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Getting Rid of Face and other Acne - Treatment, Causes, and Prevention for Tween and Teen Boys

Updated on May 13, 2011

Acne. It really doesn't matter what age you are, acne can creep up on you when you least expect it. Often times it is mild. Sometimes it's simply out of control. The only way to prevent acne and the only way to get rid of it, is to stay on top of it and take care of your skin, whichever body part your acne may be popping up.

Yadda yadda yadda? Maybe. But truth is, mother knows best. And I am speaking from personal experience. Not just in dealing with my own skin, but that of my pre teen son's.

Yes, pimples do tend to start early, especially while certain developmental changes are occurring. You know, those milestone developments that you don't talk about; the ones that frighten you and make you proud all at the same time?

For most, solid hygiene habits are key to acne prevention and to decreasing acne severity. This is true for anyone. For this reason, getting your child started early and following up with their daily personal hygienic habits is a must.

You see, at around this time, and unlike their female counterparts unfortunately, pre-teen boys (or tweens as that age group is often referred to today) tend to postpone hygienic rituals until they either can't stand themselves, or they are forced into it. I'm here to say, force away and make sure they not only have appropriate products, but that they also know how to use them.

This means you have to know your son and pay attention to the ever changing conditions of his skin type and hair, whether the change is due to hormones, weather, activity level, foods eaten, etcetera.  Don't assume that just because they are boys that it doesn't matter. It does, because you're instilling proper habits and product usage that will stick with them for the rest of their lives.

Get them into good hygiene habits - start with Shampoo

If your son's hair isn't like your own, or if your own smells girlie, get him his own shampoo suitable for his hair type. Proper shampooing helps control oils that spread to the forehead and sides of the face, oils which can cause acne.

Make sure there is no lavender in it, as lavender extract has been known to cause "malfunctioning" of hormones in boys. Lavender extract has a few different names, so it's best to simply stay away from all lavender products when it comes to your boys. Slight amounts are fine. Daily use is NOT.

Start early with deoderants and face cleansers.

Get them used to wearing deodorant every day. Whether or not they are consistently stinky is of no matter. It's habit that matters. What type of deodorant is your call. I myself make sure to stay away from all alums, but this is not an easy task unless you live near a specialty shop. Do make sure that whatever men's deodorant you chose, it is not too strong. A regular one will do just fine.

Boys need to wash their face too. Nothing harsh, just something that works and is meant for the face. Neutrogena is a great product line and doesn't build up. Regular Deep Clean is fine, but if they're looking for something that's more for a guy, they have many products for men. They'll come to like the winter fresh feeling on their face and will be more likely to use it if the end result is pleasing. Yes, boys and men are not very different from girls and women in this regard. Be sure that they are shown the right amount to use and how to apply and how long to massage it into their face. Boys can tend to do things a bit too quickly. For this reason, let them know to count to sixty while applying and to rinse very well before moving onto their next step. Boys, not just girls and women, should also use a facial scrub, applied the same way and in lieu of a facial soap. A larger beading in the scrub is best. Getting them started on a good regiment now will significantly prevent the early onset of acne.

The right body wash and loofah, used regularly and properly, will help stave off pimples that pop up on their back, legs, and other personal areas.

Body wash is just as important as face soap and shampoo when it comes to acne. While proper shampooing helps control oils that spread to the forehead and sides of the face, and face wash helps control the oils on the face, a good body wash will control oils that could lead to pimples on the back as well as in other unwanted places that are a bit more private. Again nothing too strong and nothing pore clogging. A gentle deep clean by Neutrogena is my recommendation. Not only does it work well, but it's gender neutral in packaging and scent. Fortunately or unfortunately, products that are gender specific to men or products that are gender neutral in style and smell are going to help your son keep up with his hygiene. NO bar soaps, either for their face or their body. I've found that soaps in liquid form work best and clog much less. And make certain that your son has his own loofah. They come in all sorts of favorite colors. As for keeping you clean and getting soap deep into and out of pores, a loofah can't be beat. Do make sure that they know how much to put on and to put more if the soap runs out before they are done. Do make sure that they know how to get all the soap out before hanging it up.

A clean mouth prevents acne.

Make sure they brush their teeth after meals (as soon as they get home from school if they can't or won't or don't have time to brush there. Yes, not brushing your teeth aids in facial acne. The oils and whatnot seep right through the cheeks, so that even if you're washing your face, if you're not brushing your teeth you're going to have more issues than you think.

