Its Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion Flash logoThis week the Jackie of Aging Backwards is hosting Fashion Flash.   We all  meet  many people in our lives  Some we like, some we don’t and then there are those who you feel lucky to know– and Jackie is one of them.  She has boundless energy, enthusiasm and curiosity for  new ideas and respect for old ones.  She  has an uncanny ability to seek out  all the  best in health, beauty and technology — cerainly  reasons why she was choosen to Beta test Google glasses.  Jackie doesn’t  just write about alternative health options,  she  lives them.  If you can’t  know  Jackie personally,  you can still experience her positive energy and information in her blog,  Aging Backwards.   

Acne Gets Center Stage at  American Academy of Dermatology Conference

Acne  is known as a common problem for   teens and young adults, but  now the age Fashion Flash Acne in Youngstersrange  has  gone both younger and older.  Where once doctors  saw  acne beginning at age  12,  they now report  children  as young as 8 or 9 coming in for acne treatment.  On the other end of the spectrum, dermatologist  often report  menopause related acne. Causes and treatment of  schoolage acne  was  one of the keynote presentations of the recent  American Academy of Dermatology  meeting at the Hilton in New York City

Acne in youngsters is  so  new that most traditional treatments for acne are  not  FDA  approved  for children under  age 12.  Early acne    can also be a sign that  the acne will become severe and scarring as the child goes into adolesence. While  its certainly not life threatening, acne  can be the trigger for teasing  and bullying. 

Treating Acne in Children   

Doctors recommend washing the face with a mild oil free cleanser and applying  benzoyl peroxide gel  both morning and night.   Some doctors are using  milder forms of Retin A like Differin.  Recently  the FDA  approved  the first Retin A for children under 12 that is actually a combination of Retin A and benzoyl peroxide.  Oral antibiotics  which are such  a staple for adult acne treatment  can be a problem for children because they tend to stain developing teeth. For more information including  research on  the causes  of acne in children visit American Acne and Rosacea Society website.


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