Is Your Skin Determined as Young Adults? Pt. 2


Why, In My 30’s, I Care About Teen Skin

Acids are a popular skin treatment in current skin trends. We have some new types such as Lactic Acid, Azelaic acid, and Ferulic acid. Then there are some of the OG types as well, like Glycolic acid and Salicylic acid. How many of you use acids on a daily or even weekly basis? And how long have you been using them?

I’ve been familiar with salicylic acid since my teens. I’ve had dramatic skin since a child but most of it was allergic, sensitive and rashy. Then, in my teens, is when I really started to see the excess oil production and rough texture develop on my skin. My solution: salicylic acid obsessively, with no care to my reactive skin whatsoever and under the guidance of a dermatologist. I can’t really remember if it helped because my face was either red or sensitive with rough patches on my forehead and nose consistently. I also had no idea what I was doing because I used everything from cleansers to treatments all with salicylic acid in it.

Teens and young adults are where we believe the idea of skincare starts to take root and especially with those teens that have dramatic skin like me. Stress, environment, hormones are just a few triggers to changing skin and as the impulsive teen I was, you think using a certain ingredient in every step of your routine will eradicate it.

 For you or any teens in your life:

  • The most important teen skin product is your cleanser (link)
    • COSMRESEARCH cleansers include no soap, no preservatives, and no fragrances.
  • 50% cure rate for people who take Accutane (aka Isotretinoin, a naturally occurring derivative of vitamin A) (American Osteopathic College of Dermatology)
    • Accutane, taken by mouth, has been discontinued in 2009
    • Retin-A, aka tretinoin, a topical derivative of vitamin A, is still available
  • The 2 main ingredients for most teen skincare are Salicylic acid (BHA) or Benzoyl peroxide
    • Salicylic acid is registered as OTC-drug with the FDA, and formulations containing salicylic acid + facilities must be registered with the FDA and operate under cGMP
    • 2% is the recommended amount of salicylic acid in topical acne treatments
    • Benzoyl peroxide is a topical antiseptic and used in concentrations of 2-10% and has bleaching + sensitivity effects (link)

Acids and acne type treatments are still a popular method for teens and adults alike. As careful as teens should be with their young temperamental skin, I think this research is just as important to adults who are currently using similar formulas to fight aging.

What concerns us, and what I would’ve advised my younger self, is to take a breather on the overuse of soap and acids and peroxide and whatever else miracle ingredient exists all at once. We also believe mixing soap with any other powerful ingredients is a risky game to play.

We are dedicated to creating options for teens and adults. Creating formulations for any skin type and especially if you do indeed embark on stronger treatments.