Puberty is a trying time for teens and their parents.
As families, we have to pull together to deal with complex issues like school choices,
balancing boundaries and dating.
However, one thing that many parents don’t think to address is acne.
Once the hormones start going wild, it’s not just body hair in new places our kids
are worrying about.
Often, this difficult transition into adolescence also involves breakouts.
Just when teenagers are becoming most self-conscious about their looks, excess
sebum rears its ugly head, blocking the pores and causing acne.
“There are several things you can do to
address both the physical appearance
of acne and the impact it has on
your child’s confidence.”
In some cases, acne can cause painful inflammation or scarring.
However, the effect trouble skin can have on teenage self-esteem is perhaps just
As a loving parent, there are several things you can do to address both the physical
appearance of acne and the impact it has on your child’s confidence…
1. Let them know they’re not alone
For teenagers, acne can feel like the most “othering” thing in the world.
They might tell you that everyone else in their class has perfect skin, but that’s just
It’s important to remind your child that they’re not alone and that almost all teenagers
experience acne at some point in their development.
Encourage them not to spend too much time scrutinizing their skin and share your own
experiences with acne if applicable.
2. Don’t give unsolicited advice
No one wants to be reminded about something they’d rather not discuss.
If your teen hasn’t mentioned their skin troubles to you, they may not appreciate advice.
In fact, unsolicited comments may make them MORE self-conscious about their acne.
Be there to listen, but don’t create a problem where there isn’t one!
3. Book an appointment with a dermatologist
If your teen does feel comfortable discussing their skin with you, consider linking them
to useful online resources on acne.
Make sure they understand the basic tenets of good skincare, including using a gentle
cleanser and removing makeup before bed.
Although OTC treatments can work, the most popular brands aren’t always the most effective.
In fact, you’ll find that many Proactiv reviews and studies paint a less-than-flattering picture
of that name-brand product and others like Clearasil and Biore.
So if your child has particularly aggressively acne, make an appointment with a reputable
A dermatologist can assess the situation, provide tailored skincare advice and (if absolutely
necessary) prescription medication to treat the problem.
4. Plan confidence boosting activities
For a fun, quick activity, Google famous celebs who experienced problem skin while growing
up to remind your teen that this too shall pass.
In general, any activity that helps your teenager get out of their own head is perfect for confidence
Encourage them to join a dance or sports team or take up art.
Having something they’re good at will help them remember that their skin is not the be-all,
end-all that it might feel like.
No one is thinking about acne on the football field!
5. Let them use makeup where appropriate
Some parents may be reluctant to let younger teens use makeup.
However, even if you put a total ban on eyeshadow or lip gloss, allowing your child to wear
a light tinted moisturizer or a hint of concealer will do wonders for their confidence.
BB creams are a good choice, as they’re less heavy than foundation and often contain
ingredients that will treat acne and breakouts while providing a cosmetic fix.
6. Tell them they’re beautiful
They might roll their eyes hearing it from mom or dad, but don’t forget to tell your child
that they’re gorgeous just the way they are.
Navigating your child’s teenage years can be a minefield, but with a little understanding
and a lot of communication, you can help make this tumultuous time manageable.
Do you have a teenager who has had acne or is currently suffering with acne?
What are your tips for helping acne sufferers?
Share your thoughts and comments with us.