Acne is a common problem for teenagers, and most parents of those teens probably dealt with it themselves, to some degree. In most cases, the acne disappeared once the teenage years were past but this is little comfort to most teens in the midst of it now. As a parent, you need to provide moral support but also some good hard facts.
Now, just because you dealt with acne when you were a teen doesn’t make you an expert. The best acne treatments and medications have come a long way in the last few years. Knowing what is available today will let you help your child decide the best way to deal with their acne.
It’s always a good idea to talk to a health care professional for advice. For one thing, a dermatologist can tell you for sure whether those spots are in fact acne. There are other skin conditions that look similar, but need to be treated differently.
Teenagers are usually embarrassed by their acne, so it might be a touchy subject to talk about. You’ll know your teen best but it’s important to be supportive and understanding. Never accuse them of bad habits that led to acne – the old myths about acne being caused by chocolate and greasy foods have been proven to be false.
It’s likely that your teenager is trying every possible acne control technique. If if they avoid talking about it, it’s probably on their mind most of the time. It can affect their self image and in some cases can ultimately lead to depression and withdrawal.
Let them know that you’re available and will do whatever you can to help them with their acne problem. It can sometimes help to talk about your own experiences if you dealt with it as a teen.
While it’s probably small comfort to them, you can remind them that most teens deal with acne to some degree. Studies show that roughly 85% of adolescents have acne and up to 40% have a severe enough case to require dermatologist treatment.
Although there are cases of adult acne, in most cases it doesn’t last forever – as your teen gets older it will most likely become less and less of a problem for them. By the time they reach their 20’s, it will likely be a distant memory – at least until they have teenagers of their own!