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Adoption Expert Q&A Webinar: Skin and Hair Care

transracial adoption skin and hair care expert Brooke Jackson When you become a parent through adoption, your child’s hair and skin may be different from your own -- particularly if you adopted transracially. Join Brooke Jackson, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist, to ask questions about any of the challenges you've faced (including dry winter skin or hair) during Adoptive FamiliesAdoption Expert Q&A Webinar: Skin and Hair Care on February 26, 2013 from 1PM to 2PM EST.

Brooke Jackson, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist, is the Medical Director of the Skin Wellness Center of Chicago and a Clinical Assistant Professor at Northwestern University. Her specialties include ethnic skin care, laser therapy, and skin cancer prevention. She recently published a guidebook for adoptive families, Child of Mine: Caring for the Skin and Hair of Your Adopted Child. Dr. Jackson is also a 10-time marathoner, eight-time triathlete, and the adoptive mom of three energetic toddlers.

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My 3 year old AA son has struggled with ringworm in his scalp for four months now. He is not able to attend group play or have his hair cut at the barber until it is gone. He has been on two rounds of griseofulvin. Any other advice to get rid of this? Thanks. Miranda.

By grimthecat on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 3:03 pm.

My 2 yr old daughter has eczema and seborrheic dermatitis.  We are washing her scalp 2-3 times a week with prescribed shampoo to help her terrible itching, but that’s not ideal for her long hair.  Our dermatologist told me to stop using olive oil on her hair or scalp.  I’ve tried jojoba oil, but feel it also caused problems.  Are there other natural oils that I should try for conditioning treatments or prior to swimming?  What about 100% natural aloe vera?  Thanks!! smile Brenda

By bjm10 on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 5:54 pm.

I have 2 adopted children from Ethiopia.  A girl 10 & a boy 7.  I have contact dermatitis.  I am allergic to any with a paraben, cocamidopropyl Betaine, Carmine, Lanolin.  Can you recommend any shampoos or lotions that I can use on the kids that won’t break me out?

By Donna O. on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 7:08 pm.

We are adopting an infant boy with albinism.  Aside from a lot of sunscreen and hats, how do we handle his skin and hair?  Do we treat his skin as AA skin even though it is white? Is there a particular sunscreen that you would recommend over others as we will be using it daily all over his face and exposed skin.  I would like to avoid chemicals that can cause harm over extended periods of time if that is possible (like parabens).  Thank you!!

By jennyinguate on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2:50 pm.

I have two teen aged daughters from China.  They both will have break outs around the scalp line and occasionally all over. We have tried Proactive (reacted badly) and visited the dermatologist who prescribed expensive treatment, but was not very effective.  They do not tolerate the active ingredient in ProActive and many over the counter treatments.  (can’t remember the name, sorry).  Do you suggest a treatment that is effective for Asian skin? Thank you.

By JES on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 3:31 pm.

We have twin 3 year old boys from Ethiopia.  What do you recommend for hair and skin care.  There are so many choices and all claim to be great.  I feel like its trial and error (which is getting spendy).  We have a couple products we like but none that we love.  What do you recommend?

By iowamomof4 on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 4:21 pm.

My 12 year old daughter adopted from China has dry skin - except in the “T zone”  she has begun to have acne breakouts in that area and on her back (lots of small pimples).  We’ve tried the over the counter things but they have something in them that cause her to react (the “s” acid I think) and make her skin extremely dry and uncomfortable.  Can you recommend a product that would help to cut down on the acne without drying her out so much?  Something to use daily to wash with and then moisturize as well as something during breakouts?  What is the best thing to do for her back?  She washes it with a wash cloth and dove liquid soap now.  Thanks!

By Sandi9 on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 6:05 pm.

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