As much as we would like them to, unfortunately our children can't stay young forever. It's inevitable that they are going to grow up and experience all of the exciting, fun and scary aspects that puberty brings along with it. One of the not-so fun parts of puberty is the ever-changing balance of hormones which often effects the way skin behaves, with many tweens experiencing the emergence of oily T-zones, breakouts of blackheads and pimples, and in some instances, a more severe case of acne.

The tween years can be tough at the best of times, and being self-conscious about their skin is another worry they don't need. While there isn't any way to completely banish skin problems, there are certainly ways you can help your child minimise them. Introducing a good skincare routine when the signs of change appear, will contribute to healthy, happy skin. 


HORMONES

We love conscious.kin for their considered range of natural, organic, crafted products sourced exclusively from Australia and New Zealand. We spoke to Beauty Therapist and conscious.kin co-founder Melissa Kreuger about the changes that occur in children's skin during the pre-teen years. "It is good to note when thinking about the difference between boys and girls, is that puberty can begin earlier for girls. At puberty, an area in our brains, called the hypothalamus, begins to produce a hormone (commonly known as LHRH or luteinising hormone-releasing hormone) - and it is this hormone that stimulates the pituitary gland to make more of the trophic hormones. Which, without going into too much detail, means that the final hormones that are secreted can start a number of quite noticeable changes in physical appearance.

When talking about a person's skin around this time, androgen production is related to the biggest changes. Androgen travels around the body and carried hormonal messages that result in the growth of body hair, the development of body odour and the production of more and more sebum. All of this sebum production dilates the follicles and this is when 'pores' on the person's skin start to become easily visible. You may also have noticed the scalp becomes oilier as well due to androgen production."

Melissa notes that one of the most important things to remember is that while the first instinct of many tweens who are starting to develop an oily T-zone might be to strip their skin using harsh chemicals to achieve a 'squeaky clean' feeling, it could actually be doing them more harm than good. "By stripping the skin of all the naturally occurring oils, you can trigger the sebaceous glands to freak out and go into hyper-production which can make the existing skin concerns even worse," she said.


ROUTINE

So what products should your child be using? According to Melissa, "the best routine is to use a washable, foaming cleanser twice a day, followed by a gentle, low-pH toner. Your tween can also use a mild anti-acne product at night if necessary and during the day a light non-comedogenic moisturiser. And if needed, don't be afraid to seek help from a professional."

It is extremely important to keep it simple with skincare routines for tweens. Firstly, because there is already so much going on within their bodies, and secondly, because a young person will not be used to using daily skin care products and cannot be expected to remember or complete an intensive 7 step skincare routine twice a day!

Need some help finding the right products? Look no further; we've put together a list of some of our favourites. {Disclaimer} Both being mothers, we would never suggest a product that we wouldn't comfortably use on our own children. We've selected the products listed below based off our own research; their ingredients (natural/organic) and/or reviews plus we've either used them ourselves or would be more than happy to. These are not affiliate links nor is this a sponsored post, we have however included some products by the brands that are listed on our site for the reasons listed above. If you try any of these products or if you can recommend any others we would love to hear from you in the comments section below.


CLEANSE

Daily cleansing is the foundation of a good skincare routine and it's important that you set up good habits BEFORE major problems start arising. The ideal time to start the cleansing routine is when your tween starts showing the first signs of oiliness or breakouts. You want to choose a gentle cleanser that isn't going to damage their delicate pre-teen skin. Cleansers should be used both in the morning and in the evening to keep skin happy, healthy and looking its best but if you think that's too much for your child to remember then encourage an evening cleanse over a morning cleanse to begin with.

Zit Free Face Wash For Teens 150ml

Price: AUD$14.95

Why We Love It: This great priced cleanser is formulated using Guarana and Ginseng, which helps to balance the skin and stop breakouts in their track. Witch Hazel, Chamomile Extract, Coriander Oil, Rosemary and Patchouli essential oils also combine with the powerful immortelle essential oil to calm inflammation and heal spots, scars and prevent further breakouts. The best part? The packaging is super fun, even the boys will love reaching for it each day!

