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  YOUR CHILD'S SKIN - by Editor
Acne, Large Pores, Pimples, Blackheads, Spots, Zits...No matter what you call them, they will still strike dread in the hearts of adolescent children and their parents! No one likes them but almost everyone is affected by them at some point! Treat adolescent skin problems with our home remedies and tips and suggestions.


Babies, and children, have perfect skin: soft, velvety, smooth and blemish-free. So what happens to skin, when children enter their pre-teens and teens? Raging hormones, an unhealthy diet and pollution, all combine to play havoc on the skin's surface, and your child's face soon feels like sandpaper and resembles the surface of the moon. Those little bumps and blemishes on your child's skin can cause scarring, both physical and mental. How can you, as a parent, help?


Pimples and Acne

No one can forget that first zit which burst out at the worst possible time to symbolise hormonal changes! A simple soap and water routine can help dry out pimples. Make sure your child washes her face at least three times a day, with soap and water. If your child's skin is very oily, she should apply soap before wetting her face.

Camphor solution dries out pimples, and it soothes the skin. Keep a bottle handy so you can pat the solution onto the problem areas at regular intervals. If a pimple-head has already formed, put a hot towel on the pimple repeatedly until it comes out. Then pat on some camphor.

Onions are also useful in dealing with pimples. Cut a few onions and cook them in lard until they become transparent. When they have cooled, tie the mixture in a muslin cloth and apply it to the pimples in the form of a poultice.


Blackheads

Soap and water combined with a steam routine seems to be the best approach. Add dried lime flowers to a pint of boiling water and steam the face in this solution for 10 minutes. As a result, pores will open up. Press the skin around the blackheads with cotton wool or tissue. Then close the pores with an astringent solution, and wash with soap and water. A steam face bath with Epsom salts added to it is also effective. If the blackheads are still clinging on stubbornly, pat some almond oil on them and gently squeeze them out.

You can also try a solution made of 6 ounces of distilled water and 27 grains of soda bicarbonate. Rub this solution over the blackheads.

Milk also helps treat blackheads. Wash the face with warm water and then sponge it for fifteen minutes with tepid milk every day.

Apply a little warmed honey to the face, and wash off after fifteen minutes.

Exfoliate your skin with a facial scrub, twice a week. Make your own homemade exfoliating scrub. Dissolve four ounces of powdered almonds, two ounces of glycerine soap and one ounce of multani mitti in a little water. Then rub this solution onto the blackhead-affected areas on your face.


Large Pores

While there is no permanent remedy to close large pores, astringents do help to temporarily tighten and close them.

Buttermilk has astringent qualities. Apply it on your face and leave it on for 15 minutes before washing off with cool water.

Egg white also helps tighten skin. Beaten egg white should be applied on the face with cotton wool and washed off after 15 minutes.

Tomato juice contains Vitamin C and potassium and works wonders on large pores. It can be used alone or mixed with curd or multani mitti to make an excellent pore-closing paste. Lettuce juice is another alternative.

Pastes made of cornmeal or oatmeal have also been found to help closing pores. The paste should be made with hot water, applied and left on for about half an hour. It should then be washed off with cool water.

Powdered alum mixed with hot water or rosewater and egg white is also good for tightening and closing large pores.

You can also make a good skin tonic using equal parts of vinegar and water.

As in the case of pimples, camphor works well towards tightening and closing open pores. A few drops of camphor spirit mixed with rose water or cool water makes a nice pore-tightening solution.

The most important tip of all: start taking care of your child's complexion from the outset, so she never has to endure the pain associated with far-from-perfect skin. After all, prevention is better than cure.


Does your child suffer from skin problems like acne or pimples? How do you treat your child's skin problems? What home remedies can you use to treat your pre-teen and teen child's skin problems? To share your experiences, views, and tips, click here.

