How to treat acne in a 13 year old?
As puberty is tending to start earlier in some countries, including the U.S., acne is also beginning at younger ages.
This is a great time to start her on a simple regimen. At the drugstore or on this site are some good acne products. In the morning, have her wash with an acne wash and apply a product with 5% benzoyl peroxide (anti bacterial) to just the area with blackheads. At night she can wash again, and apply a gentle salicylic acid (2%) product to the affected area. Also, helpful on the nose are the Biore strips (drugstore) specifically for the nose area. They help to lift out the plugs. Remeber it takes 4-10 weeks to see a difference with a new acne regimen and that if she gets irritated, the product should be stopped.
Generally, microdermabrasion done by a very experienced aesthetician with credentials, is fine. If acne runs in the family, it’s a good idea to have her seen by a dermatologist now.
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Hope this helps, Dr. I