Acne in children and teens is becoming increasingly common. Here are some tips for how to respond if your kiddo comes to you with acne concerns.
- Do not dismiss or undermine their concern.
Acne can be an embarassing, painful condition and it can have devestating consequences for your child’s self-esteem. Do not dismiss it by saying things like “it will go away when you’re older” or “don’t focus on it so much.” Instead, empathize with them, assure them you will help them treat it, and remind them that acne does not change their self-worth.
2. Go to a dermatologist for further diagnosis and treatment options.
Acne often gets worse quickly, and it can lead to scarring on your child’s body. Take them to a dermatologist to learn about which treatment options are best for them. Don’t wait until it gets worse. You can find a dermatologist in your area at Find A Dermatologist (aad.org) and learn more about minimizing acne scars.
3. Give them a fresh pillowcase each night.
Pillowcases trap oil, sweat, dirt, hair products, and makeup. We spend around eight hours a night with our faces pressed against our pillowcase, and this can clog pores and lead to acne. Sleeping on a fresh pillowcase each night (or every few days) can work wonders for skin.
4. Ply them with fruits, vegetables, and lean meats, and minimize processed foods and dairy.
This is a good diet to have generally, but anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich foods are especially helpful for acne sufferers. Eliminating dairy and processed foods often minimizes breakouts. For meal ideas, check out this Quick Guide to Hack Nutrition for Clear Skin.
5. Get them a liter sized water bottle and encourage them to drink water. Green and blueberry teas are great additions or alternatives.
Drinking water flushes toxins out of the body, helps lower inflammation, and prevents dehydration of the skin. Aim for two liters of water (or tea) a day! The results will surprise you.