My Child Has Acne, What Do I Do?
The good news is, today I'm going to share with you 5 tips that will help you and your child tremendously.
Although acne most commonly affects teenagers, it is also often seen in children as young as 7 years old.
But no matter their age, gender or severity of symptoms, these tips will help you help them deal with their acne and reduce breakouts.
Be Accepting & Patient with Them
Acne does not affect only the skin, but also one's self esteem and sense of control.
That is why it is super important for you to be understanding and tolerant towards your child – even when they're cranky.
Remember, they are going through a tough time.
Teach Your Child Good Skincare Habits
Beginning around age 10, it is highly recommended for children to wash their face every night with mild soap and warm water.
Your child's skin is sensitive. Therefore, you should choose gentle products that do not contain any harsh chemicals.
Also, guide them not to scrub, as scrubbing will only lead to further irritation of the skin.
Use Mild Creams
After cleansing the face, apply a thin layer of a mild face cream, and gently massage the face.
It is commonly thought that with acne, one should not moisturize. But this is far from the truth.
Moisturization is important, as it balances and nourishes the skin – you just need to do it with the right cream.
Educate Your Child to a Hands-off Policy
Tell your child to not pick at their pimples, it will only make them worse!
Tell them you've been there and have literally done that, and that they absolutely shouldn't.
Explain that popping zits can aggravate acne, making pimples look more red and obvious, cause more breakout and can lead to scarring.
See a Doctor if You Feel You Have to
If your at-home treatment just isn't doing it, and your child is already too upset about their skin not improving – go see a dermatologist.
Unfortunately, in some cases, home treatment is not enough. But your dermatologist can help create a treatment plan that will definitely help your kid.