ASK THE DOC Teen girl’s des­per­ate to find an acne cure

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I’m a 16-year- old girl and re­ally em­bar­rassed by my acne. Noth­ing seems to work, what can I do? There are sev­eral self-help tech­niques, which may be use­ful.

These in­clude, not wash­ing the af­fected ar­eas of skin more than twice a day.

Fre­quent wash­ing can ir­ri­tate the skin and make symp­toms worse.

It’s best to wash the af­fected area with a mild soap or cleanser and luke­warm wa­ter.

Very hot or cold wa­ter can make acne worse.

Don’t try to “clean out”black­heads or squeeze spots.

This can make them worse and cause per­ma­nent scar­ring.

You should avoid us­ing too much makeup and cos­met­ics and you should also re­move make-up be­fore go­ing to bed.

If dry skin is a prob­lem, use a fra­grance­free, wa­ter-based emol­lient.

Reg­u­lar ex­er­cise can’t im­prove your acne, but it can boost your mood and im­prove your self-es­teem.

Shower as soon as pos­si­ble once you fin­ish ex­er­cis­ing, as sweat can ir­ri­tate your acne.

Wash your hair reg­u­larly and try to avoid let­ting your hair fall across your face. Although acne can’t be cured, it can be con­trolled with treat­ment.

Sev­eral creams, lo­tions and gels for treat­ing spots are avail­able at phar­ma­cies. If you de­velop acne, it’s a good idea to speak to your phar­ma­cist for ad­vice.

Prod­ucts con­tain­ing a low con­cen­tra­tion of ben­zoyl per­ox­ide may be rec­om­mended.

How­ever, be care­ful as this can bleach cloth­ing.

If your acne is se­vere or ap­pears on your chest and back, it may need to be treated with an­tibi­otics or stronger creams that are only avail­able on pre­scrip­tion. My baby seems to suf­fer from nappy rash quite a lot. Why is that? Up to a third of ba­bies and tod­dlers in nap­pies have nappy rash at any one time. Nappy rash can be caused by your baby’s skin be­ing in con­tact with wee or poo for a long time.

The nappy rub­bing against your baby’s skin, not clean­ing the nappy area or chang­ing the nappy of­ten enough, soap, de­ter­gent or bub­ble bath, al­co­hol-based baby wipes or if your baby re­cently tak­ing an­tibi­otics.

There may be red patches on your baby’s bottom, or the whole area may be red.

Their skin may look sore and feel hot to touch, and there may be spots, pim­ples or blis­ters.

Most ba­bies with mild nappy rash don’t feel sore, but if the rash is se­vere, your baby may feel un­com­fort­able and be dis­tressed.

If your baby gets nappy rash, you can usu­ally treat their skin your­self.

If the rash isn’t up­set­ting your baby, at each nappy change ap­ply a thin layer of a bar­rier cream to pro­tect their skin.

Ask your phar­ma­cist to rec­om­mend one.

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able from the NHS In­form web­site. Log onto www. nhsin­

Acne wor­ries Can be a con­cern for any teenager trou­bled by it

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