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If you have a boy or girl heading toward the minefield that is puberty, chances are, their skin is going to be one of the first places to take a hit.

We went to the experts on this one - Sarah Brown, Founder of Pai Skincare - a range of natural and organic products specially formulated for those with irritated, hyper-sensitive and acne-prone skin.

What does she recommend for temperamental teen/tween (and let's face it, sometimes hormonal adult) skin?

  1. Keep it simple. While a teenager's skin changes (thanks to plenty of fluctuating hormones!) it can become more sensitive and inflamed than usual, so look out for products that help to keep their skin calm without upsetting the delicate pH and oil balance. Just one, or maybe two, steps will do.

  2. This is the perfect time to get your child into the habit of proper cleansing. Encourage them to cleanse once a day with a gentle alcohol and detergent-free Cleanser like the Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser.

  3. Steer them away from harsh astringent toners and cleansing wipes which, although heavily marketing to teens, can strip away the skin's protective oils, triggering more oil and inflammation.

  4. As they get older, they may find their skin starts to become oilier or dryer depending on their lifestyle and genetics. To help keep skin comfortable and balanced, introduce a lightweight moisturiser targeted to their skin type once a day.

  5. For oilier skin types, avoid ingredients like beeswax, shea butter and silicones, which can create congestion. The Pai Geranium & Thistle Rebalancing Day Cream contains Thistle Oil, which helps to redistribute shine, to leave skin looking and feeling more balanced.

  6. For drier skin types, a gentle formula to keep skin supple without overloading young complexions.

  7. Breakouts are pretty much part and parcel of teenage life. In older teens, a more active product like Copaiba & Zinc Perfect Balance Blemish Serum will help to calm and clear blemishes without irritating or over-drying.

  8. For younger teens, a serum may be too active so encourage good habits like thorough daily cleansing and resisting the temptation to pick.

  9. Make sure pillowcases are changed regularly and flipped over in between. This helps to minimise bacteria and reduce breakouts.

  10. Most of all, reassure them that for most of us, breakouts are a temporary phase and that they have plenty of other reasons to feel confident.

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