Pimples are a natural part of growing up, but they are definitely not fun, at any age. They can be physically painful, and they can take a toll mentally or emotionally as well. It’s important to teach your kids not only how to treat them, but also how to prevent them in the first place and keep their skin healthy.
Parents can help by teach kids how to keep those pesky pimples at bay. I reached out to the folks at Ottilie & Lulu, mom-owned company offers a line of gentle, natural skin care solutions for teens and tweens, and they offered these skin care tips:
- Wash the face daily.
In teens and tweens, hormones are raging. This can cause oily, greasy skin, and if the face isn’t washed enough, this oil can build up in the pores, causing visible blemishes and pimples. Buy a gentle facial cleanser, and encourage your child to use it once in the morning (before putting on makeup) and once before bed.
- Be diligent around the T-zone.
The T-zone is the danger zone when it comes to pimples. It’s the T-shaped area that includes the forehead, the bridge of the nose and the chin—areas that are particularly prone to acne. Give your child some handy, on-the-go facial wipes with guidance on how to wipe down the T-zone regularly—at least once or twice during the school day. It will do wonders for keeping pimples away.
- Keep hair clean.
This might sound unrelated, but dirty, oily hair can actually cause pimples, too—especially on the upper part of the forehead. Washing hair at least once a day can help prevent this. If your child plays sports or gets particularly sweaty during the day, encourage him or her to wear a sweatband or headband to keep that oily residue from touching the face.
In the event pimples do crop up, encourage your son or daughter to be gentle. Pinching, squeezing and popping are only going to irritate the skin more, and this can even make the acne look more noticeable and cause permanent scarring. In fact, my dermatologist urges kids to not pop pimples, ever.
When dealing with pimple, try a gentle spot treatment—one that has natural, calming ingredients and NO salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, which can dry out and further irritate delicate young skin. (I wish I had known that back when I was a kid!)
Teaching your child these guidelines early on will help promote healthy skin for many years to come, and help increase your child’s confidence so he or she can focus on what’s important: family, friends, learning, growing and having fun. That said, puberty can bring on a whole host of issues, and acne can be really problematic. If skin issues are impacting your child, don't be afraid to seek out help from a medical professional.
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