This year Back-to-School or Online School 2020 might include schedules, books, clothes, masks, and supplies, but a visit to your dermatologist is a must. Before you stock up on supplies, make sure their skin is ready by scheduling an appointment with one of our skin experts here at Trillium Creek Dermatology.
Skin Care for Wearing Face Masks
Protecting your face with a mask creates a moist, hot environment for your skin, as your breathing is being trapped. This can lead to a build-up of sweat and oil on the skin under the mask, which can lead to inflammation, rashes, and even acne breakouts.
- Make sure to wash your face thoroughly before and after wearing a mask.
- Skip wearing makeup, unless its mineral makeup.
It might seem obvious, but if you’re used to wearing makeup on your entire face, it’s time to shift your application to only what’s above eye level. Any potentially irritating or pore-clogging ingredients should be avoided under the mask-covered skin.
Get On a Skin Care Routine
Whether you’re heading back to school or online schooling, this time of year can cause a lot of anxiety. This added stress can lead to acne flare-ups. That’s why the perfect time to go see your dermatologist is before school starts.
There are over-the-counter topical treatments available for cases of mild acne and, when used according to directions, these topical acne spot treatments
can provide an effective remedy. Mild cleansing routines and face masks can also provide some relief.
For moderate to advanced cases, however, and for those not responding to conventional treatment, you will require a prescription medication.
We’ll create a customized skin care plan that includes: topical therapy, prescription treatments, oral antibiotics and vitamins, hormone/birth control pills, and acne laser treatments.
Regular Skin Checks
Moles on a child’s skin are usually nothing to worry about. New moles appear during childhood and adolescence. As the child grows, the moles will naturally get bigger. It’s also normal for moles on a child’s skin to darken or lighten. Some moles fade away. These changes are common and rarely a sign of melanoma, a type of skin cancer that can begin in a mole.
In fact, melanoma is rare in young children. Even so, there are times when a mole should be checked by a dermatologist. Caught early, melanoma is highly treatable.
Full skin exams by a skin care expert who is trained to detect areas of concern on your child’s skin should be done at least once a year, especially if your child has many moles, or there is a family history of melanoma. A dermatologist should be consulted if there is a specific concern.