Advice from dermatologists

Children's skin care

Skin care for babies and children

Just because there are many baby skin care products on the market doesn't mean they're all good. However, you should not try all of them in order to understand which product is working best for the child's skin because in the meantime it can damage their skin, which is very delicate.

Dermatologist Kristen Cook, told CNN that when parents go to buy these products, importance should be paid to the instruction on their content.

"You should look for products that have a thick, creamy texture and no fragrance," she said.
"I remember when I became a mother for the first time, every time I went to buy products for the care of my baby's skin, I had a feeling of panic, lest I buy something I shouldn't", she said, adding that these purchases can be incredibly simple just based on the texture of the cream.

But she also announced that the label "fragrance free" means that the product does not contain added fragrances to make it smell good.

"'Perfume-free' is not the same as 'flavouring-free,'" Cook said.

For children, it is also important to look for products that contain as few harmful chemicals as possible, which are called "parabens" and "phthalates", since these products are harmful. It is recommended to use high quality products.

"Skin care does not necessarily have to be very expensive", said dermatologist Marisa Garshick, explaining that there are products on the market that are of high quality while the price is low.

According to her, it is important that the product protects the skin barrier, does not contain harmful chemicals and is perfume-free.

"Soaps or shampoos and creams containing retinoids and exfoliating acids should not be used, because the baby's skin does not need them," she said.

Dermatology Jodi LoGerfo has emphasized that shampoos and creams for baby girls should not have too high a pH because it can cause itching, thinning of the skin, irritation and infection in the diaper area.

"The ingredients that should be avoided are: sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), artificial red and yellow dyes, which are known to cause allergies, and normally fragrances," she said, adding that these chemicals cause great damage to the skin .