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Maybe your child falls in this group. And maybe he or she is embarrassed about the red bumps, blackheads and whiteheads and also is being teased at school.
So what can you, as a parent, do to help? Two things: Start to treat the acne immediately and talk to your child about it in a delicate, compassionate way. A lot of children have damaged self-esteem because of acne. I know adults who are still embarrassed about their childhood acne scars.
So, let’s start first with treating the acne. A local pediatric nurse, who wishes to remain anonymous, said, “Cleanliness goes a long way to control it.” She suggests the child wash his or her face regularly but especially after playing outside. For mild acne, she suggests using an over-the-counter facial wash containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.
In addition, the nurse said, you can try spot-treatment products. And if you are wondering, as I was, she said these products are safe for pre-teens.
If the acne doesn’t start clearing up, it’s time to make an appointment with a pediatrician or dermatologist. Prescription medicines might be needed for more severe acne.
When it comes to talking with your pre-teen or teen about acne, here are some helpful suggestions from About.com.
1. Broach the subject gently
2. Don’t be surprised if he/she doesn’t want to talk.
3. Listen without judgment.
4. Help your child explore treatment options.
5. Encourage your teen to take responsibility for his or her treatment.
Does your pre-teen or teen have acne? I want to hear from you. Please share your advice/thoughts below.