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My 9 year old is getting her first zits,now what?

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Aug 12, 2017

Monica K.

Hi Beauties! Yes my 9 year old has started getting a couple zits. At first I didn't think much of it,but then she got a couple more. I'm thinking of getting her the Simple cleansing wipes to start her on a simple (no pun intended) regimen. Or should I wait to see if it clears on her own? Right now she uses Johnson & Johnson kids all over wash for her face. Would it be time to have her start taking special care of her face?
I would love to hear your opinions! Thank you so much in advance for your recommendations!

Aug 12, 2017

Rozberry J.

First, you need to be sure they are actually pimples and not Dermatitis or another skin issue, including an allergy. I tried to find the product you mentioned from Johnson & Johnson and cannot, including on their website. Did you mean the Kids 2-in-1 naturals?

If that is the product, it does contain fragrance. Even natural fragrance can be an irritant.
Knowing what the skin looks like (black heads, white bumps, flesh colored bumps, discoloration, if there is dryness, deep bumps under the skin, any redness or pain etc.) and the location or pattern of of them would be quite helpful.  

Aug 12, 2017

Monica K.

Hi Rozberry! they are red bumps. just under the lower lip, in between her eye brows and corner of her mouth. No pain, they look like... I'll post the picture of the one under the lip, sorry she wasn't happy about about having the picture taken. She uses Johnson's head to toe baby wash. hopefully you can see it.

Aug 12, 2017

Rozberry J.

She's adorable..and if it makes her more comfortable, you can edit your post & delete the pic. :) I know you want something that is safe and effective for your daughter, but that product won't treat acne. I don't think this is an irritation issue based on how isolated the spot is.

It does appear to be a pimple, but it may also be an infected hair follicle. Many people struggle with them and dismiss it as acne. But in both instances, you have a clogging taking place...a backing up that involves oil or bacteria. It's not uncommon for children her age to start to see changes in their skin, such as spots. I know it can be tough on self-esteem and also, we all want to look and feel the very best we can. I"d make a few changes and if they DON'T have any impact for the positive, I'd take her to a Dermatologist, but these are safe and effective options to try at home. I think they'll help her.

1. Ditch the wash or save it for use on hands on to use it up. You want something that is targets acne, but won't be harsh. I'm just here to share what I feel is safe from experience and what I trust, including for a child her age. Paula's Choice is notorious for dismissing wash treatments on the face, yet she includes BHA in her own washes for acne...as does my Derm. (I agree with her regarding anti-aging washes, but that's another conversation.) The trick is to use something that can help reduce breakouts, but won't be harsh or hurt her eyes. Not that she should be rubbing anything in her eyes, but this is a gentle, effective wash for acne-prone skin that isn't drying: Paula's Choice Clear Wash.
http://www.paulaschoice.com/clear-p...

I'd use this once a day, in the evening, after oil and dirt has built up on her face.
Mornings:, any gentle, milky wash, such as CeraVe will hydrate and soothe. Pat dry with a cotton washcloth.

2. Sun Protection: The Aveeno naturals protection lotion SPF 30 or 50 should do fine. She needs to protect the skin because acne treatments increase sensitivity to sunlight and for her skin health.

3. You can use a spot treatment before bed on the area of the breakout.
(Okay, I went through my own treatments and I prefer to recommend what I know works from experience, especially with her age.) I'm going to say although I know Benzoyl Peroxide and a leave-on SA or Tea Tree would be effective, but is just too much, in my view, right now as a leave on with a potential to irritate. The wash will help treat her as a starting point, and so I'm going to recommend what my Derm gave to me as a teen. I still use it on my whole face all the time as it stimulates collagen and keeps skin bright and clear, but you can use this just on the spots and it will not dry her out, but it WILL treat her acne. There may be a hint of warmth upon initial application; perfectly normal. Just dot literally a smaller than a pea...a tiny dot on your hand...just dab a bit on the pimple directly and pat with a clean fingertip. This will clear her up comfortably. CVS is out of stock online, but if you live near one, you can enter your zip code or town and it will tell you where it is located in store.
https://www.cvs.com/shop/beauty/ski... It's inexpensive to boot.

4. Try pulling back on highly-hormonal foods just a little. Even natural animal products contains hormones. Look for milk, yogurt, etc. that has no added hormones/antibiotics as well as meat that has no added hormones when you are cooking meals.

The Ordinary has a great preventive treatment if you'd like to try that. It's perfectly safe for her and you need only a drop. This is something you'd be applying for her initially. These are obviously just suggestions.
https://www.beautylish.com/s/the-or...

Lastly, reminding her to wash her hands and try not to touch her face and giving her an all-cotton breathable pillowcase (that you change twice a week) will help keep bacteria from sitting on her skin. Tonight, you can put a little ice on it and give her a children's aspirin; that will bring the inflammation down a bit. I hope that helps. :) She's quite lovely and looks very sweet. 

Aug 13, 2017

Monica K.

Gosh Rozberry thank you so much for the helpful information.
I've decided to start with cleansing wipes to get her use to the routine. I'll keep an eye on how her skin reacts. I'm so happy you mentioned Paula's Choice, I wish I had thought of that. I think once she has the routine down I can move her to a more detailed regimen. (she has 2 homes to have to get used to doing this) I will definitely be looking at Paula's Choice. Yes a lot is going on for her with changes and I'm trying to not overwhelm her.
She is an amazing kid! Thank you!

Aug 13, 2017

Kirsten N.

Take her to a dermatologist to get her skin looked at then they can give you good products that will help for long time use. Assessments from doctors make a difference.

Aug 13, 2017

Monica K.

@Kirsten, yes I would normally agree a doctor is best. But she is only 9 and a half years old. And this just started. Also she is just starting her changes. I think if she was a few years into changes I would definitely take her in. Now I'm only looking to start her on the routine to get her used to it and with something light.
I do sincerely appreciate your comment!!

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