These days, their face starts to look like the surface of the moon! You hear their shrieks of frustration as another zit surfaces! OK Mom, you're needed once again! Yay!
If acne is out of control, it's time to help them find a dermatologist! But one of the most important things we can do (before the craters erupt) is to teach them how to clean their face! No kidding!
I'm not talking about scrubbing with a washcloth. That can actually irritate the face and cause more breakouts. The experts say when it comes to adolescent skin-care, there are three important steps to keep in mind: cleansing, toning, and moisturizing.
But hear this Mom: the time to start this regimen is probably when your child is a pre-teen! It could help you save a lot of money and may prevent you from having to resort to a prescription later.
I actually took my 12-year-old daughter Meg to an esthetician recently for a hands on lesson on skin care. She doesn't have any pimples yet but already has the adolescent angst - the fear of what may happen when her smooth skin gives way to a bumpy road! Oh, the drama!
So, to calm her fears, I took her to a local salon for a how to; a primer on how to take care of your skin. She got great information. We bought a few over-the-counter products and she is becoming more diligent about taking care of her skin! I even learned a few new things!
Even though it was easy to get my daughter to go to this appointment, boys may be trickier but the information will be helpful to them too!
The entire experience was done in a private room away from any audience. Most salons will do this for you if you request it.
My daughter loved the treatment a lot - probably too much! Oh well. What's the saying? "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree!"