ACNE EXPLAINED

ACNE EXPLAINED

If you are a parent with tweens or teens, chances are, you’re heading towards puberty and will potentially see signs of acne down the track. Acne is unfortunately a skin condition that many adolescents develop during their teenage years. When a teen experiences acne, depending on the severity of it, it can cause self-esteem and confidence issues. That is why it is important that you work with your children to help them develop a skincare routine that helps to reduce the effects of acne developing and keeps their skin feeling clean and bacteria free. Let’s take a look at acne, what it is, why does it develop, and how we help our tweens and teens to manage it?


What is acne?

Acne is a condition that is caused by inflammation of the hair follicles on the skin. The most common areas that acne effects are the face, back and chest – however you can have it pop up on other parts of the body as well. 
 

Why does acne appear?

There are a number of reasons that your tween or teen may develop acne. One reason is due to the hormonal changes that happen during the teenage years. At the start of puberty androgen hormones are released. These hormones cause the oil glands in the skin to expand and start producing larger amounts of oil. 

The acne can then develop due to the bacteria on your skin digesting the oils. Acne can show itself in a number of ways including blackheads, whiteheads and cysts. When severe, acne can cause permanent scarring to the skin.

 

What can we do to reduce the risks of acne?

Due to the hormonal changes that can happen and the environment factors around us, it is difficult to completely remove the risk of getting acne. However there are a few things that your teen can do to help reduce the risk of getting it and also reduce the severity if they do develop it. 

The first step is to talk with your tween or teen about skin care products. It is important at their age to have a good skincare routine in place. A daily skincare routine can help to manage small outbreaks that they may have. Help them to keep their skin feeling soft and gentle. And help keep the bacteria and oils at bay.

The next thing to do is explain to your tweens and teens why squeezing pimples is a big no no. This can cause further irritation to the skin and potential scaring. As hard as it may be, they need to avoid touching and irritating the affected area.

 

What is involved in a good skincare routine?

There are a couple of simple steps in a good skincare routine. Firstly, look for products that are aimed at your tween or teen’s age group. These products won’t include harmful ingredients or alcohol, which can damage and irritate their skin. 

A cleanser is the first step in the routine, followed by a nourishing serum and then a moisturiser to leave the skin soft and supple. These three steps help to clean the skin and keep it protected from environmental factors that can contribute to breakouts and acne.

It is important to note that while a good skincare routine is important, some acne cannot be solved with simply washing the skin. In some cases prescription medication is required to clear severe cases of acne. If your tween or teen is experiencing relentless breakouts, speak to your GP, who can give you the best advice on what to do. 

Acne can be hugely damaging to a tween or teens self-esteem. It is important to let your tween or teen know that it won’t last forever. They may be feeling self-conscious and their confidence may lessen, but reminding them they are beautiful on the inside and out and that breakouts are a phase that we all go through, may help to alleviate any stress or angst over it.

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DRY SKIN EXPLAINED

DRY SKIN EXPLAINED

Throughout our tween and teen years, there are a lot of changes that take place. Our bodies change. Our hormones change. Even our personalities and things we are into change. With so many changes all happening at once, it can be daunting. Not knowing what is happening, why the changes are going on, and what to do about them. Skin concerns are something that many teens face at some point. Dry skin is something that many teens face.

Let’s take a closer look at dry skin, what causes it and how to reduce the risks of it. 


What is dry skin?

Dry skin is skin that has developed a dry top layer to it. The skin on top can feel rough to the touch. It can be irritating and feel sore. And it can appear to be red, or have a dried white look to it. 

Dry skin develops when there are factors that are not agreeing with the skin and the body is fighting them off. The reasons behind dry skin are different for everyone and there is no one thing in particular that causes it. 


What causes dry skin?

Dry skin has occurred for a number of reasons. A few reasons can include:

Hormonal changes – The changes that our bodies are going through including the changes to our hormones can cause havoc on our skin. It can cause it to become dry, irritated, and itchy at times.

