Why does my 5 year old daughter have acne?
She has little white heads and black heads on her nose and cheeks. It is barely noticable unless you are face to face with her but I'm sure it will get worse as she gets older. Is there anything that I can use to help make it go away? The normal face washes and treatments all say not to use on people under the age of 12.
- The momLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
I doubt it's true acne. It could simply be she isn't getting her face clean often enough. If you live in a city, the air alone in some places can do a number on your skin. Clean her face with a cotton pad and witch hazel, you will probably discover this is the trouble. Wipe your own face, and you will see what I mean. What gets on your face, from the pollution, gets on hers as well. And little ones have more tender skin. Witch hazel is the major component of most acne facial washes anyway, and it's a good mild rinse for anybodys skin. One or two wipedowns a day should do it for her. It won't necessarily miraculously remove the spots she has, but it will discourage more forming and her body can take care of the rest. You can use the pore cleaning strips on her nose safely enough, but not much else. If it doesn't show signs of improving, you might ask the pediatrician about it. Little ones do get breakouts that aren't serious, and aren't acne, but the pediatrician would be the best one to ask about a solution if it's needed.Source(s): nurse
- Anonymous1 decade ago
I don't think it's acne. I would make an appoinment with her doctor to see what the problem might be. This might just be a warning / sympton that she might have something. Good luck & I hope she gets better.
- VioletLv 41 decade ago
Could it be a reaction to something like sunscreen or bug repellant?
Or a reaction to something she's been eating?
I agree that I wouldn't treat it as acne, though.
- 1 decade ago
That is not acne. Sounds like keratosis pilaris which is very common in children. She will most likely outgrow it.
Could also be milia, but it is more commonly found in infants and newborns.Source(s): http://www.dermadoctor.com/pages/newsletter51.asp http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/00...
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- CarlaLv 45 years ago
Could be a sinus infection too coming out in zit form on the nose