A pimple already?! Possibly. If you’re like most girls your age, you can begin experiencing zits and blemishes as early as age 9. In fact, more than 85% of teenagers deal with acne, and it all starts during the tween years just as you are entering puberty.
Where is This Stuff Coming From?!
Our bodies are covered in millions of pores. Each pore is connected to an oil gland. Normally, these oil glands produce just enough oil to help keep our skin smooth and soft. But, during puberty, the amount of oil your body produces increases dramatically due to hormone surges. This increase in oil production can cause pores to get clogged, resulting in every tweens nemesis: a pimple!
Pimples (also known as zits) are red, inflamed pores that can also have pus in them. Pus is actually a sign of your body trying to fight off the pimple as your white blood cells rush to the rescue and kill off the bacteria inside the inflamed area. When the cells die, they turn into pus—Yuck!
How to Get Rid of the Dreaded Zit
While frequent breakouts may be a sign to visit your doctor for acne medication, most of us only suffer a pimple occasionally and can treat them easily. Wash your face daily using a mild soap or facial cleanser.
When you do get a pimple, keep the following in mind:
*Look for an over the counter medication that is specifically formulated for pimples/zits.
*Don’t squeeze or pop pimples that have yet to form a “head”. Doing so can cause them to become infected—and twice the size!
*Avoid touching your face and adding oils from your hands to your face.
*If a zit is painful, try soaking a washrag in hot water and then put it on the zit. This can help relieve swelling and ease the pain.
*Eat a healthy diet (hello fruits and veggies, goodbye Doritos and Twinkies) and drink lots of water.
While You Wait for the Pimple to Disappear
If you find yourself embarrassed over the blemish, try using some concealer (skin colored makeup) that you can put on the pimple and try to blend it into your skin color. And remember—just because you feel like everyone is staring at you doesn’t mean they actually are. Chances are, they are looking at you and worrying that you’ll notice their pimple! So, remember to be kind to others who are going through the same thing. Loving someone in spite of their appearance is a great example of sisterly love. As it says in 1 Corinthians 13:4¸ “Love is kind.”
Chat it Out:
Stand in front of a trusted adult and scan their face for blemishes. Poke any that you find. Then, ask them these questions:
- 1.How old were you when you starting getting pimples?
- 2.What is the best way to get rid of a pimple?
- 3.Are there things I can do to keep my skin in the best condition?
MEET THE AUTHOR
I wish I could tell you that pimples are temporary, but I still get a few to this day. The good news is they are easy to manage once you get the hang of it. The most important thing it to follow tried and true tips that you know work for others.
It seems kind of cruel that the time that your tween is becoming most aware of her looks is also the time that hormones kick in and have the ability to dot her face with unwanted pimples. But, we all go through it, and often all it takes for your tween to deal with it is a caring adult who will guide her.
Help her find treatments that work best for her skin type, and talk to her about making food choices that are best for her growing body and skin. Keep an eye on how well the treatments work, and if the problem persists, help her to get further help.