Environmental factors – There are a number of environmental factors that can cause our skin to become dry and itchy These include:

    • The weather – Both hot and cold weather changes can cause problems with our skin, especially if we are not ready for it. This can include the humidity changes as well
    • Pollen – During Springtime when the new flowers are starting to blossom, this can cause concerns not just with your sinuses but also with your skin
    • Personal factors – There are a number of personal factors that can cause skin concerns such as excessive exercise, dehydration and poor skin care

What can I do about dry skin?

The first thing you need to do is try to be proactive and avoid dry skin appearing. This can be achieved by keeping hydrated, having a good skincare routine in place, and looking after your skin when you are outside in the different weather elements. 

A good skincare routine can help to keep your skin clean and remove any bacteria and dead skin that is building up on it. By removing this, there is less chance of the skin becoming irritated and dry due to dirt and oils. 

If you do develop patches of dry skin, it is best you don’t start scratching – as difficult as that might be. Use a quality moisturiser that is suited for your skin type and apply multiple times per day. 

Continue with your skincare routine and washing your face and body regularly to reduce the risk of more patches developing. 

Dry skin is inevitable for many people, but by being proactive means you can reduce your chances of it developing.

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7 SIGNS YOUR KIDS ARE USING THE WRONG SKINCARE PRODUCTS

7 SIGNS YOUR KIDS ARE USING THE WRONG SKINCARE PRODUCTS

As Mothers ourselves, we are very cautious about what products we buy for our children. But even with amazing claims, how do we know if they are doing more harm than good? See below, the top indications your kids are using the wrong products for their skin.

1 Dryness and peeling skin

If your child’s skin is naturally dry or tight then harsh products such as a foaming cleanser can result in additional dryness, stinging, or peeling skin. If a product is dehydrating your skin, irritating or causing dryness, it could be stripping the skin of its natural protective oils.

 

2 Rash

We can all develop a random rash for various reasons but a rash is often an indication that your skin is allergic to an ingredient in a product. Rashes caused by skincare are often due to preservatives and artificial fragrances added to products which is why the It’s Clancy, Yo! brief to our formulator strictly excluded these things. 

 

3 Long lasting breakouts 

Our skin can sometimes go through what is known as “purging” when we try new products that contain a group of active ingredients. These ingredients can speed up cell turnover resulting in sebum, flaking skin and other pore clogging buildup to come up to the surface. Because we do not have any retinoids, acids, or peels in our products we do not expect your kids to experience purging using It’s Clancy, Yo! range. 

 

4 Unusually oily skin

If your child is experiencing more oil on their skin than normal, it could be due to overuse of a product or the product itself is causing the oil glands to produce more oil to combat any damage or dryness caused. Our products are formulated for young and sensitive skin in mind.

 

5 Burning or stinging sensation

If your child’s skin feels like it is burning or stinging advise them to wash the product off immediately. This could be caused by our kids using products developed for more mature skin, or they may be having a reaction to an ingredient. Our products are derived from what Mother Nature created for us so the risk of this happening is extremely low (and we have never received any feedback regarding a reaction).

We always recommend a patch test first. You can find directions here: https://itsclancyyo.com.au/product-info/

 

6 Itching skin

Fragrance is a big contributor of children developing an irritation in the form of itching on their skin. If your child’s face becomes red, hot or itchy, it’s likely due to an artificial fragrance or a highly concentrated fragrance oil. All of our products are mildly fragranced with plant extracts and have been tested on faces from 6 years of age without reaction.

 

7 Hives

Hives are a big indication that your child’s skin is not loving a particular ingredient found in a product. The presence of hives does not necessarily indicate that the product is not suited to your child’s skin type however the reaction may be due to an allergen and discontinuation of use is advised. We selected our ingredients very wisely keeping in mind common allergies in children eg. nuts and gluten. We always recommend patch testing first. 

 

If you’re nervous about your child trying something new, or don’t want too big an investment to begin with, give our trial size trio packs a go! 

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FIRST STOP: DISCOVERING YOUR CHILD’S SKIN TYPE.

FIRST STOP: DISCOVERING YOUR CHILD’S SKIN TYPE.

