Talking With Teens About Acne

Talk to your teen about teenage acne and how to treat it.

While teen acne may be common, your teen isn’t. He or she is one-of-a-kind, and no one knows that better than you.

That’s why it’s so important to talk to your teenager the best way possible about acne. You may not know just how self-conscious your teenager feels. Or how hard it is to be around other teens that don’t seem to ever wake up to a pimple. And because every teen develops differently, your child’s acne condition isn’t necessarily the same condition that friends and classmates have. The last thing any teen needs is to feel different or like an outsider at a time when they’re most wanting to fit in.

What can you do? There is no set of rules to deal with your teenager’s acne, but here are some good teen tips to follow:

  • Do not ignore teen acne. Dermatologists encourage parents to seek medical treatment for teenagers with acne and not to take a ‘wait and see’ approach.
  • At your teen’s first visit to the dermatologist’s office, let them do the talking. Parents tend to hog the conversation with the doctor. Give your child a chance to verbalize his/her feelings.
  • Have an open discussion about the physical and emotional aspects of acne.
  • Be supportive but try not to nag, as it could have a counter-effect.
  • Know when to listen, and if need-be, when to back off. Sure, it’s hard. But whoever said having a teenager would be easy?
  • If your teen seems particularly withdrawn, upset, depressed, or angry, consider finding a therapist that specializes in teenage issues.