Teens and acne have always gone hand in hand. But the reality of being a teenager and having to suffer with teen acne can be devastating.
That’s why, as a parent, understanding teenage acne is vital to a successful resolution of this issue. Acne as a physical condition is very complex, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. But more important to remember is that the emotional and psychological effects of acne on your teenager can hurt more deeply than any pimple. You need to approach things holistically – mind, body and spirit.
Such an approach involves talking openly with your teen about acne, supporting good habits and acne regimens, finding and consulting with a dermatologist your teen can relate to, and finding the acne treatments that work best for your teen’s individual situation.
Yes, teenage acne is a common condition, but that doesn’t make it easier for your teen to deal with. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Consider this:
‘Teenagers with acne said they had more dissatisfaction with their looks, lower self-esteem, and more anxiety about social interaction, including dating. Those adolescents who had a ‘take control’ attitude in managing their acne with over-the-counter skin care products felt better about their appearance and had higher self-esteem.’*
When it comes to acne, the idea that teens will grow out of it or that it’s a passing phase often makes parents and caregivers delay seeking treatment. But to help your child now, and in the long run, the best thing to do about teen acne is to deal with it early, openly and with care, finding a solution that works for your teen and your family. If your child is under the age of 13 and experiencing acne, consult a dermatologist or pediatrician. Treating acne early and properly will help avoid scaring – both physical and emotional – and may help prevent it from becoming severe.