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How To Assist Your Teenager In Dealing With The Problem Of Acne

Aug 30, 2008
It could very well appear fairly trivial to many people but to a teenager the arrival of acne can often seem like the end of the world. The majority of teenagers will suffer from acne at some point and, in many cases, it is quite mild and nothing more than a mild irritation. In other cases however acne can be severe and produce a negative body image and even serious depression. In all cases however there are various steps which you can take to help your teenager in dealing with the difficulties of acne.

One significant problem with acne is the fact that there are several myths about acne which your child is very likely to hear in school or to pick up on such things as the Internet. You need to therefore start by arming yourself with the truth and here are several of the main facts about just what causes acne and what can make an attack of acne worse:

* Genetics - some children are quite simply more susceptible to acne no matter what they do.

* Too much scrubbing - a surprising number of children think than cleaning their skin well will help to rid them of acne. Although cleanliness is unquestionable important, scrubbing the skin too hard can both cause problems with existing spots and also result in their spread.

* Squeezing pimples - most teenagers cannot resist the temptation to pop their spots and this is one thing which we can probably all understand. However, although this may appear to make things look better in the short term, it will only cause more problems in the longer term.

* Diet - the precise link between acne and diet is not terribly well understood just at the moment but there is little doubt diet has an effect on acne.

* Stress - whenever we are suffering from stress the chemical balance in our bodies is upset and this can add to the problems of teen acne.

* Makeup - many children, of both sexes, will try to use makeup to cover their acne. This can however produce problems both in terms of the inability of the skin to breathe adequately and of acne reacting to the makeup chosen.

The first thing that your children need to understand is that acne is a natural part of the process of growing up and, in particular, of the hormonal changes which are going on within their bodies. They must also understand that some children will be affected more than others and that, whether or not they are one of the lucky ones, this is just a phase that will pass in time.

Next, you children have to be taught proper skin care and it is best to start this at an early age, and before acne appears if possible. However, if acne has already reared its ugly head it is not too late and skin care is something that they need to learn and practice.

Teenagers need to wash their face in the morning and again in the evening with a mild soap and, once acne appears, with a specially formulated acne soap that can be bought over-the counter at most supermarkets or drug stores. One important point here is that washing twice a day is sufficient and that, although they may be tempted to wash more often this can actually dry the skin and make matters worse.

Over-the-counter acne soaps and washing will frequently do the trick, although this is not an instant cure and your kids need to be persistent and patient. Where this does not do the trick however you will need to talk to your doctor or dermatologist. Your doctor or dermatologist might well recommend a stronger prescription medication which your child will again need to use for quite some considerable period of time before it does the trick.

Unquestionably, the most important step you can take towards helping your child to deal with acne is to start early. Your child might well be embarrassed by the appearance of acne and you might be reluctant to step in and try to assist if they have only a spot or two. However, beginning treatment early can frequently knock the problem on the head and prevent it from growing into a surprisingly serious condition.
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