Teenagers today are different from what you remember
Your years as a teenager were most likely structured around school. You went to class, hung out with your friends and then went home, relaxed and recharged for the day to come.
Today, it’s a totally different ball game. Children and teenagers are expected to be ‘on’ from almost the time they wake up until they go to sleep. They have instant access to all their friends and can communicate with them via Facetime, Snapchat and other social media platforms. Also, teenagers generate pictures of themselves and friends at a breathtaking speed, making their physical appearance ever more important. Because of this, having acne can be a big stress factor. In a study conducted by Kleresca® it was shown that nearly 76% of all people with acne have been trying to control how their skin appears on photographs by either covering their face with hair or changing their pose. Furthermore, the majority deleted images on their phone or someone else’s phone because of pictures that noticeably showed their acne.
85% of teenagers have acne – and they don’t need your advice
As a parent it can be heartbreaking to follow your acne-prone teenage daughter or son on social media, knowing the difficulties they endure with every picture they take. Your initial reaction might be to tell them that looks are not the only thing that matters. You will probably also have ideas on how to reduce the acne or even give them acne remedies that they can use.
These actions are perfectly understandable and talking to your teenager about things that can be delicate is important. After all, they are still just kids getting older and they still need your support. But there are some pitfalls you should be aware of. Teenagers don’t necessarily take advice from their parents. Some are actually doing the complete opposite just to rebel .
You might fall short
Your teenager is probably already a master of the internet and is able to communicate and seek knowledge on their own. So, what you or even the doctor for that matter has to say to him or her, may not always something that they accept to be the truth.
They might listen to you but what you say will be weighed against what they see and read on social media or hear from their peers and your inputs might fall short. This can be frustrating, and you might wonder what to do.
Talking to a dermatologist is a good place to start
Acne can severely impact the quality of life and psychological functioning of a teenager and should be taken seriously. A visit to the dermatologist must always be an option, especially if you feel that acne is taking an emotional toll on your teenager. Reading the same articles they read from the sources they trust would also help you understand better their world and their personal challenges.
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