Q: My 12 year old daugher has got bad acne on her face – red spots and some white heads. She's using Liz Earle cleanser once a day and then Australian body care face wash once a day and it's getting worse. I really don't know where to turn to help her – I never had acne and I don't want to buy harsh products from the chemist that will dry her skin out.
Alison: Unfortunately it is normal to suffer from skin problems at her age because it's hormonal. So, despite her using the correct products and not being too harsh, her hormone surge is so strong that she is still suffering from spots and white heads. Some teenagers are prone to it and some will run through their teens without a single spot!
One thing she could add to her routine is the Decleor Prolagene Gel, used as a moisturiser after her cleansing products. This is fantastic for helping to prevent any future scarring – plus, it's lightweight and doesn't appear or feel oily on the skin.
She needs to find out whether the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish or the ABC Skinwash is the best product for her. Try her with Liz Earle morning and night for two weeks, followed by the Decleor moisturiser. Then try her with the ABC Skinwash morning and night for two weeks, again followed by the Decleor moisturiser. The ABC Skinwash is an anti-septic formula and Liz Earle's is more of a skin-conditioning formula that cleans without stripping. I would have thought that her skin will respond better to one of these than the other as they are slightly different.
It's great that you don't want her to use too many harsh products. Common things that a teenager will do that are incorrect include deep-cleaning the skin without following with a moisturiser. The more you clean your skin, the more you strip it and so the more the oil glands will over produce. So you need to apply a moisturiser to hydrate the skin, even a gel-based product like Decleor Prolagene Gel will have a hydrating and calming effect.
Teenagers also tend to over scrub the skin, so she should only really use a facial scrub or mask twice a month. Scrubbing will help to stimulate the oil glands so she shouldn't do this too often. She should also only use her cleaning products twice a day, morning and night.
If you want, you could also take her into the first few steps of make-up just to give her that confidence. I'd suggest make-up that doesn't look made up such as a Laura Geller compact with a brush. These will help to cover up her spots a little bit. A little coat of self tan would also help to hide the redness of the spots, maybe from one you may use yourself.