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Best boy- friendly ways of dealing with blackheads?
ds2, nerly 12 and just off to secondary school has suddenly developed blackheads on his nose - no spots, no enlarged pores, just a few blackheads but as he's always had luminously perfect skin up until now he's quite upset. As he's painfully shy I don't want him having any more reasons to feel unconfident, especially as he's going to be meeting loads of new people in the next few weeks...
In the past his 'skincare routine' has consisted of using a damp flannel to remove any chocolate stains . I've given him some clearsil pads to clean his face with but these have made no discernible difference. Any recommendations for skincare stuff that an 11 year old boy might be happy to use?
I would also be interested what advice mumsnetters can offer. My son is 11 and also about to go to secondary and suddenly over the summer has developed spots around the Tzone area. I have told him he needs to wash thoroughly more than once a week but wondered if there were any suitable 'products' out there that could help.
My DS has just turned 15 so going into year 11 and his face has only just erupted.
He's got deep cleaning lotion that is slightly astringent and some cotton wool pads (that his sister is not to know about cos he thinks they're girly). I have also stressed the need for thorough washing with soap and water and plenty of fruit and vegetables and water to drink.
He's old enough to make his own decisions on these things and thankfully eats and drinks very healthily and is faiirly hygenic (for a teenage boy!).
It's only a phase but it's an embarrasing one, so I only mention it when I ask if he needs any lotion from the shops.
DS1 is also just about to start secondary school and literally overnight has developed a nose-ful of lovely spots (nowhere else, just on his nose). The little blighter won't let me squeeze them, although I just had to pin him down and operate on one which was threatening to obscure his vision.
He is quite keen to find some sort of magic potion to get rid of them, so I will get him some cleanser and cotton wool. He's quite into the whole grooming thing, so will probably give it a go.
DD1 ha a veritable forest of blackheads on her nose, and flawless skin everywhere else. I got her a Tweezerman blackhead extractor from Amazon, which has done a brilliant job (Tatty linked to it on here a few weeks back). It works on the kirby grip principle, like a little hook to pull them out with. She does it at night, her nose is red for a few hours and looks fine in the morning. (It also has a bigger hooky end bit for the full on pus explosion zits. )
Reading this with interest - DS(14) also has a face full of blackheads! I love nothing more than having a good squeezing session - I usually say I'll give him 10p per zit but never pay up. I tried to pin him down earlier but he wasn't having any of it
Maybe I should invest in some cleanser for him or the Tweezerman thing. I keep stressing the importance of plenty of fruit & veg but it's falling on deaf ears ...