Skin care for teenagers and those pre-teenagers is an absolute must in promoting clean, healthy skin. Dr. Whitney Bowe is a Board-Certified Dermatologist in New York City and has offered answers to skin care questions and dermatology advice for our teens and preteens.
I had the opportunity to ask Dr. Bowe several questions concerning skin care for the teen/tween. Her advice gives parents a great advantage is helping their children deal with those skin care issues.
I asked Dr. Bowe how she felt about teens/tweens wearing makeup. She responded, “Being a teen is hard enough, being a teen with acne is even harder. Wearing a little makeup to help cover up blemishes can make a huge difference in a tween/teen’s self esteem and confidence facing his or her day. Just make sure the makeup is oil-free and non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores.”
Having daughters in this age range, I wanted to know at what point a parent should take their child to a dermatologist. Dr. Bowe said, “If you’re using effective over the counter products that contain salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide (like Advantage Daily Soothing Acne Wash and Persa-gel 10 from Clean and Clear) for more than six weeks and the acne isn’t clearing up fast enough, it’s time to see a dermatologist.”
“If the acne is leaving scars, then see a dermatologist right away. If the acne is affecting your tween/teen in such a way that they aren’t interacting with their peers or engaging in social activities the way you think they ordinarily would, go see a dermatologist.”
With so many products on the market, especially ads for the three step kits such as Proactive, I questioned whether or not they were safe for teenagers and pre-teens. So I asked Dr. Bowe whether or not these are products parents should consider.
Dr. Bowe stated, “Absolutely, three step kits are convenient, easy to follow and therefore increase compliance with a daily skin care regimen. I like Clean & Clear’s Essentials line because they make a three step kit for sensitive skin and one for normal/combination skin, and they are not too drying.”
Several readers wanted to know whether or not using oils such as coconut oil and olive oil to cleanse skin should be used. Dr. Bowe replied, “I would skip the oils in acne prone skin. Coconut oil and olive oil are both considered comedogenic, meaning they have been proven to clog pores and lead to breakouts.”
Dr. Bowe also recommends the Clean & Clear skin care lines. She revealed that they are extremely safe and effective for kids in the pre-teen/teenage years.
I asked Dr. Bowe if teenagers and pre-teens were too young to use moisturizers. She replied, “Absolutely not! It’s actually critical to start moisturizing at this age, as an unhealthy skin barrier can trigger flares. Dry skin also leads to more side effects when tweens/teens are trying to use effective anti-acne treatments like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide.”
Derma rollers are advertised all over and I had a few readers who wanted to know if they are safe and if they actually work. According to Dr. Bowe, “Derma rollers can be helpful for certain acne scars. Sometimes scars require a few different treatments to get them to completely fade.”
“These include derma rollers, fractional lasers (I like the Fraxel), fillers such as juvederm or restylane and even punch excisions. If you’re considering acne scar treatment, see a board certified dermatologist to discuss which treatments are best for your particular scars.”
Have you seen the ads for the spot removers (the products that claim to get rid of pimples overnight)? Dr. Bowe stated that, “For the most part, these spot treatments are safe, especially if they are made by a reputable company whose name you recognize.”
“However, they work better when combined with an all-over acne treatment. If they have benzoyl peroxide in them, they can bleach dark fabrics.”
Boys and girls both go through puberty so I asked Dr. Bowe if boys and girls should follow the same routines and whether or not there was a difference between acne in boys and acne in girls. Dr. Bowe stated, “It really depends on the individual’s skin, more so than their gender.”
“The main difference I appreciate is that some girls’ acne is related to their menstrual cycle, in which case hormonal therapies might be helpful. We can’t use these therapies in boys.”
Dr. Whitney Bowe has been a wealth of information for parents with teenagers and pre-teens. Her advice and recommendations makes teaching these kids about daily skin care and which products are safe for use.
If you liked this article and want instant updates of all the celebrity stories, click the Subscribe button. To keep up with everything Kelly writes, follow her on Facebook and Twitter or connect on Pinterest. Find more by Kelly on her website.
©Kelly Cozzone, All Rights Reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced without prior permissions from the author. The first two sentences may be reposted with a link back to the original article.