by Erfani, Sadi
If Acne Arrives Early, Start Your San Diego Skin Care Routine Early
By Sadi Erfani
Acne usually starts growing when hormones grow more active, which is around the age of 10 to 13. So what’s causing many kids as young as seven to get their first few zits?
The problem had grown large enough for the American Academy of Pediatrics to endorse a new set of guidelines regarding treating kids. No factor but heredity and hormones can be held responsible for the onset of acne at an early age, not even an unhealthy diet. Bacteria, however, can be prevented from entering pores and triggering acne with San Diego skin care and personal hygiene.
Dermatologists say that most of the pre-adolescent cases of acne growth are relatively mild; a bunch of blackheads on parts of the face called comedones. They can usually be brought under control with over-the-counter treatments such as benzoyl peroxide. As to whether or not adolescence these days have come too early, the scientific community is rather divided.
However, there may be a silver lining to early acne blossoming. Doctors say it may be signs of a more severe case in the years to come.
Doctors often refer to acne to spot hormonal problems in patients, especially in women during periods. Increased production of androgens, such as testosterone for men and estrogen for women, promotes production of sebum, an oily substance designed to stop skin from drying. However, bacteria trapped in the follicle by sebum can grow faster, resulting in acne.
Immediate care sets kids up for less lesions and scarring as they grow older. Common prescriptions for kids with acne, aside from benzoyl peroxide, include topical retinoids and the antibiotic tetracycline. Topical retinoids were approved for use in children as young as nine years old by the Food and Drug Administration. Tetracycline, however, isn’t recommended for kids as it may stain teeth permanently.
Proper Skin Care
It’s difficult to gauge the involvement of hormones in the development of acne, even though they’re seen as a factor. This is why proper skin care is often recommended for dealing with pimples.
For kids, it’s best to stick with over-the-counter acne treatments and regular facial washing every night. If the acne problem persists in teenage years, you can go to San Diego skin care centers for an acne facial. In addition to the facial, at-home treatments may also be changed from over-the-counter products to specialized ones.