Your tween is starting to develop blackheads and mild pimples, so you head out to the drug store and buy him an acne cleanser. And he is actually using it!
Everything is going great until your tween starts to complain about dry skin. That's when you notice the redness and irritation.
Tween skin is still young and sensitive, so many of the acne cleansers available can irritate their skin. What's a parent to do?
If OTC acne products are drying out your tween's skin, try this:
- Try a salicylic acid cleanser, rather than benzoyl peroxide. Salicylic acid can be less drying to tween skin than benzoyl peroxide.
- Have your tween use an acne cleanser only at night, and a non-medicated cleanser in the morning.
- Don't forget the moisturizer! The moisturizer you use isn't the best choice for your tween. Instead, get him a non-medicated, oil-free and noncomedogenic brand. Hypo-allergenic and fragrance free is a plus. (I personally love Purpose, but shop around to find one that suits your tween. She's more likely to use it if she likes it.)
- If your tween's skin is excessively irritated, stop using the product. Give your doctor a call if the reaction seems severe, or your child's skin isn't improving even after discontinuing use.
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