If your teenager has acne, help them separate fact from fiction

Just so you’re on the same page as your acne-prone teenager – acne is one of their worst nightmares. 

In a world obsessed with social media and celebrities, teenagers can be bombarded with unhelpful advice based on opinions rather than evidence. 

During the teen years especially, physical appearance is a sensitive topic. Often, how they look is more important to a teenager than anything else.

Acne can make peer approval and the whole concept of fitting in far more difficult. So always take your child’s acne or their concerns about it seriously. 

A survey by the British Skin Foundation found for three in five teenagers, the biggest impact acne has on their lives is a fall in self-confidence.

Encouragingly, the survey found almost half (48%) of 10-18 year-olds surveyed, rely on their family for support for their acne. 

If your teen has concerns about their acne, it's a good idea to ask more questions to find out exactly what is troubling them. The psychological impact of acne doesn’t always reflect its 'medical severity', so it’s important to offer your child as much emotional and practical support as you can. 

There is a plethora of information and many treatment options available but it’s vital to get medical advice based on your child’s specific experience with acne.  Encourage your son or daughter to see their GP who may refer them to a dermatologist.  A pharmacist may also be able to assist with skin care and over the counter treatments.

Find out more about the emotional impacts of acne