Summer is already over and all around the country, parents are sending their kids back to school. Whether a child is returning to grade school or to college, the transition period can be a bit tricky for everyone in the family. As a result, it might be difficult to remember to take care of their skin, but dermatologist Channing Barnett advises moms, dads and kids alike that healthy skin is the key to feeling great from head to toe.

Looking refreshed requires a combination of sleeping well, eating a nutritious diet and washing one’s face with the right products. According to Barnett, parents should set a good example for their children and teach them that good skin begins with proper care at a young age. Although effective treatments exist to address fine lines, wrinkles, redness and other blemishes that occur as a person grows older, maintaining healthy skin early on is a good idea.

Acne is a problem that can often be shared by both adults and teens alike. Many people have successfully undergone laser acne treatment, which can produce significant improvement in a matter of weeks. For kids, fall is the perfect time to begin seriously thinking about this procedure because they will be sitting in classrooms away from sunlight, which can sometimes affect results. Whether it’s a mild or severe case of acne, Barnett explained that washing the face with a non-comegodenic product can also help.

“Work on eliminating blackheads and whiteheads by using the right skincare products,” she said, adding that parents may want to try certain items for themselves before recommending them to their kids.

As the weather gets cooler and drier, it becomes more important to keep skin hydrated. Moms and dads may want to advise their children to drink plenty of water.

“A few simple things make a big difference in hydrating the skin,” Barnett stated, suggesting that families bathe or shower in lukewarm water, rather than hot.

Avoiding the use of harsh soaps and sticking to fragrance-free products can also prevent irritation, particularly for those who have acne or sensitive skin. Using gentle cleansers that are geared toward a specific skin type may help parents and children reduce their risk of experiencing itching or rashes. A mild moisturizer can be a great way to ensure that skin stays soft and smooth during the harsh winter months.

Back-to-school season means notebooks, backpacks and new shoes to many families, but adults who teach their kids to also focus on skincare can help ensure that they will both look and feel good. 

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Dr. Mitchell Chasin founded Reflections Center for skin & body as a place where physicians specializing in cosmetic medicine could focus on helping empower patients to feel their most beautiful. Dr. Chasin believes strongly that the best cosmetic physicians are those who are dedicated to mastering their craft through continuing education and collaboration with the industry’s top doctors.

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