanding Tween / Teen Skin

Androgens, the “male” hormones that both boys and girls have, surge during adolescence. Our skin structure begins to change, where the outermost layer of skin sheds less frequently to become stronger and tougher. Notice how we get less bruises and cuts when we were a preteen and teenager as compared to when we were a child? Our skin also starts to produce more oil / sebum and sweat during our teenage years. Excess oil and sweat clog pores, trap bacteria, leading to acne breakouts (also known as pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, zits, cysts, blemishes, spots).

Almost 8 in 10 teens would be affected by acne at some point during their adolescence, according to KidsHealth. Researchers have found that people with acne can develop low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, hence it is important not to undermine the emotional and physical scarring teen acne can cause. Our founder has fought acne for 14 years and know first-hand how bad the emotional toll can be. 

In terms of difference between teen boys and girls skin structure, male skin is about 20% thicker, oilier and ages differently. Although there’s a slight difference in skin structure, there’s no need to differentiate skincare between both genders. Having separate male and female skincare line is just a marketing gimmick. Teen skin is also still full of collagen, hence there’s absolutely no need for anti-aging products. 

The Most Important Step – Cleansing

The best facial cleanser / face wash for tweens and teens should be gentle, sulfate free, free of nasties and pH-balanced. Some examples of nasties that tweens and teens should avoid include parabens, phthalates found in synthetic  fragrances, often labeled as “fragrance” or “perfum”, essential oils including tea tree oil (Surprised? Yes, the tea tree oil that is commonly used in anti-acne products should be avoided). For a more detailed read on what ingredient and why they should not be used on teen’s skin, read here.

Skin’s pH is crucial for healthy skin. The skin’s acid mantle is a very fine, slightly acidic film on the surface of our skin acting as a barrier to bacteria, viruses. As a child transits to a tween, the skin pH starts shifting from about pH 7 to that of pH 5 to 5.5, more similar to an adult.  Studies have found that pH of the skin shifts to a higher pH when one is having acne or eczema. Hence, a good cleanser for teens would also take into consideration of maintaining the skin’s acid mantle. Soaps are generally of higher pH and tends to disrupt the skin’s acid mantle, hence should be avoided. 

Here at Skinlycious, we take into consideration all the above mentioned to formulate our Calming Cleanser. Gentle, no nasties and a focus on maintaining the skin’s acid mantle. Our surfactants, the ingredients that removes the dirt and grime, has been carefully selected after many rounds of testing by our founder. During the formulation process, she discovered many ingredients (concentrations matter) that triggered increased oil / sebum production on her skin.

Tweens and teens, without or with acne, can safely use Skinlycious Calming Cleanser as a daily facial wash twice a day to prevent acne breakouts and even use it to clear breakoutsFor teenage girls who use makeup, proper makeup removal is essential, so that pores do not clog up to trigger breakouts. We recommend double cleansing with a makeup remover.

What Others are Saying

By: Jun Qi
"Cystic Acne Cleared"

I struggled with cystic acne for many years. When I stopped my prescription medications, my acne always come back with a vengeance. When I chanced upon Jasmine’s story, it felt like she was telling my story. I decided to try the mini kit and never looked back. My acne is now gone and skin is clear. It’s been a year and my acne has not returned with continued usage of Skinlycious.


By: Julie
"Tween's Acne Cleared with Calming Cleanser"

My 12 year old tween’s acne cleared up after using Calming Cleanser. He’s now more disciplined with his beauty regime whereas before I had to nag him. I’m happy that he’s a lot more confident and happier now.


By: Eileen
"Redness reduced with Calming Cleanser"

I’m really impressed that after one wash with Calming Cleanser, my redness reduced significantly. After two months of using the Clear Skin Kit, I have total clear skin now.


By: Kimberleen
"Finally found my drug-free acne solution"

I’ve suffered from Acne since I was 15. I’ve tried almost all the Acne products on the market but sadly, they don’t help at all.
I seek help from dermatologists and was on medication for almost 2 years and my skin became much better but once I stopped consuming, my pimple came back.
The before/after photo is just after 7 days of use with Skinlycious mini potent kit. I love using the Glow Exfoliant because it helps to cure my acne within a few days! I’ve used almost a month now and my skin looks good.
Would recommend people who have acne to give it a try.


By: Candy
"My acne is finally gone "

I really love the Calming Cleanser. It helps to soothe redness and calms my skin. My acne is finally gone after 3 months and I cannot be happier.


By: Inez
"Acne scars have lightened"

No more breakouts and the acne scars have lightened! Affordable and I see results. Now, I can bid goodbye to the endless cycle of facials.


By: Jesslyn
"7 years on maintaining Acne-free skin with Skinlycious"

I am in my 3rd set of anti acne bundle, and I am very happy to say the result had been wonderful. The small bumps and frequent cystic pimples outbreak are gone and the scars have lighten. I have almost clear skin now, and I look forward to it getting even better with persistent usage. Family and friends had commented on how much my skin has improved.