Is your child interested in trying some skincare products but you have no idea where to start? We’ve got chu! We have allll been there before. Determining your skin type can be tricky but it is the first step in starting your skincare journey or some new products so let’s dive in.

What are the different skin types?

There are 2 different skin ranges that we believe tweens and teens fall under. The YOUNG & SENSITIVE or YOUNG, OILY & SENSITIVE skin ranges. Of course you can break that down into more targeted types. You will see what we mean below:

Does my child fall under the YOUNG & SENSITIVE range?

The YOUNG & SENSITIVE range covers young and sensitive, normal, dry and some combination skin types.

If your child:

  • Identifies as a tween or teen 8 years +
  • Finds that some skincare products irritates their skin 
  • Finds that they have some dry patches on their skin that may feel tight or rough or look dull
  • Notices that their skin has some oily patches in some areas but dry patches in others 
  • Feels like their skin is neither oily nor dry

Or, if they:

  • Are new to using skincare products and want to start with a gentle approach

Then chances are, our YOUNG & SENSITIVE range will be perfect for them to try. 

Check out our products we have formulated for tweens & teens with young and sensitive skin types.

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Does my child fall under the YOUNG, OILY & SENSITIVE range?

The YOUNG, OILY  & SENSITIVE range covers young, oily and sensitive skin, oily skin and some combination skin types.

If your child:

  • Identifies as a tween or teen 8 years +
  • Does not typically react poorly to skincare products 
  • Finds that they have oily skin or a shiny face
  • Finds they have enlarged pores or skin blemishes

Then chances are, our YOUNG, OILY & SENSITIVE range will be perfect for them to try. 

Check out our products we have formulated for tweens & teens with young, oily and sensitive skin types.

 

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If you have read this far, thank you and NICE WORK! 

Hopefully by now you feel confident enough to help your child select their skin type range, and reassured by the lists of beautiful ingredients nature has provided us with to head on over to www.itsclancyyo.com.au to make your first purchase.

Any questions? Please flick us an email at hello@itsclancyyo.com.au.  We would be happy to help you out.

 

5 STEPS TO A GREAT SKINCARE REGIME

5 STEPS TO A GREAT SKINCARE REGIME

We understand the importance of looking after our skin and the benefits of starting this journey early. We also understand the types of products that would be safe and effective for our kids, and which ones can wait until their skin is more mature. But how do we get our tweens and teens on the skincare regime train headed for so-fresh-and-so-clean(ville)? How do we get our kids interested, motivated and (perhaps a stretch), EXCITED about looking after their body’s largest organ?

STEP 1: EDUCATION

Help your kids understand the need for a skincare regime. Talk to them about their skin, the importance of keeping it clean and moisturised. Explain to them the different concerns that can arise from unmaintained skin, and the protection that it needs. Once they wrap their heads around the education surrounding this, they are more likely to want to do something about it. 

 

STEP 2: DEMONSTRATION

The first few times, our kids may be unsure of what to do. Why not get in there and show them? You could assist them by helping them wash their faces, or you could be in there completing your own regime whilst they are doing theirs. They can watch and learn from you being a great example. Doing it together also shows that you believe in the importance of a daily regime yourself and this could be a great motivation. 

STEP 3: SIMPLIFICATION 

The last thing you want to do is put together a 10 step regime that takes an hour to complete. The more difficult and time consuming it is, the less likely they are to stick to it. Get them into a quick and simple regime that does not add pressure to them or their day. By having it quick and simple, they will be able to get it over and done with in no time and get back to what they want to be doing. A quick tip would be to store the cleanser in the shower for some quick multi-tasking!  

STEP 4: ORGANISATION

Another way to get our kids motivated is by setting their skincare regime out as a checklist on display. Having a laminated sheet in the bathroom with the steps listed will help them to remember the order that they need to be done in, and they can mark them off as they go. Seeing their results in front of them and knowing that they have completed the steps will give them a sense of achievement and hopefully develop a newfound daily habit!

STEP 5: PRESENTATION

Why not assist your kids with creating their own space on the vanity or on a shelf where they can have their products ready to go. By having them in sight and readily available, should prompt them to complete their daily regimes when entering the room. The team at It’s Clancy, Yo! spent a LOT of time working on label designs for this very reason!

