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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: Jaslyn Neo
City:   Singapore
Comments:   I am 27 years old. I have alot of oil block on my chain area for many years, cannot get rid of it. Any suggestionNULL
Name: gayan darshana lakruwan
City:   sri lankaI
Comments:   I am 20 years old.i have lot of pimples .cannot get ridof it.any suggestionNULL
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 themNULL 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 againNULL 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 helpNULL 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,
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