Teen Beauty Issues

When a child reaches adolescence, she quickly undergoes several changes. As she grows taller and her body develops, the release of hormones in her body can also lead to changes that can make the young person flock to beauty-related teen magazine so she can fix her “problem” issues. By understanding the beauty issues that a teen faces, you can offer her the healthy support that she needs.


As a teen develops physically, socially and cognitively, it can seem as if she also becomes hyper-aware of every blemish on her skin. By helping a teen determine her skin type -- dry, oily or combination -- you can help her setup a skin care regimen that reduces acne, controls “shine” and keeps the largest organ of her body healthy. The site GirlsHealth.gov in the article “Hair and Skin Care” recommends that a teen use a mild cleanser and warm water to wash her face, followed by moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15. Since healthy skin starts from within, drinking plenty of water and eating a healthy diet can also boost a teen’s complexion. If over-the-counter acne treatments don’t help control a teen’s blemishes, schedule an appointment with her pediatrician or a dermatologist.


A teen’s hair type and texture can change with the onset of puberty. For example, a teen may have wavy hair one day and wake up with ringlets the next. Like skin, there are different hair types, such as:

  • straight
  • wavy
  • curly
  • coarse
  • dry
  • oily
  • normal

Finding the right hair care routine make take some trial and error for a teen. A teen with oily hair, for example, may benefit by washing it daily with a shampoo specified for her hair type. On the other hand, a young person with dry hair may only need to wash it every other day, but use conditioner daily. Adolescence is a time when teens like to start experimenting with different hair colors. To prevent extensive hair damage, chemical burns and embarrassing dye jobs, it’s a good idea to have a salon professional color a teen’s hair.


During the teen years, girls don’t use makeup to play dress-up anymore. Makeup becomes a functional tool in a beauty arsenal that hides blemishes, enhances facial features and boosts confidence. GirlsHealth.gov shares that the best type of makeup for a teen is the kind with the labels “noncomedogenic” or “nonacnegenic” and “water-based,” as an oil-based product can cause acne. When a teen is new to the world of makeup, she may need some help and/or lessons about how to use the beauty products and the best colors to choose. If you don’t have experience with makeup, a certified cosmetologist can help.

Body Image

Both guys and girls feel insecure about their looks at least once during adolescence. This is a normal part of development. In addition to comparing themselves to their peers, the media exposes teens to idealized images of perfection. The WebMD article, “Help Teens Develop a Healthy Body Image” shares that you can help a teen have a more positive body image and self-esteem by setting a good example by not making negative comments about your own body or the looks of others 4. Compliment your teen about her own physical attributes without mentioning anything about her weight, emphasize your teen’s good qualities over her appearance and put a focus on health instead of beauty. It can also be valuable to talk to your teen about how the media makes ordinary people look “perfect” with photo manipulation, makeup tricks, cosmetic surgery and other techniques.