 

As mothers ourselves, we get how “unique?” tweens and teens can be! We hope these tips will assist you and your kids in developing healthy skincare habits and a great daily regime.

 

For more information flick us an email at hello@itsclancyyo.com.au.

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WHEN IS A GOOD TIME FOR  KIDS TO START A DAILY SKINCARE REGIME?

WHEN IS A GOOD TIME FOR KIDS TO START A DAILY SKINCARE REGIME?

As adults, we know how important it is to look after our skin.

I don’t know about you but the team at It’s Clancy, Yo! OFTEN comment on how they wish they started a skincare regime earlier and had more education available to them. The sun, the environment, our lifestyles, and the foods we eat can all contribute to how our skin holds up over time. Because of this, we are passionate about Aussie kids having early education, availability of safe, natural and effective products, and taking pride in looking after themselves and their skin!

So when is a good time for our kids to start a daily skincare regime? 

 

Get ahead of the game

If you look at your child’s skin at around the 6 year mark, you will probably be filled with envy. Their skin is comparable to a baby’s bottom – so soft and flawless. The skin we all dream about. Believe it or not, from about 8 years of age is a great time to be educating your children about skincare, and showing them how to look after their skin. Using a cleanser designed for sensitive and young skin when showering will help them remove dirt and impurities before any build up takes place on the skin. 

 

Start before puberty hits

Ah puberty! Fun times (NOT!)! With all the changes and new-found-feels, our self-esteem and confidence can really take a good hit. A big change can be noticed in our skin. Although acne can not always be prevented, having an early skin care regime in place prior to this time can really help our kids stay on top of things. Early intervention is the best solution for keeping their skin calm and clean. 

What is included in a skin care regime?

A skin care regime may change over time. Products that are being used as a teen won’t necessarily be the products our kids use into their adult lives. This is because their skin is changing and so is its needs. Hello wrinkles!

For 8-14 year olds, a good skin care regime should include a super gentle cleanser, moisturiser and sunscreen at the minimum. As puberty approaches we recommend a spot treatment or a calming serum to keep skin in tip top condition. 

  • A cleanser will clean away any dirt and impurities on the skin 
  • A spot gel assists with calming any painful, red or infected spots on the skin
  • A serum is a great booster for the skin, locking that moisture in
  • A moisturiser promotes hydration in the skin to maintain that soft, youthful face
  • A sunscreen protects the skin from the sun’s UV rays – preventing sunburn and premature ageing

What’s important to add is that the regime should be consistent and regular. Getting our kids into the habit of daily cleansing and moisturising will help them to keep skin concerns at bay and stay on top of their skin. 

 

How do I know which products to use?

Our tweens and teens have sensitive and delicate skin, so it’s important to choose products that will compliment and promote this. 

100% natural products that contain zero of the industry nasties floating around is the way forward for our kids.

Did you know It’s Clancy, Yo! says NO to: 

  • Parabens
  • Sulphates
  • Phthalates
  • Petrochemicals
  • Synthetic colours
  • Artificial fragrances
  • Silicones
  • Hormone Disruptors
  • Ethanolamine Compounds
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Mineral Oils
  • Triclosan 
  • EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid)
  • Animal Product

That list is crazy isn’t it? Sadly, many low value skincare products are filled with these cheap and nasty supplements. High quality, nature derived ingredients is what our skin craves, and deserves.  

To recap: A skincare regime is important at all ages. We recommend that around 8 years of age is a great time to really start teaching your children how to look after their skin. They are at an age where they can begin to do it themselves and also understand the importance of it. 

The team at It’s Clancy, Yo! are passionate about education surrounding starting skincare habits early. We are all about providing 100% safe, natural and effective products to set Aussie kids up for a future of clean and healthy looking skin.  We hope these tips assist with developing early skincare habits. 

 

If you enjoyed this blog, you may find the blog 5 STEPS TO A GREAT SKINCARE REGIME interesting and useful! 

Any questions please flick us an email at hello@itsclancyyo.com.au.

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