Do you have a son or daughter in their teens? Teen years is when everything is melodramatic. Everything feels like the end of the world. This is also when pimples start to pop up (as if teenage life is not hard enough). As a mother you would always want to protect your children from anything no matter how old they may be. And this includes protecting them from the physically and emotionally scarring stage of acne breakouts.
Moms, you can help your teens cope with acne better. First off, here are some important things you need to know.
Acne, What is it?
Before your children hit puberty they should know that acne breakouts will be highly possible. As children transition to their teenage years, going through puberty stage, their hormones start going haywire. Their changing hormone levels combined with the bacteria-causing acne which normally resides on the skin cause those terrible breakouts. And it seems that breakouts happen almost every time you want to look dashing and beautiful as ever. Talk about breakouts happening just a day before junior or senior prom, graduation, a party, and other important occasions for teens.
Dealing with Acne
When it comes to solving acne problems, teens would usually consult each other. However most of the time they share wrong information about acne and wrong treatments as well. Before acne breakouts start, it is better that you talk to your teens about this skin problem, how to prevent breakouts and how to treat them.
Moms, here are some things you can do to help prevent acne breakouts from worrying your teens.
- Make sure that you get your teens a mild soap minus any fragrance.
- Tell your teens never to wash their face with body wash and that they only wash the face twice a day, once in the morning and once at night.
Here’s what you moms can do once your teens experience skin breakouts.
- The best thing to do is take your teens to the dermatologist’s office. The skin doctor can assess the acne and recommend treatments, either pills or topical ointments. Be sure that your teens follow the dermatologist’s advice on application or intake of prescribed acne medication.
- For mild to moderate acne, let your teens use Argan oil on their face, once in the morning and once before bedtime. Argan oil has long been believed to help mild to moderate cases of acne. However there haven’t been much scientific studies done on this subject to prove this. The oil contains essential fatty acids and essential fatty acids are believed to help bring down overproduction of sebum which experts believe causes acne.The oil also contains Vitamin E which is believed to help promote faster wound healing, prevent scarring and minimize the appearance of scars.
- You can also go to the drugstore and get an over the counter acne treatment that has benzoyl peroxide. Dab the medication directly on your teen’s pimples. This medication usually solves the problem.
- Serve your teens meals packed with nutrients that are great for the skin. Leafy greens and fish contain antioxidants and essential fatty acids that are great for the skin.
Do you have other recommendations for treating teen acne? Feel free to share your ideas!