One definite reason for this can be encapsulated by one word – puberty. This is a time when changes in a skin care regimen are typically required.
For younger children, Pediatric Dermatologists usually recommend mild, non-detergent cleansers along with cream or ointment based, fragrance free moisturizers after bathing – especially for those with sensitive skin. For most young children this approach does the trick – cleansing and moisturizing without irritation.
With onset of puberty, the skin begins to change. It becomes thicker, oil production is stimulated, and body odor starts becoming noticeable. At this time of changing needs, the thicker emollient that used to work might now be too occlusive and new strategies are needed.
It’s important to help kids on the cusp of puberty initiate a self-care regimen – starting with the basics: a daily bath or shower. If there is any sign of early acne or oily complexion, it might be time to switch to a cleanser with acne fighting ingredients. Many of these ingredients have indications for helping with acne and many products can be used head to toe. Here we summarize effective acne fighting ingredients.
Salicylic Acid: Part of a class of acids called beta-hydroxy acids, or BHAs, and is known for its ability to help exfoliate the complexion and slough away dead skin cells from skin’s surface. Additionally, when used topically, salicylic acid helps to keep acne at bay. Research indicates it works best to treat mild breakouts.
Products with Salicylic Acid:
Aveeno Clear Complexion – Helps clear and prevent breakouts while visibly improving skin’s tone and texture. Cream wash is formulated with soy extract and helps improve skin tone.
Stryke Club Stryke Stick – This portable spot treatment uses salicylic acid to clear acne in a hurry. Unlike some acne treatments, it dries clear so you can go about your life looking like your normal self.
Pixi Clarity Toner – Promotes the appearance of clearer skin. For all skin types, especially breakout-prone skin. Alcohol free
Benzoyl Peroxide: Benzoyl peroxide is often used in acne treatments due to its antimicrobial properties. It also has a drying effect, so it is effective at minimizing oily build-up in the pores. Benzoyl peroxide penetrates deep into the pores of skin and delivers oxygen molecules that loosen any buildup of oil, dirt, or dead skin within the pores. It also kills any bacteria trapped in the pores or on the surface of the skin that could lead to acne or skin infections around minor breaks in the skin.
Products with Benzoyl Peroxide:
Differin Daily Deep Cleanser – Dual-action, micronized formula penetrates deep into skin to absorb excess oil, while releasing a gentle moisturizer that wont clog pores. Perfect for those seeking a deep, powerful cleanse that wont strip their skin.
PanOxyl Foaming Wash – Benzoyl peroxide effectively penetrates pores killing the bacteria that cause acne. Clears existing acne blemishes and prevents new blemishes from forming.
Sodium Hypochlorite: Known to cleanse and soothe skin prone to infection by eliminating the bacteria that can cause breakouts. The benefits of sodium hypochlorite, such as its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, come without over-drying the skin, making it a great alternative for those who find other acne fighting ingredients to be irritating.
Products with Sodium Hypochlorite:
CLn Facial Cleanser – Effective cleansing for skin prone to dryness, rashes, eczema, redness, rosacea, and acne.
Stryke Club Everywhere Wash – Designed to be used in teh shower and fight acne from head to toe. Formulated by a board certified pediatric dermatologist. Hypoallergenic, free from SLS, parabens, cruelty.