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Help Your Teenager Fight Acne

By Debra Hoffmann

Acne affects many thousands of teenagers, starting when puberty is reached. Acne can be relatively mild, with occasional zits and blemishes, or it can be quite extreme, covering the entire face with eruptions.

Acne can also appear on your teen’s back, chest and other areas – not only on their face. Although the physical scars are more visible, teens suffering from ridicule because of their acne can be scarred emotionally as well. The emotional roller coaster of the teenage years is worsened by teasing and name-calling, often inflicting lasting damage to their self-esteem.

The antibacterial cleansers, balancing toners and oil-free moisturizers available in drug stores are helpful for mild cases of acne. Make sure your teenager sticks to a daily skin care regimen, as this will help to shorten the length of outbreaks and prevent future eruptions. Parents should remind their teenagers that a healthy diet and daily skin care will not only help win their battle with acne, but also be a part of a healthy lifestyle that will shape their body into maturity.

For severe, persistent cases of acne, intervention is required. The facial dermis can be permanently scarred from the ever-present pustules, zits and blemishes that cover the face in extreme cases of acne. Parents of a teen with such severe acne should seek professional assistance from a dermatologist. These doctors specialize in problems with the dermis, with human skin. They have arsenals of prescription medications and cutting edge medical treatments that can reduce the number of eruptions and help prevent permanent scarring. Sometimes a dermatologist will be able to find other problems that are contributing to the acne eruptions, such as eczema. If over the counter preparations are not producing visible results, you should consider an appointment with a dermatologist.

Above all, parents should try to bolster their teen’s self esteem during their battle with acne. Whether your child has a mild case or is struggling with major eruptions and facial blemishes constantly, they need to be reminded that it doesn’t change their worth or value in your eyes. Support your child with help controlling their acne. Buy the products they need to establish a good skin care routine, prepare healthy meals and provide nutritious snacks. If all else fails, get in touch with a dermatologist.

As a parent, you play an important role in helping your child through the turbulent teenage years. Assisting them with their battle against facial acne will strengthen your bond.

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