What is it with boys their fear of being clean? Give them a swimming pool, a water park or even a dirty puddle and they will gleefully splash around, but the minute I announce its shower night, all heck breaks loose! When they were younger, I was able to trick them into the bathtub with talks of adventures with boat and aquatic animals. But as they get older, the allure is replaced with the knowledge that it’s an unwanted chore.
The problem is that my boys aren’t little boys anymore. Rather their bodies are growing and maturing into preteens! It’s important that now more than ever I begin to teach them proper hygiene skills so that they will have a good foundation for the future.
As boys move into their preteens their bodies begin to change. Hair grows all over, their voice deepens and they begin to develop acne. Although I can’t teach them how to properly shave his face or talk in a manly voice, I can help them learn how to take care of their face to minimize the impact that acne can cause. Acne should not be seen as a rite of passage into the teenage years!
Research is showing that boys are maturing at a faster rate then they did in the past. Teen acne typically begins between the ages of 10 to 13, with many children showing beginning signs of acne as early as eight years old. Due to hormone levels, boys are prone to more severe and longer lasting acne so its important to teach them how to form a good face wash routine.
- Both morning and night, your son should wash his face with a gentle cleanser. Many times this alone will help keep your son’s skin from being blocked with dirt and oils.
- When washing your face, use a soft cloth or sponge and work in circular motions. Scrubbing can irritate the skin and open the pore, risking the chance for more acne.
- If you start noticing pimples, it is important to remind your son not pick at them. Picking will disrupt the skin, allow more bacteria and dirt into the pore and potential scar the face.
- Instead, provide your son with a benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid cleanser. This should only be used every other day as it may be harsh on your son’s sensitive skin.
- After washing their face, encourage them to use a gentle moisturizer to restore their skin.
- If a pimple does erupt, its not the end of the world. There are amazing products out there like Orange Natural’s Acne Control. homeopathic formulation is not only gentle on inflamed skin and able to calm redness, it even helps to control blemishes and blackhead breakouts. It is soothing, prevents scarring and won’t dry out the surrounds skin.
My sons are not at the point yet where they have been plagued with acne, so forming good hygiene routines, like washing their face, is being enforced. Mom, on the other hand, does experience the occasional breakout (hormonal, food related, etc.) and I have tried Acne Control. It is very impressive as it works quickly and efficiently to minimize the effects of the blemish and it help heal the area 3 time faster than my usual brand. Plus, I love that it is natural! No more chemicals, parabens, petroleum, lanolin, propylene glycol or GLUTEN! Its so safe it can be used on infants, children and adults!
What tips or tricks can you add to this list to help my boys stay acne free?
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