So, your child is now at the age at which she is solely responsible for her hygiene. She’s not a baby anymore, but she isn’t quite a teenager either. One question you may ask is “What is a good approach to tween skin care?” The answers are not as simple as you would think. Tweens don’t want to use baby skin care products and are too young to use harsh acne products made for teens and adults.
The first step is to cover the basics: make sure that your tween is actually cleansing her skin twice a day, in the first place. The second step is to ensure that you have chosen the right product for tween skin care. The right product is going to be free from harsh chemicals, to prevent skin irritation. One ingredient to avoid for tween skin is salicylic acid. Although marketed widely, it is too drying for young skin and can cause the skin to become unbalanced, resulting in dry patches and flaking.
If your tween is beginning to show blackheads, focus on frequent cleansing with mild ingredients. If your tween is experiencing early acne, frequent cleansing is still recommended, along with spot usage of benzoyl peroxide. Application with a Q-tip is recommended for this spot application. For tween skin care, benzoyl peroxide used sparingly and combined with regular cleansing is recommended. There is some evidence to suggest that children with allergies to benzoic acid (found in cinnamon and other foods) may also have some hypersensitivity to benzoyl peroxide. It is recommended that you consult a doctor before using products with benzoyl peroxide as an active ingredient on children younger than 12.
Developing good habits early with your tween can help play a key role in ensuring the health of their skin. It’s a tough age, but instituting regular hygiene habits can make it a whole lot easier.