Acne in adolescents and pre-adolescents.
We get a lot of emails from mums asking for any advice we can give on what they can do for their child when they have broken out in spots even at the tender age of 10.
Firstly, I am sure you are all well aware what acne is and most of us at some stage in our lives has an encounter with it. But just to clarify, it is a disorder of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands producing an excessive amount of sebum or oil. When acne occurs, the sebaceous glands get clogged and if bacteria is present it can lead to pimples (hard red bumps) and pustules (the ones with the pus on top).
There are all different types of acne from minor to extreme and acne can occur in people of all ages, but today, I want to focus on a breakout of spots on teenagers and pre-teenagers. This is when the spots are dominant on the forehead and midface with blackheads around the nose, chin and forehead.
Acne can be exacerbated by the following:
Make up- blocks the pores if not removed properly.
Using harsh chemical products that strip the healthy bacteria from the skin.
Excessive sweating which can block the pores.