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Dear Goldie,

I am 11-years old and have started to break out with pimples. I feel very self-conscious, and want to do the right thing to get rid of them. Is it okay to pop pimples?  

Signed, Lindsay in NJ age 11

Dear Lindsay,

It is very common at your age to begin having breakouts, and the right time to begin taking good care of your skin.

There are just a few simple steps to begin your regime if you have mild breakouts:

Step 1: Cleanse your face gently twice a day, once in the morning and again before bed.

Step 1: Try a toner or astringent if your skin is oily. 

Step 3: Moisturize to help replace some of the oils in your skin, using an “oil-free” product.

Step 4: Always use sunscreen.

Hair care is also a part of good skin care, and shampooing several times a week and keeping your hair off your face is important.

Do not “pop” pimples. The bacteria which cause pimples will spread. Popping pimples can sometimes cause scarring.

Talk to your parents and ask them to help you find the right treatment for your skin. Don’t forget, they may have had the same questions when they were your age and have the answers!

Dear Goldie,

I’m 10 and I’ve noticed that my legs are starting to get lots of hair on them.  I asked my mom if I should start shaving them.  She said I could if having fuzzy legs bothers me but otherwise she said I should wait.    

It doesn’t bother me to have hair on my legs but I’m wondering when are girls supposed to start shaving? 

Signed, Fran in CA, age 10

Dear Fran,

I’m glad you asked your mom first.  Sometimes we forget our moms were once tweens just like us.  There is no age when girls are “supposed” to start shaving.   Your mom gave you the okay but before you try it, you should talk to your mom about what kind of razor and shave crème she uses.  She’s had lots of years to find out what works best for her and that might work best for you too. 


I can also recommend a really good book that answers all kinds of questions like these.  It is called The Care & Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls  from the American Girl Library.

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