How to Treat Acne in Children
Acne is a common form of skin irritation that affects millions worldwide. Unfortunately children are prone to developing acne through puberty where the body produces more oil and results in clogging and trapping pores causing inflammation of the skin, pimples, redness and a horrible longing itchy sensation. It’s a very common question to ask “how to treat acne in children” and it can be helped in a number of ways. Remember acne cannot be prevented but treated and in most causes simple solutions and some do’s and not to do’s will help to prevent flare ups.
Some simple myths about acne:
- 1) Acne is not caused because of food types such as chocolate or fried food / fast food. It is understood that certain hot spiced food may cause a heat rash that can lead to the affected pimpled area becoming inflamed.
- 2) Acne is not contagious from one person to another
- 3) You cannot prevent acne from developing in children; unfortunately what is meant to be is meant to be but you certainly can control and restrain it.
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If your child has developed acne please look out for psychological change or signs of withdrawal or depression. Many parents pass acne off as a mild effect but studies have shown that acne can lead to depression in teens. Like sex education it is advisable to have a talk with your children regarding acne and reassure them that it in a natural process for many going through puberty.
Important signs relating to depressive acne are:
- a) Spending to much time in the bedroom
- b) Unwillingness to mix with friends or family
- c) Coming home from school in bad form (maybe getting bullied)
- d) Becoming upset if you mention acne or a visit to a doctor / dermatologist
- e) Eating less in fear of setting off a reaction
Helping your child through acne as apposed to looking for a miracle cure is most important. I should know I had it and developed it bad. A visit to your doctor or dermatologist will certainly help when choosing products. Different skin types and different forms of acne require individual treatments. Understanding how to treat acne in children will really help through the difficult years. Advice is the key and simple procedures can help such as:
- 1) Do not squeeze blackheads or pimples as this may lead to inflammation of the skin causing itchiness.
- 2) If the area has no pimples but is itchy and red in color do not scratch. Your child’s body will naturally produce more oil resulting in prolonged redness and irritation.
- 3) Keep oily hands away from the affected area. Wash hands at least twice a day with a mild soap with body neutral ph values
- 4) Do not wear clothing around the neck that may lead to irritation such as woolen scarf
- 5) Avoid as much as possible area’s of extreme heat or extreme cold.
- 6) Do not mix treatments unless told otherwise by a professional.
Acne tends to leave people by early twenties. I have not mentioned in this article different products that may help as it is really a professional decision to issue medication. As a past sufferer from acne I urge any parent who needs to know how to treat acne in children to consult with a doctor or preferably a dermatologist. Different acne’s such as: Neonatal, Comedonal, inflammatory, Infantile and adult all are different forms that may require different treatments.
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