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Keep bedding clean. It is a good idea to change out bedding at least once a week, especially during these crucial hormonal and bad food habits stages of the tween and teen. It is during sleep that acne subsides or begins to flare, so making sure that what we sleep on is fresh, is a must. Pillow cases can be changed out more regularly, especially during those extra oily times. Oils from the night before make it more difficult for the healing powers of sleep to do their trick. Not to mention the fact that our skin oils that get soaked up by our bedding attract dust throughout the day.

Also make sure that dust in the areas they hang out in don't get too dusty. It's hard to keep things clutter free and anywhere near a semblance of perfect when you have kids (believe me I know!), but a once a week cleaning and wiping down of surfaces (including toys and other things they mess around with) in their rooms or hangout areas will aid in keeping acne at bay more than one would realize.

And finally, get them into these two habits:

The habit of washing their hands frequently (which they ought to be doing anyway) and the habit of not touching their face. Touching your face, especially if your hands are not freshly washed, is the number one no-no when it comes to preventing zits, pimples, acne, whatever you want to call it. Even freshly washed hands retain oils that could cause acne flair-ups.

Follow the steps outlined above the moment you see any signs of stinky pits, the start of hair growth in special spots, or the beginnings of a lack of positive hygienic habits. While pimples are inevitable, and some are more prone to break-outs than others, knowing how to prevent acne and how to care for acne at an early age will benefit your boys in the long run. They may never thank you, but you'll know you've done well.

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    • profile image

      Mercy Joseph 

      7 years ago

      Every teenage guys should read this hub.It is quite relavant and provides great information .The recommended Neutrogena Products are also very good.Thanks a lot for sharing this :)


    • Frieda Babbley profile imageAUTHOR

      Frieda Babbley 

      7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Hey there Randy Behavior. I've been reading your poems, by the way. Thanks so much for writing them. No, took that one, and the other poems and short stories off, but haven't put them anywhere else yet. I'll let you know if I do publish them again.

      Yeah that teeth brushing thing is more important than you actually would think, so don't forget =). Great to see you here. Keep on writing those poems for us. We loooooove them!

    • Randy Behavior profile image

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      I just came looking to see if you'd written anything new. Decided to read this even though it'll be years until I have to deal. But hey, I learned something. The brushing teeth to help your face is news to me. Cool! You get credit for expanding my mind today.

      I have a dead link to your soft and delicious poem... is it outside HP somewhere I could relink?

    • Frieda Babbley profile imageAUTHOR

      Frieda Babbley 

      7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      It's has to do with the ph in your mouth. Also greases and whatnot stay in your mouth and get spread around and seep through the skin of your cheeks. And sometimes you eat foods that you're sensitive to but don't know it, this will cause a different kind of acne. There are many kinds of acne you can get for a variety of reasons. Hope this clarifies some. Thanks, fucsia. Nice to meet you. Love your hubs by the way.

    • fucsia profile image


      7 years ago

      I did not know that a clean mouth prevents acne! Very interesting information... But I do not understand why....??

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      7 years ago

      If you have had skin problems for years and you need to get on top of them, there are a number of things you can do, especially in regards to how to remove whiteheads on nose.

      First of all, if you're someone who needs to know how to remove whiteheads on nose, realize that you're not alone. A lot of people have this problem, men and women alike. And because they can get worse during hormonal swings, they can strike at any time during your life.

      • Clean the skin with mild soap and water morning and evening. It is recommended that this routine is not carried more than four times a day, as it may dry out the skin significantly.

      • Dry the face, back or pressure affected areas with a towel, never carving.

      • Use the special cleaners for the face (astringent lotions) should have very oily skin, since only then is it possible to remove impurities that soap can not remove.

      More information to REMOVE WHITEHEADS ON NOSE on a website:

    • Frieda Babbley profile imageAUTHOR

      Frieda Babbley 

      8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Thanks for popping in, Hello, hello,. Baby soap/shampoo, is good to use, but for many not powerful enough (not for me it wasn't, and certainly not for my son either). I did try that, but unfortunately it wasn't for us. And there's a "baby" stigma that causes issues with some boys at this age. Thanks for sharing that tip. It's important to find just the right brands and products within those brands because everyone is so different.

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      We wash with baby soap only and therefore had no problems. Whether Acne comes anyway or people use perfumed soap or crem, I don't know.

    • Frieda Babbley profile imageAUTHOR

      Frieda Babbley 

      8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Thanks so much, Joyce F. lol Not so dear to my heart either. Crazy isn't it? Yup a clean mouth is so important for quite more than we think.

    • Joyce F profile image

      Joyce F 

      8 years ago from USA

      Great Hub! Very informative. This is a topic (not so)dear to my heart. I didn't know mouth hygiene was so critical to acne.


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