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Teenage Acne – the emotional toil

As a parent you worry about every aspect of your teenager’s life, from their safety and security to their physical and emotional state. During high school teenagers start coming into their personalities and define who they are and what they stand for. It is during this stage of life they are exposed to multiple pressures. They suffer under pressure to perform academically, pressure to perform in the sports arena as well as pressure of trying to fit in and look the part. Peer pressure and bullying are major concerns during this time and many children who are physically or socially different from others may be targeted.

Acne affects approximately 85% of the teenager population (between the ages of 12-25). Taking into consideration that so many people are affected by acne there should be a supportive environment for people suffering from this condition. Unfortunately this is not the case and bullying, teasing and social stigma are the common realities in schools. Acne can significantly a person’s confidence and self-esteem resulting in them being withdrawn or insecure. The severity of the acne does not necessarily directly relate to insecurity of the person. Even an individual who suffers from mild to moderate acne can be affected psychologically and in severe cases low self-esteem can even lead to depression.

Acne is an easily treatable condition and parents should take the necessary steps to reduce acne before it can affect their child’s confidence. Patients can use over the counter medication or even prescription medication to reduce symptoms. Dermalex Acne is an over the counter topical medication that has proven to reduce mild to moderate papules by 52%. Dermalex Acne forms an antiseptic shield on the skin to reduce p.acne bacterial growth; one of the major causes of acne formation. It also contains soothing and calming ingredients that help control the oil production, reduce the redness and soothe the skin.

Find Dermalex Acne Dis-Chem, Clicks and all leading independent pharmacies.

 

Reference List

http://www.nveee.org/statistics/

http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/skin_stuff/acne.html

http://www.dermalex.co.za/

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/11/29/acne.depression/

http://www.dermnetnz.org/acne/acne-psychological-effects.html

Cortisone treatment for child eczema


As mothers we want to protect our children from anything that could hurt them.

Atopic Eczema

We unfortunately cannot protect them from the genetic conditions we pass onto them. 

Many children inherit Atopic Dermatitis or eczema from their parents. It affects 1 in 5 children and up to 10% of adults. Although eczema is genetically inherited it is important to understand that your children may also develop it as a result of exposure to certain allergens.

 

Cortisone treatments

Eczema can be quite devastating and can cause extreme discomfort in children. There are many treatments available today but the most common is topical corticosteroids. These medications are solely used to reduce inflammation, itching or scaling. They need to be used with a barrier repair cream in order to restore the skin and effectively treat the condition.  

 

Corticosteroids come in various strengths depending on the severity of the eczema. You can buy hydrocortisone over the counter or obtain a prescription for stronger, more potent medications. It is vital that you use these medications as prescribed as they are known to cause severe side effects.  These effects can be devastating in babies and children as their skin is still developing and can be sensitive. Corticosteroids are prescribed for short term use only as cause skin thinning and in rare cases stretch marks.

 

Many individuals dilute corticosteroids with emollients so that they can be it over the long term. This is not safe and can do damage to your child’s skin over the long term. It is important that you always consult a doctor before trying any treatment for eczema.

 Dermalex Eczema Children box & tube


There is another option……

As a mother you need to look for a long term treatment option for your children. This option should reduce the itch and redness without the time limitations and side effects.

 

Dermalex Repair is an effective self-treatment without cortisone and without side effects.  It is the perfect compromise between the two treatment methods. Dermalex effectively targets the damaged skin barrier and reduces symptoms.