As a common skin condition, acne has the potential to drastically affect a teenager’s life. It is estimated that 85% of teens suffer from acne. Even though we adults know that acne will go away, this does not comfort a teen who experiences embarrassment, anxiety, loss of confidence, or even depression as a result. As parents, we have to offer support, but it is not enough. Parents should provide information and advice on how to treat acne. In most cases, treatment can drastically reduce acne scars.
Unfortunately, acne does not have a one-size-fits-all solution. There are many types of acne that can be treated in more ways. It is important to help identify the type your teen has, to help him make appropriate decisions about the direction of treatment. New drugs have been developed since we were teenagers. What worked for us may not work for today’s teens. The best news is that more common cases of acne are easily controlled even if they are not completely treated.
Your teenager is definitely trying everything he can to control his acne. It is important to remember that even if your teen doesn’t ask for your help, he still wants it. Be supportive when approaching your teen – don’t blame him.