Dr. Sandra Lee, aka Dr. Pimple Popper, has some helpful tips to help your tween or teen put their best face forward for back-to-school.
Start a skincare regiment young
Get your kids started on a skin care routine at a young age. Acne, like blackheads and whiteheads, can start to appear long before puberty hits so starting a skincare routine early can make a difference. But keep the routine simple. "You really want to keep things simple at that age," said Lee. "They aren't used to putting a lot of stuff on their face. So start an acne system that is really simple."
Three simple steps like cleansing, treating and moisturizing can make a huge difference in your child's skin and build good skincare habits.
Use the right products to get rid of acne
Acne problems can reach its peak during your kid's teen years. It can appear all over the body. With teens in school all day in activities and team sports, sweat and bacteria can build up on clothes throughout the day. Staying in those clothes all day can lead to skin irritation. Lee recommends a salicylic acid body spray in instances when your teen can't shower right away to prevent irritation. "What's so great about it is you can spray it yourself on your back," said Lee. "It also sprays upside down so you can get in all the nooks and crannies and you don't need to ask someone else to help you out."
Use sunscreen to prevent more damagee
Putting on sunscreen is a crucial part of having great skin. The UV damage someone can get from spending time out in the sun can cause more acne over time. Lee said she sees a lot of people who don't apply enough sunscreen. "The main problem people have with sunscreen is not applying it enough through the day," said Lee. "If you put it on under your makeup it's not working anymore in the afternoon or it's rubbed off."
Lee suggests a powdered sunscreen to put in your backpack or purse so you can re-apply through the day without looking oily or messing up your makeup.