How To Keep Your Child's Skin Clear (And Why They're Getting Spots in the First Place)

Spots are frustrating at any age, but can be particularly troublesome in tweens and teens. This is because their hormones are fluctuating, and these have a direct impact on the condition of their skin.

In today's post, we're going to break down the 5 most common skin problems your son or daughter might be experiencing, and how you can help them combat them:

1. Acne/Spots

Spots can be caused by bacteria as well by hormones. An excess of bacteria can be caused by the pH levels of your skin being imbalanced. If you wear make-up or if your child does, then spots can be caused by not properly cleansing your face and removing it thoroughly. We don't recommend face wipes to do this (more on this next time) but instead using a gentle cleanser and/or make up remover.

Acne is more than just your average breakout. Acne is characterised by spots that develop in the centre of your cheeks and on your forehead, and it's most commonly caused by a hormone imbalance.

Which means if your child is nearing puberty, chances are they'll be experiencing more spots that usual.

Stress can also be a factor with acne, which is a self-fulfilling cycle as acne itself can cause stress in teenagers and young people.

What can help fix acne?

For a lot of tweens and teens, over-the-counter acne remedies can work well. However, these often contain benzoyl peroxide as the active ingredient, which is too harsh for younger skin. Benzoyl peroxide works by reducing the amount of acne-causing bacteria and by causing the skin to dry out and peel, and this is far too severe for young skin.

2. Oily Skin

Vitamin A is great for oily skin. It is the only thing that can physically change your skin. It's applied gradually and, over the course of time, the dosage increased as your skin is able to handle it. This is something you should contact a skincare professional to talk about, or book a free consultation to discuss.

What you shouldn't do is try and combat the excess oil by over-cleaning your face, or encouraging your child to wash their face more regularly. Soap strips the good, fatty oils from your face, so you should use a gentle cleanser and wash your face no more than twice daily.

You also shouldn't stop moisturising. I know this sounds counter-productive, but oil and moisture aren't the same thing. Whilst it's tempting to skip moisturising when you have oily skin, moisturising can actually help - especially if your cream contains Vitamin A.

3. Sweating

Sweating can be a major problem for teenagers, although the cause behind it could be one of two things.

Stress can induce excess sweating, especially your child notices it more considerably underneath their armpits.

If this is the case, you need to buy them a max-strength anti-perspirant which can help reduce the output. Anti-perspirants work by plugging the sweat ducts, so the sweat isn't able to reach the skin.

If your child experiences heavy sweating on a regular basis, this could be medical condition called 'hyperhydrosis', which is when you sweat considerably under the arms, on the palms of your hands, the soles of your feet and occasionally your face as well.

If you think your child is experiencing hyperhydrosis, book a free skincare consultation or speak to your GP.

4. Warts

Warts are super common in teenagers. They are caused by a virus and tend to impact teenagers more so than adults.

They are typically flesh coloured, but they can occasionally come up as darker than your natural skin tone. They are commonly found underneath fingernails, on your hands or on the soles of your feet.

What can help fix warts?

There are a number of treatments to fix warts, including freezing them off or using laser or chemical treatment.

The best way to avoid getting warts is to avoid biting your nails or injuring your hands, as this allows bacteria underneath the skin. This is why skin that is injured is more susceptible to warts.

If you think your child is experiencing warts, you should speak to your GP about treatment options.

5. Eczema

Eczema is patches of dry, scaly and reddened skin that is most commonly found on the hands, knees and elbows.

You can help alleviate the symptoms of eczema by making sure you moisturise problem areas with a thick moisturiser after showering, sports and going outside in cold weather, as all of these activities can dry the skin out and cause irritation.

If you're not sure, you can book a free skin consultation for you or your son or daughter here

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