Childhood blemishes

Childhood Acne: What to do

Until a few years ago, people were surprised to see a child under the age of 11 or 12 with blackheads and pimples on their face. Currently, this is more common, and some specialists say that it is because of puberty, and as a consequence hormonal changes also occur earlier.

Other specialists believe that parents are more informed and more concerned with the appearance of their children. Often seeking medical help when the first whitehead or pimple appears. However, the concern is justified and it is good to better understand what causes childhood pimples and know what to do when it affects your child.

1. Why does my child have pimples?

The main cause is the same as pimples in adolescents: hormonal changes, only, in this case, earlier. Among other reasons, genetic predisposition, stress, consumption of certain medications, excessive exposure to the sun and the use of oily products on the skin stand out.

2. Is there reason to worry?

Initially, there is no need to worry, since in most cases these types of pimples are temporary and usually clear up spontaneously, without the use of medication.

3. Is it possible to prevent it?

It is possible and recommended, mainly to avoid or reduce the appearance of new lesions. The first care is with the daily hygiene of the skin. The face should be washed in the morning and at night with mild soaps suitable for the skin type. In addition, the skin should be protected with lotions and non-oily sunscreen. Injuries should never be squeezed or medications applied without medical advice.

4. How to treat it

The common treatment followed is to unclog the pores, remove the whiteheads and blackheads and control the inflammation, so that there are no marks on the skin. The doctor can also prescribe an oral medication. 

5. When to go to the doctor?

Parents should be aware and monitor the status of pimples on their children. The alternative is to consult a dermatologist if the lesions are severe, swollen or do not disappear quickly.