Acne And Your Teen
When it comes to teenagers, there is a wonderful expressive expression that really says it all – teen angst. It is at this time in your life that your body is changing and that your emotions are at a fever pitch.
To be saddled with a face that is full of zits at the same time is just downright unfair – just because the teens are changing, does not make them any less cruel.
First of all, as an adult you know that acne is not the end of the world, you may have already gotten to a point where other people’s opinions of the way you look do not matter to you anymore. Your teen will not agree.
At this stage in there lives, they want to really fit in and be accepted more than anything else. Acne gets in the way of this and can zap this goal. It causes them very real social problems.
Downplaying the importance of these social implications in their lives is not the way to go. You need to encourage them to open up to about all their fears and listen when they do.
You also need to make it very clear to them that you love them just the same as you did before, that they are still important and that looks do not matter to you.
That means no teasing about the spots, no belittling their feelings – even if they have turned into a huge drama queen. That means being supportive of them.
Let them come to you if they are being teased and give suggestions on how to deal with it. Do not get involved further unless they give their consent – running to the teacher or the other kid’s parents will mortify them.
What you need to do is to help them rebuild their confidence – this is easier said than done. Help them build confidence by getting involved in areas they are interested in.
They will also need some more practical advice as pertains to the treatment of the acne – they need to know what to do and what not to do with it.
Proper eating habits are essential at this stage as well – make sure that they are eating right at least eighty percent of the time.
If the problem really seems to be making a huge impact, it may be time to take them to therapy to avoid emotional scars.