As adults, it’s easy to forget the small details that felt so incredibly big when we were younger. Since acne affects nearly 85% of the teen population along with 40% of adults, it shouldn’t be taken lightly.
What is acne?
Acne is a condition of the skin where the pores become clogged, eventually developing into whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and deeper nodules and cysts. Because there are varying degrees and types of acne, getting it under control, or stopping it entirely is often unattainable without the help of a qualified dermatologist.
In psychology, there have been numerous studies on the social and psychological effects that even mild acne has on teens. Social withdrawal is common. Teens that suffer from acne may have difficulty maintaining eye contact. Others and may experience diminished confidence. Because acne can affect the body, as well as the face, students often will retreat from any sports related activities due to the embarrassment associated with changing in the locker rooms or wearing certain uniforms. Teenagers are just learning to form critical bonds with their peers, teachers and other adults, so throwing in the difficulty of being self-conscious about their skin, can create a lack of self-confidence, reclusiveness and a fear of being taunted by other teenagers a cruel reality.
What can you do to help your teen?
Regrettably, acne can stay with teens into adulthood; so getting it under control is vital for your child’s future skin condition. A dermatologist can treat acne with oral antibiotics, topical creams, or Accutane (Isotretinoin). If your teenager has any old scarring from prior rashes or cystic acne, the doctor can use a simple laser treatment to help erase the scars. Taking your teenager to see a qualified dermatologist is imperative. A dermatologist can help clear skin and prevent permanent scars. Treatment will help lessen the social and emotional effects.
Dermatology Options for Acne:
• Cleansers and moisturizers • Topical treatments • Injections • Chemical peels • Laser treatments • Accutane (treatment for severe acne)
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