By Sali Hughes
Keeping clean is essential, but don’t go mad with harsh scrubs
A 12-year-old friend is experiencing body breakouts so painful that she’s unable to carry her school backpack as designed. A number of my children’s mates are suffering, not to mention all the adults who write to ask about “bacne”. The cause, especially during adolescence, is usually hormonal, and no topical skincare product can treat an imbalance. But the pain, discomfort, social exclusion and depression associated with acne are not “part and parcel” of the teenage experience, so please don’t feel guilty about insisting on a GP’s referral if problems persist. There are things, however, that can help from the outside while the inside is given proper consideration.