Acne is never fun, but it is an issue that most of us deal with at some point in our lives. We may have left these issues far in the past, but if your kids are getting into that phase the last thing you want to do is leave them to suffer alone. Pimples can turn even outgoing, fun kids into introverts, and the heavier the outbreaks the worse the social stigma. Things can really get tough if your child has some sort of big public event coming up, like a school dance or a recital. But you can avoid the hiding out and the emotional breakdowns by helping your kid get rid of those pimples as fast as possible. Here are a couple of methods you should attempt.
If the situation is really bad and time is a major factor you might want to start by bringing them to the dermatologist. Chemical creams aren’t the most environmentally friendly choice, but they can be an effective short-term solution. Look into some of the steroidal creams that start working within the first week of use. You won’t want your child to stay on these very long, so try to phase down into a non-steroidal cream after that first major outburst. And always make sure you speak to the doctor about potential side effects, so you know what the tradeoff to the acne may be.
If you’ve got more than a week to deal with, look at some natural ways to handle the issue. The first, most obvious cure is better hygiene. This won’t work in all cases, but will always cut down on the severity of the situation at the very least. Make sure your kid is washing their face twice a day, once in the morning and once at night, using a hypo-allergenic, fragrance-free soap. Get the face damp with warm water, soap it in small circles with a good lather and then wash clean. Never use hot water, as it will strip the skin of important, healthy oils. Pat the skin dry with a natural cloth, something soft that won’t irritate the current acne breakout. Following that simple washing regimen might handle the issue within two weeks all on its own.
You should also take a trip to your local health food and supplement store to find a few more natural remedies. One great option is a gel that contains tea tree oil. Tea tree dries out acne without drying out the rest of your skin. Apply this to the affected areas twice a day, and you’ll see the acne disappear without leaving any scarring. Another great option is a supplement that includes around 50mg of zinc. Zinc lowers inflammation and helps things heal faster. When taken with food to avoid the mild nausea side effect you’ll notice improvement in as little as a week.
Food choices will also help your kid lose the acne. Fried, spicy and fatty foods will increase acne breakouts, while bland foods will help reverse the issue. Also try to cut down on processed foods in your child’s diet and their skin will begin to look better almost right away. Finally, if you can get them to deal with the ‘gross-out factor’, a healing tea concocted of cumin, fennel seed and coriander drank three times each day will help their body cut out toxins that could be at the heart of the acne issue. These may sound like odd acne treatments, but they all will help return the body to balance, and are strategies that can be used long-term without worrying about the dangerous side effects that pharmaceuticals might cause.