Jasmine has also been really helpful with her encouragement, advices and guidance. She is very professional and gives prompt replies. Excellent service with awesome products. I seldom give reviews, but this is too good not to be shared. If you suffer acne or hormonal acne..i strongly encourage you to give this bundle a try!

Update on 12/08/16 : Today, 2 receptionists from my family clinic commented my skin is looking good and clear now (I went without makeup) compared to last year. I strongly recommended Skinlycious products to them.

Update on 10/2/2020 : Still using Skinlycious whole range to maintain acne-free skin.


By: Summer
"Skin is less oily and mild acne cleared"

Amazing! My mild acne cleared up after two weeks of usage. Skin is less oily and no more pimples.


By: Jenny
"Bumpy Skin Gone"

I had acne since I was 11 and my confidence was low. With Skinlycious products, my bumpy skin cleared up without irritating my eczema and sensitive skin.


The Second Essential Step 

The next step recommended depends on the skin condition of the tween / teen.

Tween / Teen without Acne :
Generally, at this age, tweens and teens have oily skin. In tropical climate and summer season, all they need is a hydrator, also known as a hydrating serum. By using a hydrating serum, the skin stays hydrated, this in turn will stimulate the skin to produce less sebum / oil, resulting in a more balanced skin.

However, in winter or in environments where it’s much drier or harsher, a hydrating serum might not be enough. Switch to a gel-based moisturiser instead to lock in the moisture. Cream-based moisturisers would generally be too thick for tweens and teens. The best moisturiser for tweens and teens would really depend on the season and climate but we would recommend to start off with a light, oil-free, non-sticky hydrating serum. Only when the hydrating serum is insufficient, then switch to a gel-based moisturiser. Skinlycious offers an oil-free hydrating serum that is filled with natural active ingredients that hydrates deeply.

The good-to-have step after a hydrator or moisturiser would be a sunscreen. 

Tween / Teen with Acne :
Only willing to use two productsGentle Cleanser and a Spot Corrector to get rid of the pimples. It’s important to use acne treatment early before the P.acnes bacteria start spreading. Bumpy skin of whiteheads, blackheads are because of clogged skin and are early signs of acne. Don’t leave them untreated else the clogs might develop into inflamed pimples. Once pitted scars are formed, it’s quite impossible to use any products to treat. Only after many expensive rounds of lasers would lessen the degree of scarring.

Skinlycious offers two spot correctors. We recommend our vitamins-based blemish corrector for tweens and teens as it’s gentle, non-drying and non-peeling. It’s also important to be consistent in applying the spot corrector to get rid of the clogs/acne completely before stopping the spot treatment.

Willing to use 3 products, we would recommend our Clear Skin Hydrate Kit. The complete routine would be to use a sunscreen in the day after the 3 steps. Sunscreen protects the skin from damage as well as lighten any post-acne red/brown marks. Those are hyperpigmentations that can be lightened with Blemish Corrector and Glow Exfoliant

3 Steps to Clear Skin

Try the hydrate mini kit risk-free! Mini kit lasts about 5-10 days. Improvements like less redness, existing acne becoming smaller, and less oiliness can be experienced. For total clear skin, 2-3 months is needed. One skin cell cycle takes 28 days, so our skin needs time to regulate when trying new products. Comes with a 30 days money-back guarantee. 

The full size hydrate kit lasts about 30-45 days. Commit to the anti-acne routine with the full size kit. Clearing breakouts takes time and patience but we are confident that you would see improvements with our clear skin kits. 30 Days money back guarantee not applicable for full-size kits. 

3 Reasons

To Use Hydrate Kit

There are many cosmetic active ingredients available for clearing acne. In her 14 years of struggle with Acne, Jasmine, our founder, has tried so many and from her experience, she believes that she has the best two combinations. That’s why we offer two very different spot treatments to cater to different groups of acne skin.

The Hydrate Kit is specially developed for young skin like Tweens and Teens. No harsh ingredient, no peeling and no dryness. Although we know that the breakouts are caused by hormonal changes, our kit has helped many tweens and teens clear their breakouts and keep their pimples and acne at bay. The 3 products in Hydrate Kit work synergistically to address the root causes of acne. We believe balance is the key to having clear healthy skin. 

We know the pain: emotionally, mentally and on the pocket too! Thus, we will refund you the mini kit if we cannot help you. Refund not applicable for full-size kit.

The Skinlycious Difference

Science-based Skincare Backed By Real-life Experience

For 14 long years, Jasmine struggled with all the different forms of acne (cystic acne, pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, bumpy skin). After trying so many ways to get rid of her acne, she used her biomedical science background coupled with her experience with many anti-acne products, she found the right blend of ingredients and concentrations that really alleviated her skin problems. Skinlycious was birthed. Skinlycious continues to improve and incorporates feedback from fellow acne battlers. 

The Experience : Products are developed and tested by Acne Battlers. Based on our acne fighting experience, we’ve come up with a Simple & Effective Clear Skin Plan for you. We emphasise on non-sticky, non-greasy textures.

The Science: Clean Formulae, giving your skin only what’s good. Optimal Actives backed by scientific research, so that products are effective. Safe and Thorough production process in a certified GMP Factory.

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