School will be starting back up soon, as you know, so we thought we’d talk a bit about common skin care concerns for kids! Many blog entries will also link to a website by the AAD with information in more basic language written for kids to learn more about skin (these will by noted by “(For Kids!)” before the link), so that your kids can have a bigger role in their own skin care & to develop healthy habits for life!

To kick-start our new blog series, here are 5 Skin Care Tips for kids of all skin types!

1. Use a gentle cleanser for face & body. Children’s skin tends to be more sensitive and more sensitive to irritation, so using a basic, gentle cleanser is all they really need.

2. Don’t forget to moisturize! As with the cleanser, a gentle moisturizer is perfect for kids. If your child has sensitive skin, eczema or other skin condition, you may want to look for a moisturizer that says “sensitive,” “hypoallergenic” and/or is for that specific skin concern.

3. Slather on the SPF daily! While skin cancer is uncommon in children, sun damage is cumulative and your skin does remember, so to speak. The Skin Cancer Foundation has found that one blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles the risk of developing melanoma later in life, and 5 or more sunburns at any age also doubles the risk. Also, it is estimate that 80% of skin cancers are caused by sun damage received in the first 20 years of life! It is important to protect your children’s skin & teach them healthy sun habits! Protective clothing & staying in the shade will also help protect their skin from UV damage.

4. Check your laundry detergent! Again, simple & gentle is best for kids. Try a detergent that is free of scents & is hypoallergenic for your children’s wash. Because their skin is more sensitive, gentle detergents can help keep them from getting itchy, irritated skin.

**The basic take-away: gentle is best for kids.

If your child wants a scented lotion or body wash, try to get an all-natural one or something that says hypoallergenic or gentle to avoid having additional irritants. You may also wish to test the product on just one small area of their skin first. Otherwise, just keep an eye out for the first few days to see if your child is scratching more than usual or has dry areas on their skin.

BLOG DISCLAIMER: Information on this blog is for educational purposes only and not intended to diagnose or treat any skin ailment. Please make an appointment with your physician for personalized medical advice. 

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