3 Common Mistakes Parents Make Helping Teens Overcome Acne

3 Common Mistakes Parents Make Helping Teens Overcome Acne


If you’re a parent, you might one day find yourself living a vicarious acne nightmare through your child. Whether it’s just a smattering of pimples or a red face full of painful bumps, breakouts have a way of destroying a kid’s self-confidence and consuming his or her every thought. Particularly in today’s day and age—what with social media documenting every moment—we can probably all agree: being a teenager is hard enough without acne.

Given that acne affects upwards of 14 million Americans each year, it’s no wonder there are so many different ways to go about treating it. But think about it—if every treatment out there were effective, acne would likely cease to be a problem. Here’s a deeper look into some popular approaches parents explore in helping their children deal with acne, and why you should think twice about them, no matter how logical you may have thought they were.


It’s especially common for people who have never struggled with acne to subscribe to the myth that it’s happening solely because the skin is too oily. In truth, the oil is only part of the problem. (The other is acne-causing bacteria.) Encouraging your teen to cleanse more than twice a day and/or with unnecessarily harsh, drying products will ensure one thing—the skin will compensate by producing even more oil. If your teen’s skin is also sensitive—and yes, skin can be oily and sensitive at the same time—you’ll also add unwanted irritation and redness to the mix.


Visible acne (pimples, zits, blackheads) actually represents the final stage in the breakout cycle—which, by the way, takes around two full weeks to fully run its course. Accordingly, the proper recourse entails not only spot treatment products, which help existing blemishes go away faster, but preventative measures, which address what’s going on under the skin’s surface. If your teen has tried spot treatments, but still struggles with breakouts, now you know why.


Much like the over-washing phenomenon, DIY acne treatments can be a popular resort for parents who never struggled with acne themselves. To be honest, there’s so much misinformation out there touting a laundry list of seriously off-the-wall cures (Toothpaste? Flax oil? Hemorrhoid medicine? No, no, and no), not to mention various ideas on how any traditional medicine is somehow now harmful for everyone. (What does your doctor have to say about that?) We can’t blame anyone for latching on to hope that these strange measures will prove to be magical cures. Go ahead and have your child try them if you must—you won’t do any harm, but it’s unlikely you’ll effectively treat their acne.


Perhaps you’ve been seeing the commercials for your entire adult life, so you don’t need reminding, but Proactiv might be the most popular acne brand on the planet—and it’s been around for 20 years now. The reason? Put simply, it works. In fact, in a user-perception study* conducted by the brand on its latest acne treatment system, Proactiv+, 93% of participants reported fewer acne blemishes, while 92% noticed improved skin clarity. More than that—and this is very important for teens—it’s an easy-to-use three-step system that removes all the guesswork from the equation. To get rid of acne, it leverages benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid—ingredients that make up a great non-prescription topical approach—and it does so in a way that’s designed to maximize efficacy. In fact, Proactiv+ has been shown to work four times faster** than a leading topical acne prescription.

If you want a treatment for your teen’s acne Proactiv+ just might be your best bet. And if you’re skeptical, you’ll be happy to know that you can order it worry-free. (Meaning that, if it doesn’t live up to your expectations, you can send the bottles back—even if they’re empty! — within 60 days to get a full refund, less the cost of shipping and handling.) Even better? You can purchase the complete system right now for only $29.95. So, really, knowing how big an impact clear skin can have on a child’s confidence— you have everything to gain.

*After 13 weeks of use.

**Based on a user perception study after 13 weeks of use.

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