Acne: Causes and Cures
is common among teens - 73% of teens
between the ages of 12 and 19 have problems with acne. The cause
of acne is heredity which determines skin type. During puberty
hormones cause the oil glands in ones skin to become more active
and this can produce blackheads and pimples.
For mild acne, a teen should wash
their face daily to help keep pores open and remove oil. Also,
washing their hair gets rid of excess oil around the face. For
acne on the back, you teen should use an antibacterial soap and
back scrub brush. For more sever cases of acne where
washing isn't enough, you should go see you physician or a dermatologist
that will be able to prescribe gels, lotions and oral medications
to help with the acne.
It is important for you as a parent
to not think that you teen will simply grow out of their
acne. If acne is left untreated it can cause scars, cysts and
emotional problems that affect self-esteem. It is important that
you get your teen help as soon as possible.
Teenage Acne Angst
If your teen is experiencing problems
with acne - whatever you do, don't respond by telling
then "Everyone your age has that problem," or "It doesn't matter;
it will go away eventually." When you say it doesn't matter, you
are saying his or her feelings about it don't matter either and
discounting their feeling, not giving them the respect that they
deserve. Teens want to know that you really understand
how badly they feel.
To help them to realize that you
understand what they are going through share some of your own
memories as a teenager - for example talk to them about
a time when you felt ugly or embarrassed as a teen. You could
also gently point out that probably many of their peers their
age have the same problem they do, and may feel the same way.
You should also try and comfort
them by informing them that skin problems are normal and are not
permanent - that during adolescence
nearly every part of the body is affected by hormone changes.
Because the skin is such a large organ of our bodies it is bound
to be affected. Also, inform your teen that eating right, drinking
water and keeping clean will help, as will safe, over-the-counter
remedies. A trip to the dermatologist could also be considered.
It is important for your teen
to know that people care about them as a person - not just because
of their appearances. To do so - pay compliments that aren't overly
generalized (i.e., smart, nice, cool). Give you teen
specifics about what you think makes them awesome.
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