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Name: gayan darshana lakruwan
City:   sri lankaI
Comments:   I am 20 years old.i have lot of pimples .cannot get ridof it.any suggestion
Name: Roshni
City:   Ipoh,Malaysia
Comments:   I usually get pimples when my periods come around every month. Any precautions i can take to prevent this
Name: shilpa
City:   USA
Comments:   I have a combination skin, my pimples leave a black spot on my face, plz. guide me what should i apply
Name: sanjana
City:   ahmedabad
Comments:   plz plz plz help me with my skin its like a junkyard and so so sooooooo ugly. i have a fair complexion and combination skin. pimples leave a blackkk spot on my face and now my face is totally filled up with them especially the forehead and chin. plz help me out with this. i wear some oilfree foundation or some thing on my face to hide them instead my face looks more dirty. aaaaaaa plz help me out.
Name: naeem
City:   karachi
Comments:   all tips are very excellent please tell me which type of vegetables and fruits doing fair skin colour...
Name: madge
City:   LA
Comments:   your best bet is going to the dermatologist and getting some tazorac cream. it works so well.
Name: Syed Omar
City:   Singapore
Comments:   I have pimples on my cheeks and i'm forced to shave my facial hair on my cheeks as im still in school.As a result,there are a lot of pimple scars on my cheeks.Please,please,please tell me how do i get rid of them? =(
Name: Ayesha
City:   K.S.A
Comments:   Teally, all tips are cool.but plz help me in closing large pores on my face.
Name: Allie
City:   U.S.A.
Comments:   You can also mix cornstarch and vinegar to and but it on the spot where you have blackheads and leave it on for 15-30 minutes and then wash it off with warm water and a wash cloth!! It worked for me!!!!
Name: Bryan
City:   AZL
Comments:   i have terrible pimple scars and i am poor any home remedies to kill them pimple scars suck!!!!
Name: Julia
City:   Attalla, Ala.
Comments:   I am 56 years old, and my pores are so large on my face. What can I do to help them get smaller and have clear beautiful skin again I really like your articles, I will try some of the things suggested. But please give me more answers, not as time consuming. Thank you
Name: Naina
City:   Tvm
Comments:   Hi friends, Tulsi leaves are excellent for curing pimples. Take about 6-8 leaves, clean and crush them to take out the juice.Apply this on the face. Wash after half an hour in cold water. This if done regularly twice a day would be a cheap and very effective remedy for pimples. Also wash the face in luke warm water before u retire for the bed.
Name: Han
City:   Kansas City
Comments:   i have alot of scars from pimples can n.e body please help my prom is coming up
Name: sha
City:   USA
Comments:   Hi i'm 17 yrs old and i have large pores ,oily skin ,and my skin breaks out into a few pimples when my period starts and sometimes they leave scar any home remedy for the oliy skin ,large pore ,pimples and scar. please e-mail me with a solution so i can go back to having perfect skin like i did when i was a child.
Name: rumrum
City:   gagoo
Comments:   this might help some of...
Name: amber
City:   islamabad
Comments:   hi i know a pimple scar treatment.it is called green peel.it just removes the old skin and the new skin comes after 5 days.your face looks young,beautiful and clear.
Name: madhu
City:   banglore
Comments:   hi i have so many large open pores in my face. how can i aover come this plz tell me the remady
Name: anon
City:   uk
Comments:   i have scars and spots on my chin. i have tried everything but i cant get rid of. IM only a kid! please can you tell me how to get rid of all using things i can find around the house!
Name: Peter
City:   syd
Comments:   im haveing large pore on my nose and its oily ,pls help me to heal it ,it has ruine my life ,god damn it,why, plz help me i need ur help,
Name: Fatima
City:   California
Comments:   I started to notice that open pores are more noticeble on my face. It really bothers me, i need a solution please. Thank you!
Name: lizzy
City:   vancouver
Comments:   I will try out some of these suggestions. Hopefully something will work at least temporarily.Thank you
Name: ddswdsg
City:   somewhere
Comments:   can u ppl stop pestering people with ur own problems. You need 2 put suggestions for the article, not crappy problems
Name: jason
City:   adelaide
Comments:   i also have lage pores and redness on my nose because i got burnt many years ago on it, and as still suffering the effects of it 6 years later. I think you have to accept large pores are just not going to go anywhere, im trying to treat mine still 6yrs later and im only 24, its been extrememly difficult at my age cause im consious appearence wise and like to look my best and im not gong to stop having cosmetic treatments untill im physically happy with myself, its up to YOU if you gonna put up with it or really do something about it.
Name: abhinav
City:   delhi
Comments:   have a combination skin, my pimples leave a black spot on my face, plz. guide me what should i do
Name: Flameschic!! {aka} Polly!
City:   where hockey lives on, Canada!
Comments:   great site!!:) um i have one question what should u do if u have acne scars..(my hair covers it up, but im tired of hiding it}
Name: durga das
City:   thane
Comments:   excellent. jawab nahi. bahut hi accha site hai jisme sab ke liye beauty tips haie.g for women, childern&mens. nice...
Name: Suzanne
City:   Georgia
Comments:   I am 15 years old and since 11, i've had alot of freckles. What special products may i apply on those pigmented areas instead of doing laser?
Name: Anna
City:   Canada
Comments:   I have a question. I am 15 years old, and I have zits on my forehead. I have lots of products to use on them, and they won't go away. What should I do?
Name: Alex
City:   NY
