Risky Routines: Young Kids Abusing Adult Skin Care Products


ORLANDO, FL (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Establishing a skin care routine is important at any age. But some young kids might be taking it a little too far by using expensive products and ingredients made for adults and it could be doing more harm than good.

Young influencers on social media are setting the beauty bar high. They’re using expensive products and encouraging their followers to do the same.

Shelley Fox, DNP, FNP-BC, Dermatology Nurse Practitioner says, “I don’t think it’s necessary for any child or adolescent to really be going crazy buying skin care products.”

Fox says social media has a strong impact on young kids. She says when it comes to skin care, just because a favorite influencer or celebrity is using a product, that doesn’t mean it’s right or safe for everyone.

“A lot of influencers are paid well to endorse certain products that they don’t necessarily even fully understand all of the ingredients that are in the products and the potential side effects that they can have,” explains Fox.

Fox says some ingredients can be harmful to kids, especially if they aren’t used correctly. That includes alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, retinoids, and topical steroids.

She says instead to look for ingredients like sunflower seed oil or ceramides. Those have been tested to be safe for kids.

Fox says kids should keep it simple, and there’s no need for fancy ingredients or exfoliators. She says a good routine includes a gentle cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen. She also adds, kids with acne, eczema or other skin conditions need to be especially careful with the products they use.

Contributors to this news report include: Lindsay Dailey, Producer; Bob Walko, Editor.



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