Don’t discount the impact acne has on teenagers

It’s difficult enough adjusting to physical and emotional changes during puberty and young adulthood, without feeling self-conscious about troublesome skin.  

A UK study of about 1500 people – teenagers (13-17 years of age) and their parents – found that for teens, appearance is the single most important issue in their lives.  In fact, they would give up Facebook for a year, drop grades at school, or even take a parent to their high school formal if it meant they didn’t have to suffer with acne. 

Some 70 per cent of teenage girls had used concealers or other make-up to cover their acne, and many had altered photos of themselves to disguise their acne.

However, the study found parents tend to underestimate the impact that acne has on their children.

Parents were more concerned about issues such as academic success and their children’s participation in sports and other activities than about their acne.

More than half of the parents had the attitude that acne was normal and the teenagers would grow out of it, which they usually do.  The risk however is potential scarring occurring while waiting. 

Don’t be the mum or dad who ignores the fact that their teen is feeling sensitive or down about their acne. They may grow out of acne eventually, but in the meantime it has consequences.

Acne can have a significant and negative impact on young people – undermining their confidence and preventing them from fully enjoying school, a social life and other activities. Acknowledging their concerns and providing helpful and practical advice about acne will help and could even make you one of the ‘cool parents’.



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