8 Of The Best Skincare Brands For Teenagers

According to a recent study, acne affects 85% of teenagers in the UK, while other conditions like eczema and rosacea are also incredibly common. As most skincare experts will tell you, less is often more, so it’s best to use gentle formulas and stay away from too many active ingredients. Here are the eight brands we recommend…
By Sherri Andrew & Rebecca Hull /

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Best For: Hormonal skin

About The Brand: Romanian-born chemist Mario Badescu launched his eponymous line in the 60s. Since then, it’s gained cult status in the beauty world thanks to its innovative formulas that come at an affordable price and do what they say on the tin. Ideal for treating hormonal breakouts and taking care of sensitive skin, the range is full of simple products that don’t contain a long list of complicated ingredients. The Acne Facial Cleanser contains a soothing mixture of aloe vera, chamomile, and thyme to remove dirt and make-up, while its toners are a friendly way to introduce teenagers to a simple routine of ‘cleanse, tone, moisturise’. Our favourite product? The Drying Lotion, an on-the-spot solution containing salicylic acid, sulfur and zinc oxide which helps calm spots, reduce redness and prevent future blemishes . 

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

Best For: Stressed skin

About The Brand: Much like adult skin, children’s skin can be affected by stress, resulting in breakouts, redness, dryness or a dull complexion. Cue Nip + Fab, which has a dedicated teen skincare range to help tackle stress and external aggressors. Suitable for older teens, products contain ingredients such as salicylic acid, niacinamide and wasabi extract to penetrate deep into pores. Those with oily skin types should start with the Fix Pore Blaster Day Wash to remove oil and dirt, before moving onto the Salicylic Acid Night Pads or Salicylic Acid Tonic, which both contain witch hazel and lotus flower to remove bacteria and reduce oil. One of the most affordable options on this list, it’s a great high-street option teens can try before moving onto the main range. 

Available at LOOKFANTASTIC.com

Best: All-rounder

About The Brand: Regular SL readers will know we love CeraVe’s affordable, efficacious products, so it’s no surprise to see it make this list. Popular with dermatologists and skincare experts who love its gentle formulas and no-frills approach, CeraVe focuses on maintaining the barrier function of the skin, which is the key to a good complexion. Ingredients like ceramides, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, which help restore and hydrate skin, are gentle enough for teenagers with sensitive skin and those prone to hormonal breakouts. The Foaming Cleanser for Normal To Oily Skin is a must-try, while the AM Facial Moisturising Lotion is a great way to introduce teens to SPF – it’s lightweight and undetectable.

Available at Boots.com

Best For: Sensitive skin

About The Brand: This sustainable British brand takes a similarly simple approach to skincare. With only seven products in the range, each one is designed to help calm and restore sensitive skin types – even those with eczema and rosacea can use it. You’ll find ingredients like rose water, cocoa seed butter and magnolia leaf extract on the back of each bottle, all of which help restore the skin’s natural barrier and keep it hydrated. The bestselling Rose Jelly Gentle Makeup Remover never strips the skin thanks to its jelly-like texture, while the Tripler 3in1 Exfoliating Clay is a must-try for teens prone to breakouts, especially around the chin and jawline. Extra points go to Plenaire’s sleek packaging. 

Available at SpaceNK.com

Best For: Hair and body care

About The Brand: This brand was created by beauty editor and mum-of-two Charlotte-Anne Fidler who struggled to find the right skin, hair and bath products for her children. The range tackles a range of problems most teenagers face at some point, like breakouts and greasy hair, and everything is made in England with natural ingredients and zero parabens or phthalates. The hero product is the Gentle Cleansing Lotion which contains peppermint, lavender, kukui (a soothing oil that lifts dirt and doesn’t clog pores), and virgin coconut oil to hydrate, but we also rate the body and hair range, especially the Shampoo & Body Wash which helps tame frizzy strands and leaves skin feeling super fresh.

Available at Spots-And-Stripes.com

Best For: Agitated skin

About The Brand: Bioderma was created by scientists and dermatologists to help solve common skincare issues. Today, the extensive range focuses on looking after skin without overloading it with too many ingredients. The Sebium range is great for acne-prone skin types and was made to be used alongside medication like Accutane. Ingredients like ginkgo biloba leaf extract, mushroom extract and glycerin aid agitated skin without stripping it of all moisture. Bioderma’s SPF also comes highly rated and is lightweight enough for teens to apply on its own or under make-up. Not sure where to start? The Sensibio Micellar Water gently cleanses skin and leaves it feeling refreshed, while the Face and Body Cleanser is a great choice for teens who don’t like to use too many products.

Available at FeelUnique.com

Best For: A simple routine

About The Brand: BYOMA is the brainchild of skincare extraordinaire Marc Elrick (the same guy behind Tan Luxe) and its products are designed to protect the skin barrier from environmental aggressors like pollution, UV rays and blue light from screens. With a ‘no-nonsense’ approach to things, the small range only contains seven products, including the Jelly Cleanser which contains antioxidant-rich liquorice root and green tea extract to help maintain the skin’s PH balance, and the Clarifying Serum which gently exfoliates skin and unclogs pores, minimising the occurrence of breakouts. 

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk

Best For: Older teens

About The Brand: Clarins is a revered name in the beauty industry, but did you know that it had a range specifically for older teenagers? MyClarins contains 95% natural ingredients, like plant extracts and oils, to help cleanse, moisturise and protect young skin. A good entry point into the luxury skincare world, there’s not a single trace of parabens, sulphates or phthalates and the range is completely vegan, too. Catering for a wide range of skincare concerns, there are several products to choose from including micellar waters, cleansers, and blemish gels to tackle pesky breakouts. The Re-Boost Matifying Hydrating Cream for Oily Skin does a great job at keeping shine at bay, while the Re-Fresh Hydrating Beauty Mist acts as a gentle introduction to setting sprays and hydrating mists. Look out for MyClarins make-up, too, from glow-enhancing shimmer drops to pretty blusher sticks. 

Available at Boots.com

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