January 27, 2023

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Not Just For Teens – Does Your Baby Or Toddler Suffer From Acne?

Did you know that even babies get acne, not just teens?

Acne is associated with teenagers, but that is not the only age group that can have skin problems. Babies, young people, and adults can all suffer from bouts with annoying acne. Until recently, few people thought babies could have acne and believe the skin problems were rashes, but facts have proven otherwise.

Blemishes which appear to be acne can appear on a newborn or infant. If this happens to your child, do not panic. In fact, it is quite common for acne-like blemishes to appear on babies and these usually go away quickly without resorting to medications or visits to the doctor.

Frequently newborn babies get acne breakouts which are caused by the oil which is naturally present on the skin getting trapped in hair follicles. Often, these bumps appear on the cheeks but can be seen also on the forehead or chin also.

But what should you do if your newborn has acne bumps appearing?

Basically, you simply need to continue bathing and caring for the tender skin just as normal. Use a clean, soft cloth each time you bathe or wash the baby’s body or face. Also, select soaps and cleansing products that are especially made for babies and are also hypoallergenic.

You will probably see rapid improvement in the acne. However, if you do not see improvement or should the blemishes become worse, change soaps or baby wash products. If that doesn’t quickly take care of the problem, then you should discuss the acne with your baby’s doctor.

Teen Acne

Any one, of any age, can have an acne blemish appear from time to time. Problematic acne, however, usually begins around the time a young person reaches puberty. While teens are going through the changes associated with adolescence, acne appears and results in their agonizing over every blemish every day.

Teen acne is not the end of the world; it only seems that way to the teen with the blemishes. Acne, when severe or not treated properly, can impact self esteem. It is very important that a teen become educated about acne and how to fight it from a reliable source: YOU! Otherwise, they may try anything and everything, much of which may actually make the acne worse.

For example, your teen may be told that chocolate or oily food causes acne. This is not true; it is an old wives tale. The oily face, neck, back, and arms appear because of the natural increase in body oil production which comes at puberty. Then, when oil becomes trapped in pores, acne blemishes are the result.

Another acne misconception is that a person with blemishes does not clean their skin well. However, it is true that too much washing of tender facial skin can irritate the existing blemishes and cause more acne to form as oil becomes trapped in pores from over-scrubbing.

Acne Prevention and Treatment

Total prevention of acne is, in most cases, simply impossible. However, proper skin care can reduce the acne outbreaks. Teach your child early in life to gently wash their face twice each day with a soft washcloth, warm water, and a mild hypoallergenic facial cleansing product or soap.

Take the time to teach you daughter, or son if he is agonizing over blemishes, how to apply concealer properly, choosing only noncomedogenic products which will not clog pores and cause acne. Also, teach your teens that failure to remove any makeup completely before going to bed is just asking for acne blemishes. Teach your children not to pop acne bumps because that can really make things worse and result in scarring.

As a first line of defense, help your child select over-the-counter (OTC) acne treatment products which contain benzoyl peroxide. These products are quite effective in controlling mild to moderate acne problems. Check the listing of ingredients and compare products available because generic brands may have exactly the same ingredients as more expensive brands. Choose a product that contains the highest quantity of benzoyl peroxide.

When using any new skin product, be sure to do a patch test by applying a dab under the jaw or other area that is not conspicuous, and wait 24 hours to ensure there is no allergic reaction to the product.

After beginning acne treatment with an OTC product, use the product as instructed for four to six weeks. If there has been no improvement in the acne problem, you should take your son or daughter to their doctor or a dermatologist. These health care practitioners can prescribe acne treatments that are much stronger than those available over the counter.

Acne outbreaks in children and teens can really upset them emotionally at this sensitive time in life. You want to provide a strong emotional support network for your offspring and help your child survive the acne outbreak without allowing the social stigma to cause them sleepless nights and other stress-related problems.

If you, your child, or your teen experiences acne problems, it is important to begin treating the acne blemishes promptly. If allowed to become infect, acne blemishes can leave permanent scars, but if treated this does not have to become a life-long problem.