Purchase From: 808 Dude

Juniper Skincare Teen Cleanser 125ml

Price: AUD$24.95

Why We Love It: This water-based cleanser is specifically formulated to purify, cleanse and help mattify oily and acne prone skin. With a range of organic ingredients including Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel and Vitamin E, it helps to balance the skin's natural oils, reduce breakouts, relieve redness and calm irritations and inflammations.

Purchase From: Juniper

Good & Clean Cream Cleanser 95g

Price: AUD$27.95

Why We Love It: All Good & Clean products are cruelty-free, vegan and Australian made. That means no animal testing and no animal-derived ingredients in any of their products, ever. Their hydrating cream cleanser is gentle on skin but effective on dirt and makeup. With Aloe Vera, Calendula Flower Extract and Sweet Almond Oil that soothes and calms the skin as you cleanse.

Purchase From: conscious.kin


TONE

If your child has good skin, you could skip the added step of using a toner. But for those with larger pores, oily skin or acne, a good toner will ensure all the grease and grime has been removed. It's also useful for removing heavier products like sunscreen and makeup. It might be a bit of a stretch for a teen boy to add a toner to his routine, but it can also reduce ingrown hairs. Seems like a miracle product? With the right toner, you'll restore the skin's pH balance, reduce pore size, protect and moisturise.

Juniper Skincare Teen Treatment Mist 125ml

Price: AUD$25.95

Why We Love It: The Teen Treatment Mist is enriched with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants chosen for their toning, pore refining and oil balancing properties that restores the skins natural pH which is vital for teenage and acne prone skin. It can also be sprayed on the face a few extra times during the day as it contains good antibacterial properties to aid the skin.

Purchase From: Juniper

Good & Clean Toner 100g

Price: AUD$24.95

Why We Love It: This light toner combines uplifting citrus essential oils and Witch Hazel, which work together to leave your skin feeling refreshed and hydrated without any drying ingredients. Oh and 10% of every sale goes towards environmental conservation (you can choose between protecting and rescuing endangered turtles; protecting the Great Barrier Reef, or protecting and restoring the Daintree Rainforest). What's not to love?

Purchase From: conscious.kin


MOISTURISE

Keeping skin hydrated goes a long way towards creating a healthy, balanced complexion and reducing the amount of pimples, breakouts and oil that tweens and teens can experience. Cleansing, whilst essential, can sometimes dry the skin out, so you should get your child in the habit of always following up with a moisturiser.

Good & Clean Moisturiser 95g

Price: AUD$29.95

Why We Love It: This beautiful moisturiser with Sweet Almond and Rosehip oils that nourish and moisturise, and Aloe Vera and Calendula Flower Extract that soothe the skin will leave you feeling soft and hydrated. Oh and we haven't listed it here but you can also purchase the Good & Clean cleanser, toner and moisturiser plus some muslin cloths in a cost effective set.

Purchase From: conscious.kin

Luv Ur Skin Face Moisturiser 50ml

Costs: AUD$12.50

Why We Love It: A light weight face moisturiser that's been developed using key natural ingredients combined to calm, sooth and relax the skin. Formulated with Rosehip and Ginger Root Extract to provide nutrients that will keep your skin soft and nourished. The Plantolin® Extract also assists in providing anti-inflammatory properties to soothe and calm the skin. This moisturiser is suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin.

Purchase From: Luv Ur Skin 

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Juniper Skincare Teen Lotion 50ml

Price: AUD$34.95

Why We Love It: More than just a moisturiser, the Juniper Skincare Teen Lotion works to balance the skin’s natural oils, mattes the appearance and helping to control oily and acne prone skin. The lightweight, water based lotion means your tween will never even know they’re wearing it, while the organic properties of Aloe Vera, Green Tea and Vitamin E work to purify, balance and calm irritated and inflamed skin.

Purchase From: Juniper


EXFOLIATE

The point of exfoliation is to remove all of the dead skin cells, which at this age isn't always necessary. But if your child has particularly oily skin and you feel like the cleansing routine isn't enough, then you could try using a scrub once a week.