Comments:   im 18 yrs old and i have a lot of large pore on my cheeks and on my fore head, and i also have oily skin, can you tell some way to get rid of both.
Name: Alex
City:   NY
Comments:   ive had a big red spot on my neckfor years, how can i get rid of it
Name: scared
City:   help
Comments:   my face scraes me..does anyone else have this problem...helppp me..large pores-->potholes
Name: vikalya
City:   mumbai
Comments:   hi everyone, noone has ever tried so many products like me.i will give you all some good tips. 1.benzoyal peroxide creams works wonders.go for 2.5% and not 10%. 2.people will say its a myth that oily foods does not cause acne but it does aggrevate the problem.try to eat healthy foods as much as possible and indulge yourself only once a week.initially its difficult but later you will get used to it.trust me. 3.go on nice long walks,iam not asking you all to go to gym and work out intesively.nice long walks makes you slimmer,remievs toxins from the body,clear skin and makes your body and mind feel fresh but remember to come home and take a bath immediately. 4.drink lots of water atleast 6 to eight glasses per day. * do all this and i gaurantee that you complexion would have been cleared with a month..trust me but better trust yourself!all the best!
Name: Devi
City:   queens
Comments:   namaste... i have been having this problem for years.... i have an excessive amount of scars on my forehead....what can i do please reply..
Name: Leyla
City:   Lancashire
Comments:   I'm taking Vitamin B5 for Acne, in potency off 500mg, I take 10mg a day 1 tablet in morn and 1 in evening.It seems to be wrkin,I've got acne on back,chest,face and neck so it's made a noticeable difference of only 3 weeks of taking it.Give it a try ppl!!!u've got nutin 2 loose!!!
Name: dionne
City:   london
Comments:   I am a black 20 year old and have black pimple scars and pot holes on my cheeks and forhead.I also have chicken pox scars all over my chest, shoulders and back,these chicken pox scars have been there since i was 15. what should i do.
Name: Jessica Vo
City:   perth
Comments:   how can i get rid of large pimples because everytime i go out i act so shy to everybody because am scared that people will think that am ugly!! please help!
Name: MANISHA
City:   england
Comments:   i am ten yrs old and i have about 100 spots! i have tried loads of different spot cream and it dose not work can u help me
Name: manisha
City:   england
Comments:   i need help and fast people at my skool take the mick out of me can u help
Name: azmil
City:   singapore
Comments:   Hi..u seem to be very busy with those questions...i hope u will have the time to answer my question..My face is very oily and there is white head.and there is scar on my face too..what should i dothnks if u could answer me.
Name: yemi
City:   lagos state nigeria
Comments:   i always have pimples on my face i am really tired of it plz give me a remedy
Name: MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ
City:   milwaukee
Comments:   i have black marks on my legs and i want to know how to get rid of them, I AM SO AMSHAMED TO WEAR SKIRTS AND SHORTS which i look forward to wearing this summer. SOMEONE PLEASE GIVE ME A REMEDY THAT WILL BLEACH MY DARK SPOTS!!! PLEASE IT WOULD BE A MIRACLE!!
Name: Sam
City:   Sydney, Australia
Comments:   Hi, im 18 year's old, and i am suffering from pimple scaring on my forehead, and chin, I believe i have a combination skin type. Moreover, some scars have are brown dots/holes, can u plz suggest a home remedy, and the ratio of ingredients in this mix(with approximate volume values). Thanks in advance.
Name: tolu
City:   vero
Comments:   pls pls pls help me. i have so many black spots on me face becuz of pimples they wont stop coming.he;p
Name: blank
City:   USA
Comments:   to help to smooth your skin, you can put elmer's glue on your face, once it dries up, wash your face. the if you like you can use a toner. after that your skin feels nicer!just use the school glue it works trust me!also for pimples put the stuff inside a tomato for an hour to reduce the pimple.
Name: kiran
City:   toronto
Comments:   i have small pimples which i cant get rid of help and im only 12
Name: Peter
City:   s.m
Comments:   I have dry pimples in my face which look very ugly.They leave a black spot on my face and even redish. Pleace help me i have try Proactive Solution and didn't work. PLLLLLZZZZZZ i need ur help. How can i get ride of those spots????????
Name: zarah
City:   Laguna
Comments:   ihave an oily skin and partner with pimples and blackhead,but idont know how rid of it.i want a solution that are natural and easy to find in my comfort of our home
Name: sufia
City:   england
Comments:   velcum velcum damn im tired...bin surfing on the net trying to find a solution for my scars, ive cum to a conclusion which is drink 8-10 glasses of water, along with a slice of lemon in it,during night apply vinegar on your face if you have senstive skin dilute it with water, vinegar clears up your spots scars, and woks well,to be honest i had used it 3 months ago and stred noticing improvment then i stopped and broke out again, so now i am here surfing the net trying to find other less expenisve tiops on clearing up scabby skin. so guys take my word apply vinegar to your face over night, and lemon is gud for you to it is high in vitamin c prevents acne form accuring. ok guys im off take care peace out
Name: Christian
City:   Italy
Comments:   Hi... just a few month ago i started getting pimples on my face but then it becam worst,, they don't usually come on the t-zone but always on my cheeks.. some say it is dued to the stomach.. i just want them to heal and disapear.. help!!! haha thanks
Name: ericka
City:   malaysia
Comments:   i have scars from previus pimples that i have burst, pls help me what should i do I also have black spots on my face.
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