Whatever your skin type, specific factors might trigger or lead to oversensitivity: Your skin reacts strongly when you’d rather it didn’t…
WHAT IS ACNE ?
The beginning of acne which means the start of puberty; from overactive oil glands that produce too much sebum to an increase in sex hormones during this important time in life.
It is a widespread disorder since acne affects 83% of girls and 95% of boys…since its progress is unpredictable, from almost spontaneous healing to lingering, its treatment should be taken seriously and be specific..
STAGES OF ACNE...
- Hyperseborrhea: The first stage in all types of acne. Too much sebum production: The skin is shiny and small pimples appear.
- Retentional acne: The sebum build up in the follicle leads to the formation of open comedones (blackheads) or closed (whiteheads).
- Inflammatory acne: Bacteria proliferation (Propionibacterium acnes) as the hair follicle breaks inside the dermis; red pimples (papules) followed by pustules (filled with pus) appear.
- Nodulocystic acne: Swelling and inflammation of the sebaceous glands lead to the formation of oozing nodules.
Medications: Specific treatment for each stage of acne
- Light acne: Topical comedolytic treatment (help loosen blackheads) or topical antibiotics to fight inflammation.
- Moderate acne : When topical treatments are not enough, an oral antibiotic treatment must be added. Be very careful about sun exposure (sensitization risk): You must “photoprotect” your skin. Ask your physician for advice.
- Severe acne : The use of Isotretinoin is usually necessary. It is prescribed by your physician since it involves severe caution, particularly in relation to contraception. Usually, results are spectacular.
Dermo-cosmetic products :
Your dermatologist or pharmacist can recommend cleansing and moisturizing products formulated for your skin type and disorder.
A few product guidelines:
- Gentle products to protect your skin
- Moisturizing or emollient products to address skin dryness issues resulting from certain treatments
- “Non-comedogenic” products to help prevent the appearance of new blackheads
... and generally, products specifically formulated for acne-prone skin.
Is eczema caused by food ?
Most of the time, no. However, sometimes children have intolerances to certain foods which makes their eczema worse. Practically speaking, your doctor will look for food allergies in specific cases. Following testing, a special diet might be recommended.
Will breastfeeding protect my baby against eczema?
In order to reduce the risk of atopic dermatitis in families at risk, it is recommended that mothers breastfeed as long as possible. In the same way, it is recommended to delay the introduction of varied foods (mainly eggs and fish) until after the age of six months.
Can I bathe my baby if he suffers from eczema?
Of course. Bathing offers many benefits: Cleanses, relaxes and prepares the skin for emollients. Be careful though: The bath should not be too hot, around 30-32°C (86-89°F) since hot water (around 98.6°F) might cause itching. Cleansers or bath oils should be very mild.
What about hydrotherapy treatments?
They are often recommended for atopic children. They include treatments (baths, showers, drinking water) using thermal spring water, possibly limited sun exposure and regular medical follow-up. This is a way for children and parents to get more familiar with atopic dermatitis and its treatments.
Is it possible to have pets?
Animal hair (ponies, dogs, cats) or bird feathers can cause respiratory allergies. If the child has a pet that he loves and there is no problem, it is fine to keep it. On the other hand, in case of sneezing or conjunctivitis, it might be a good idea to remove the animal; if you don’t have an animal yet, the allergy risk should be considered before adopting one.