Luv Ur Skin Scrub Off Pure Bamboo Scrub 100ml

Price: AUD$15.50

Why We Love It: This gentle and effective face scrub helps maintain healthy skin by removing dry dead skin cells (without stripping natural oils) leaving a healthy clean glow. Enriched with Plantolin® Extract and Sweet Almond Oil to nourish and restore skin tone, whilst using the natural exfoliant of bamboo powder that offers the benefits of minerals and vitamins A, E and B6, to gently scrub and smooth, for naturally soft, clear skin.

Purchase From: Luv Ur Skin 

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Pollen Botanicals Honey & Sugar Exfoliator 80g

Price: AUD$34.95

Why We Love It:  Seasonal, hormonal and dietary influences have a profound effect on skin and can leave a dull or coarse surface. This Honey & Sugar Scrub was designed to combat these issues and specifically to help control monthly breakouts by effectively removing rough, dead skin cells and providing a clear, incredibly soft, glowing complexion. It does this by using three active ingredients - organic Raw Honey for its soothing and antibacterial properties, organic Sugar which breaks down into fine particles to help remove dead skin cells that can block pores, and organic Kiwi & Papaya Fruit extracts for their natural fruit acid exfoliation benefits. 

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Juniper Teen Exfoliant 100g

Price: AUD$32.95

Why We Love It: An indulgent exfoliating lotion enriched with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Contains free flowing micro-spheres of Jojoba beads that are non abrasive to the developing skin cells and effectively remove dull, dead cells and black & white heads whilst balancing the skins oil production leaving the skin feeling smooth toned and refreshed. 

Purchase From: Juniper 


PROTECT

As Australians, we understand the consequences of not using sun protection (we have one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world). Finding a non-toxic, light and non-greasy sunscreen can be challenging. Particularly if you want your children to use it regularly. These three sunscreens use zinc oxide as its active ingredient which acts as a physical barrier between the sun and your skin. Apply sunscreen AFTER moisturiser if going outdoors.

{SIMPLE as that} SPF30 Natural Sunscreen Lotion 100ml

Price: AUD$29.95

Why We Love It: This light-weight, non-greasy, preservative free, SPF 30 mineral sunscreen is suitable for the entire family and can be used on both face and body. With an uncompromising approach to quality and purity of ingredients, this sunscreen has been pharmacist formulated to safely provide broad spectrum protection from the suns UVA and UVB rays using Zinc Oxide as its active ingredient. Also containing Green Tea and Rosehip Oil, well known for their antioxidant properties, as well as their signature ingredient, Red Raspberry Seed Oil for its natural protection against UVA and UVB rays.

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Life Basics by Nourished Life SPF30 All Natural Facial Sunscreen Lotion 100ml

Price: AUD$24.95

Why We Love It: The Life Basics range by Nourished Life is made in Australia, vegan, cruelty-free and completely free of palm oil and its derivatives. Their SPF 30 All Natural Sunscreen has been created for daily facial use. It is a lightweight, non-greasy and easy to apply lotion at a very reasonable price and is suitable for use on the whole body and children. A broad spectrum sunscreen that has Calendula Extract for its anti-inflammatory properties, Green Tea for its antioxidants and Rosehip Oil to help nourish your skin along with the beautiful calming scent of Rose Geranium. 

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in B tween Skincare for Kids SPF15 B Sun Smart Sunscreen 60ml

Price: AUD$29.00

Why We Love It: B Sun Smart is a natural, lightweight moisturising sunscreen containing Zinc Oxide and Red Raspberry Seed Oil to protect against skin damaging UVA & UVB rays. We have tried this product and we love the smell and feeling of it on our skin (zero greasiness and rubs in well!)

Purchase From: in B tween Skincare


SCENT

Whilst not strictly skincare, this is a topic that comes up regularly in our community Facebook group. As your pre-teen goes through puberty they're also going to start developing their own unique smell. Deodorant is a must to keep your tween feeling fresh and smelling pleasant throughout their long days, especially in the warmer months and it's easy to introduce as part of their daily skincare routine.

