I've been dreading this moment.
January 8, 2014 8:05 PM Subscribe
Jeoc jr. just turned 11, and is starting to get a few pimples. Both me and Mr. Jeoc had terrible skin as teenagers (and I still struggle with occasional breakouts and general skin texture issues). Her skin still has that luminous amazing child-like glow, but she has gotten a few pimples and her pores on her nose are clogged.
I don't want to make her self-conscious, but she asked for assistance/advice about how to care for her skin and deal with pimples and I'm not sure what the current state of the art is for these things.
She has tried a Burt's Bees tea tree oil stick and a generic OTC salicylic acid cream, but she found both painful. She is very low-maintenance about her appearance and even basic things like tooth-brushing can require nagging. So a regimen that is simple, appropriate for sensitive skin, and effective would be great.
I also feel like she is dealing with a genetic time-bomb, since both Mr. Jeoc and me had pretty bad skin as teenagers. My husband's skin is in pretty good shape now, but he definitely had some tough years. For me, the past 25+ years have been an ongoing dance of adjustment with a variety of products to try to keep things in balance. My skin is very sensitive to scarring and darker (in my case, redder) spots. I went to a dermatologist as a teenager, but the benzoil peroxide cream he prescribed burned my face and I would rather not have my kid on random antibiotics if avoidable. Has dermatology improved since I was a teen?
I have mostly made peace with the fact that my skin is kind of crappy and just deal, but if she has a shot to get through adolescence without scars and redness, I would love to give it to her.
tl; dr - tween daughter needs a simple and effective skin care routine for someone with sensitive skin and a strong genetic predisposition to breakouts and scarring