Good skin care doesn’t need to be complicated. However it does need to be regular and it’s made easier if the process becomes a habit from a young age.
Teach your children to cleanse their face twice a day, morning and night. Just as you’ve taught them to clean their teeth, get them into the habit of washing their face in the morning and again before bed.
All About Acne recommends using gentle liquid cleansers which won’t irritate or dry the skin. Moisturisers are not always necessary if the skin is oily. However if the skin is dry due to weather, over scrubbing or as a side effect of some acne treatments, use a light oil free moisturiser which won’t clog the pores.
All Australian children need to learn to use sunscreen every day to protect their skin from the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays. Many acne treatments make the skin extra-sensitive to sunlight so keep reinforcing those sun safe messages.
Look for sunscreens that are light and oil-free for acne-prone skin. A pump pack in the bathroom or near the door makes applying sunscreen easier to remember.
Diet & exercise
You already know that healthy eating and regular physical activity has numerous benefits for your children – developing strong bones, maintaining a healthy body weight, etc. While diet alone can’t prevent or cure acne, there is growing evidence that some foods might contribute to acne.
Avoiding foods with a high glycaemic index (GI) – typically highly refined and processed foods – may be useful for some people. There is also a link between excessive milk consumption and acne but don’t limit milk intake without seeking overall dietary advice from a health professional first.