September means the start of cooler, crisp fall air, and back to school for our kiddos! Everyone wants to feel confident going into the new school year, and having healthy skin will boost everyone’s confidence. Here are some tips on how to send your kids back to school with clear skin:
First and foremost, don’t complicate your routine. The best skincare routine is one you can be consistent with. Before rushing out of the house in the morning, prioritize washing your face with a gentle cleanser, moisturizing with non-comedogenic moisturizer, and applying SPF. Make sure not to skip a well balanced breakfast low in processed sugars, as these sugars can lead to more acne breakouts and clogged pores.
After school activities still mean fun in the sun, so don’t forget to continue to apply SPF! Routine application of SPF will help to reduce acne scarring. You can simplify the routine by choosing a non-comedogenic facial moisturizer with mineral SPF to keep your skin from drying out as the weather cools down.
Wash off the sweat and grime from the day immediately after any sports or physical activities. Don’t forget to wash sports gear regularly as these can worsen chest and back acne if not properly cleaned. If not participating in after school activities, be sure to still wash your face with a gentle cleanser before bed and remove any excess makeup. Apply facial moisturizer as needed as well before getting a good night’s rest.
I hope these simple tips can make your return to school more enjoyable. If your child is in need of a more individualized acne or skin care regimen, schedule with one of our Physician Assistants for a more personalized evaluation. Happy first week of school!
Terra Fodstad, PA-C