Originally Posted by whatsnextmom
I admit, when it comes to zits, we forgo the "more naturally." We give to the zit creams and washes because they work (for us) and it's just such a hit on their self-esteem to have zits.
My DD 13 is going through an extremely greasy stage. A few weeks ago she got a couple pimples and the skin on and around her nose was sorta wierd and bumpy. It looked as if she were going to start a full fledged acne break-out but we seem to have nipped it in the bud for the time being. I bought her some nuetrogena acne face wash to use daily and an apricot scrub to use once a week. When she sees the start of a zit, she uses a nuetrogena cream on that spot. I noticed this week her complextion has been perfect and no more greasy looking. I think it also helped that we found a good anti-grease shampoo for her too. She'd wash her hair every morning and by noon, it looked like she hadn't washed in a week. I know it was not helping with the forhead zits! The new stuff keeps it under control.
For a 9-year-old, you might try Citicil products. They are extremely gentle washes. I know they have some acne stuff but the wash itself is "soap free" which I've heard is best for acne.
I have to agree. As someone who had great skin in high school but zits in my twenties, I remember how horrified I was and I already was on my own two feet!
The only thing that worked for me was benozyl peroxide.
I think hygiene and the other recommendations would be best tried first, but for a teen with a lot of zits, a no-soap, sterile washcloth and b.p. can do wonders.