Keeping Skin Healthy
Pimples and acne are tough to deal with, but mild cases can benefit from a holistic approach, Greenfield says. "In addition to hormonal changes, acne can be a manifestation of stress—which teenagers don't always know how to manage," he explains. It might take some prodding from you or another influential grown-up, but encourage your teen to try exercise, yoga, or meditation. Other strategies:
To decrease inflammation in kids older than age 12, Greenfield recommends a two-month trial of 1,500 to 2,000 milligrams daily of a fish oil supplement containng both EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids.
Tea Tree Oil
Try cleansers or creams with tea tree oil, Culbert says. Its antibacterial and skin-healing properties work just as well as benzoyl peroxide but cause less dryness and redness. (The herbal preparation does work more slowly, however.) Calendula, an anti-inflammatory herb, is another ingredient to look for.
"Some individuals are more sensitive to dairy and sugar, making them prone to breakouts," Greenfield says. Try eliminating these. The information in this article is not meant to be comprehensive or to substitute for your own doctor's advice.