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Acne Related Stress In Teenagers

Stress in teenagers can often be attributed to acne. As adults, we know that acne will pass, but this is small comfort to teenagers who are suffering from the embarrassment of having it. Often the signs of stress or depression in teens go unnoticed by today's busy parents.

If you notice your teenager passing up on dates or outings with friends, staying home from school, neglecting school work or being abnormally argumentative, you may find that acne has got them down. So much value is placed on beauty in today's world that your teenager may be suffering from low self-esteem and a loss of confidence due to a poor complexion.

Talking with your teenager about acne can be touchy because he or she is likely to be embarrassed by their appearance. Be supportive and understanding. Never accuse your child of following habits that cause acne. The myths about oily foods, chocolate, or sex causing acne have been proven to be untrue.

Let your teenager know that you are available and that you are willing to help him or her with their acne. Explain the connection between stress and acne and how each affects the other. Talking about your own experiences may help.

Do not attempt to 'brush off' or minimize the severity of their concerns about acne. Listen and be morally supportive. Learn everything that you can about acne. Be a source of information, advice and comfort to your teenager. Do not assume that you know what is best for you teen based on your own experiences. Acne is different in each individual, what works for one person may not work for another.

If, after trying a few over-the-counter medications without success, encourage your teenager to go to a dermatologist. Medical treatments can include oral medicines or physical treatments. These treatments can help clear up the acne while offering relief from the physical discomfort it causes.

Stress in teenagers due to acne is a very real problem. Do not overlook it or dismiss it. Acne does not last forever. As your child gets older the acne should become less of a problem, and by the time they are in their early 20s should be a thing of the past.

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