Acne in any form, be it blackheads, whiteheads, or boils, is a matter of grave concern, especially in teenagers today. It comes as a surprise, however, that children as young as 10-year olds and younger are becoming more and more prone to blackheads.
In order to effectively recommend treatment for blackheads in a pre- teen youngster, it is necessary to look at the skin types, first and foremost. A 10-year old, who is on the threshold of teenage years, is bound to be under a lot of peer pressure, and finding a sure-shot treatment for blackheads differs from person to person.
For all skin types, get your little one to start a skin care regime early on. Proper cleansing with a medicated soap, or a mild alternative is the first step. Regardless whether the child’s skin is dry or oily, it needs to be moisturized. Yes, blackheads are sebaceous build-ups, but if the skin is left dry, without moisturising, it just leads to more oil secretion, and the cycle goes on. A helpful tid- bit of knowledge here…blackheads are not dirt, as popularly presumed. They are just oxidised bits of oil. A big no-no for tender skins are scrubs and other abrasive materials. These could lead to scarring, and the child will not forgive you for that.
Some recommendations are DHC Cleansing Oil which gently but thoroughly cleanses. Use it before washing with a mild soap, so that moisture is retained in the skin. For instant use, nothing beats Biore Pads, which are non-abrasive and non-irritant. Cetaphil and Neutrogena are two other gentle care products recommended to treat your youngster’s blackheads.
The child needs to be taught to keep her/his skin clean and hydrated. Washing the face gently after every bout of rigorous exercise will prevent clogging of the pores, and plenty of water will keep the system hydrated, preventing both dry and oily skin…Yes! Both can be equally to blame for blackheads.
If you’re worried about the child’s sensitive skin, some home tips can also take care of blackheads effectively:
Apply a small dab of mild salicylic acid cleanser on a wet, warm washcloth, and after rinsing the child’s face with warm water, rub with the washcloth, but be gentle with it. This gentle exfoliation works wonders to treat and remove blackheads. A mix of honey and fine sugar granules is an effective home remedy, acting as a gentle exfoliate to clear the skin.
Ahome remedy for successfully treating blackheads in younger children is Tea tree oil. It is a natural antiseptic and anti- biotic, having none of the side effects of other chemical derivative cleansers; Tea tree oil kills the bacteria that lead to black head build up in 10- year olds.
Aveeno products are especially formulated as allergen free and ultra-gentle for young skins. To keep the skin clean and moisturised, without oil-build up, try gentle Aveeno products for children.
Apple Cider vinegar is another home-remedy that takes care of restoring the pH balance in the skin, and effectively drying out blackheads. A mixture of 1-10 parts apple cider vinegar to water applied topically with a cotton ball will show results in a few days.
Mint leaves, ground to a paste, and applied overnight on the blackheads are also an effective home remedy to try for the non-toxic treatment of blackheads in 10-year olds. By morning the blackheads will have dried out.
*It is advisable to consult a Paediatrician or Skin specialist in cases of black heads that do not respond to the above treatments.
* All products mentioned here are only recommendations.