Caring for your child’s
skin can require special care. So, Vitalogy Skincare’s Dr. Sarah Gee shares her five tips for kids’ skin care
so you can help protect them all year long.
gentle to prevent dryness.
Gentle skin care is
essential to avoid dry skin for kids. Use warm water, not hot. Also, stay away
from fragrance-based products.
You’ll want to pat the skin
and immediately apply moisturizer while the skin is still damp. This helps seal
to hold the water in the skin.
an eye out for possible skin allergies.
Just like adults, children
can develop allergies to ingredients in products. A common myth of skin allergies
(also known as allergic contact dermatitis) is that they occur only with new
exposures. The truth is that most product-related allergies occur over a period
of time, and they eventually become sensitized. (Check out other common skin myths here.)
Many parents also think
that allergies can’t occur with expensive or all-natural products. In reality,
however, many products have similar sensitizing agents and preservatives to
increase shelf life and prevent overgrowth of mold and bacteria, which can also
products with propylene glycol.
One allergy that is rising
in children is propylene glycol, which is found in personal care products,
including many baby wipes. This allergen is sometimes even present in topical
steroids. In general, be aware of the ingredients in your products when using
them for you and your kids.
your kid’s skin from the sun.
Sun protection is very
important for children. Vitalogy Skincare Dermatologists recommend Broad
Spectrum Sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher. Zinc and Titanium based sunscreens
(“physical sunscreens”) are free of chemicals and also provide the
broadest protection against UVA.
You must reapply it every 2-3 hours as well. Remember the sun is strongest between 10 am and 2 pm, so staying out of it (or at least in the shade) during those hours is best.
UV protective clothing (with UPF) is also safe and effective for children. The Skin Cancer Foundation shares products on its website with its Seal of Recommendation, which acts as a symbol of safe and effective sun protection recognized by consumers worldwide.
aware of some common skin issues with kids.
Molluscum is very
common in children. It is a viral infection that results in round, firm bumps
on the body.
It is often spread through
direct contact. Also, children with molluscum shouldn’t share towels or
clothing to keep it from spreading. It’s not dangerous, however.
It can take 2-8 weeks
before appearing on the skin after contact with the virus. It eventually
resolves on its own but can take as long as several months to years. Treatment
consists of observation, at-home topical therapies, and in office treatments.
Treatment should be weighed with the downsides — including potential pain and
risk of permanent scarring or color change in the skin.
Caring for your kid’s skin
is an important everyday job! Your local Austin area Dermatologists are here to
help as well, so schedule an appointment to
get your child a skin checkup if you have any concerns.