No Pong Original All Natural Anti Odourant* 35g

Costs: AUD$5.95

Why We Love It: Out of every natural deodorant we have tried this is without a doubt our absolute favourite. Besides the fact that it actually works, we love it the most because of the consistency when you rub it on - super creamy and easy to apply. This ridiculously effective, super-natural, bicarb based deodorant will keep you fresh for up to 12 hours, and is completely aluminium, triclosan, and paraben free.

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*If you have sensitive skin you may react to this product in which case we would recommend the bi-carb free option which we have also tried and love!

808 Dude No More Stinky Pit Deodorant 50ml

Price: AUD$11.95

Why We Love It: This aluminium free, quick drying, all organic and natural deodorant provides a healthy choice for tweens and teens. The carefully selected organic essential oils of Bergamot, Cypress, Petitgrain, Mandarin, Geranium, Cardamom and Sandalwood all containing either antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, or anti-fungal properties while working alongside Zinc Gluconate, Bergamot and Balsam oils to kill the bacteria that is the cause of stinky pits. Also contains Aloe Vera to soothes and heals the skin. The result is a deodorant with a sweet, woody up-lifting scent that actually works and is loved and used by the boys in the Somewhere Between home.

Purchase From: 808 Dude

Dr. Hauschka Rose Deodorant 50ml

Price: AUD$29.00

Why We Love It: The Dr. Hauschka Rose Roll-On Deodorant provides gentle but effective protection to sensitive underarms. Housed in a recyclable glass bottle, the carefully selected combination of deodorising ingredients includes Jojoba Oil, Rose Water and Alchemilla and works to gently regulate perspiration while giving off a delicate rose fragrance. Certified Natural, non GMO, and Sustainably Sourced as well as Certified cruelty-free & vegan, this is on our shopping list to try next!

Purchase From: Nourished Life


OTHER

Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Treatment 12.5g

Price: USD$16.00

Why We Love It: This award winning ultra-rich and creamy whipped treatment is formulated with organic Lemon Oil to naturally exfoliate and Lanolin to hydrate leaving the lips fresh, soft and moist.

Purchase From: Nordstrom

Luv Ur Skin Vanilla Cream Lip Balm 10ml

Price: AUD$4.99

Why We Love It: Naturally formulated for young girls, this beautiful gloss uses pure Vanilla Extract that smells delicious while nourishing your lips. Enriched with Beeswax and Jojoba Seed Extract for amazing hydration and combined with the Plantolin® Extract to protect the lips.

Purchase From: Luv Ur Skin 

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808 Dude Clear Skin Spot Free Gel 50ml

Price: AUD$22.95

Why We Love It: The special combination of high-grade antibacterial Manuka Honey, Tamunu Seed Oil to promote the formation of new tissue, SeaBuckthorn Berry Oil known for its anti-acne properties, Argan Kernal Oil with its anti-inflammatory and anti-free radical activity, Immortelle with its pain reducing ability and natural Vitamin E combine together to make this a truly unique and active spot-healing product. Spots literally heal and disappear overnight!

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The Beauty Chef Glow Advanced Inner Beauty Powder 150g

Price: AUD$59.95

Why We Love It: Glow Advanced is a bio-fermented super-food beauty blend with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, essential fatty acids, amino acids and pre and probiotics designed to improve gut health and enhance the skin from the inside out. It's a drinkable tonic that supports efficient digestion and a healthy gut, which naturally results in long-lasting skin health and radiance. (YES we have tried this and YES we love it!) Containing 24 carefully selected skin-loving ingredients, including organic Maqui Berry, Chickpeas, Lentils, Mung Beans, Rice, Linseeds, Buckwheat, Millet, Alfalfa Seeds, Quinoa, Chia, Pepitas, Sunflower Seeds, Green Tea, Ginger, Turmeric and more. With no artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives, lactose, dairy or sugar, each jar of contains 30 serves and can be mixed with water, your favourite smoothie and YES it is fine for children. In fact, its a great way to supplement their diets and it tastes great. It's recommended 1/2 a teaspoon for a child under 10 and a full teaspoon for over 10. Always start off slowly with 1/8 teaspoon, and gradually build up the dose. 

Purchase From: The Beauty Chef