FACE IT: ACNE & ADOLESCENTS
Tania K. Cowling
Think back to your teen years when you were standing in front
of a mirror staring at the huge pimple on your face. When you
were growing up, your parents may have told you that acne was a rite
of passage, a sign of growing up. And yet, you've tried everything--but
no matter what you did, the pimples kept coming back. How did
The truth is that acne can affect an adolescent's self-image and cause
emotional problems. Research has shown that acne (even a mild
case) can be associated with a wide variety of social and psychological
problems. Unlike adults, adolescents are more sensitive to their
appearance and how their peers see them. This is especially
true in a society where the media (TV, magazines, and advertising)
place such a major emphasis on attractiveness. It's not hard
to spot a young adult who may be troubled by visible pimples.
As a parent, you may see some of these telltale signs from your daughter
to "go out"
and socialize with friends.
than usual problems
at home or with family relationships.
difficulties than normal at their job (part-time, after school, or weekends).
your child is experiencing any of these problems, it could be a
sign of depression or anxiety associated with
YOU CAN TAKE:
most important thing to remember is to take your child's feelings
seriously. If you had teenage acne, relate to how it made you
feel and let your child know that you are there for support.
that they are not alone; millions of teens throughout time have struggled with acne.
should not feel guilty or embarrassed, as acne is normal. It's an unfortunate part
of growing up. Factors that lead to acne are age, heredity,
stress, and hormonal changes.
usually is a temporary condition that goes away once they reach adulthood.
that they not be influenced by the undue emphasis that society places
on looks: who you are as a person
is far more important than your cosmetic appearance.
important, to regain your child's self-esteem and confidence, take him or her to a medical
professional for advice and treatment.
MYTH TO DISCUSS:
people believe that acne is caused by poor diet (eating fried and
sweet foods). Lots of washing and scrubbing will make them go away.
There is no clinical data on these statements.
Wash with mild soap and water.
hair off the face
as much as possible to prevent oils from remaining on the skin.
This may prevent acne near the hairline.
over the counter skin products that have a drying agent in them such as benzoyl
let them pick or "pop" pimples. This can injure skin and underlying tissues.
these measures do not help with acne improvement, consult your
physician who may prescribe topical or oral antibiotics.