In addition to offering testing services and treatment protocols, our dermatologist is also a great resources for parents who want to know how to prevent skin conditions that affect infants, adolescents and all the age groups in between them.
Dr. Sanford advises using unscented lotions and creams for children since many fragrances are irritating to babies’ skin and can increase their risk of developing rashes. She also recommends avoiding the use of harsh soaps or cleansers on children since they strip the natural oils from the skin and make children’s skin very dry.
Dr Sanford advises teenagers with acne not to wash their face more than twice a day. They Should use warm water and a mild soap which has been specially formulated for acne. Benozyl Peroxide wash is an effective over the counter acne wash that can be used once daily, but should be rinsed carefully as it can cause bleaching of clothing and linens. Rough scrubs or rubbing with a washcloth can increase irritation.
Teens with acne who wear makeup should buy brands that are labelled “non-comedogenic” or “non-acnegenic”. This means that they do not clog pores and cause acne. In addition, they should remove it before going to sleep and make a point of throwing away old makeup.
Our dermatologists can also advice teens with acne-prone skin not to pop their pimples since this pushes the infected material deeper into the skin. Picking can also lead to more swelling, redness and scarring. This should be combined with not touching the face unnecessarily as it can spread bacteria and increase the inflammation. Mobile phones, glasses and sports equiptment should also be cleaned frequently with antiseptic wipes for the same reason.
Teens can also be told to shampoo their hair frequently and style it out of their face to prevent oils from the hair clogging pores on the forehead. Teenagers who get body acne should be advised not to wear tight clothes which do not allow the skin to breathe as it can increase irritation. They can also be reminded to shower after engaging in games and other activities that result in sweating.