Today I went to a spa for my friend's sweet sixteen party and the facialist said that I should come back to have my blackheads and pimples extracted. The extractions cost $90 and I would have to come back every month for maintenance, but that is more than my parents are willing to pay. I am 15, and I was wondering if there was anything I could buy that is inexpensive but will still work. Also, are there any decently priced skin products that reduce aging? Preventative Penny
Dear Preventative Penny
There are tons of reasonably priced teenage products out there for you. You are never too young to start caring for your face, but you are only 15 so there really is no need for expensive treatments quite yet. It sounds like you need a good exfoliator for your blackheads and pimples. A good skin care regimen includes; exfoliating twice a week, washing day and night with a mild cleanser followed by a toner and moisturizer. And starting eye cream at an early age is good too. Clean and Clear's Blackhead Clearing Scrub is great for teens, and Neutrogena has an entire skin line devoted to teens. Try Neutrogena's Deep Clean Invigorating Scrub and see what you think. Keep in mind that you shouldn't over exfoliate - it can cause breakouts to irritate your skin too much. I think your facialist was trying to lure you back for another treatment. She knew you were new to this, but if you don't see pimples, then trust me, nobody else does either. Don't obsess over your skin yet - the best things you can do are to stay hydrated, keep your face clean and don't pick -- ever!