Helping Your Teenager Deal With Acne by arriffandy

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Helping Your Teenager Deal With Acne

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407

Summary:
Advise for parents of teenagers on dealing with acne.


Keywords:
acne, acne control, acne treatment, acne medicine, acne information


Article Body:
As a common skin condition, acne has the power to dramatically impact a
teenager's life. It is estimated that 85% of adolescents have acne.
Although we as adults know acne will pass, this is small consolation to
the teenager who suffers from embarrassment, worry, waning confidence or
even depression as a result. We as parents need to be supportive, but
that isn't enough. Parents need to provide information and direction
about how to treat acne. In most cases treatement can radically reduce
the affects of acne.

Unfortunately, acne doesn't have a "one-cure-fits-all" solution. There
are many types of acne, treatable by even more types of methods. It is
important for you to help determine which type your teenager is
experiencing to help make appropriate decisions regarding the direction
of treatment. New medications have been developed since we were
teenagers. What worked for us may not work for teenagers today. The best
news is that most common acne conditions can be brought easily under
control even if it can not be completely cured.

Your teenager is undoubtedly trying everything conceivable to control
his/her acne. It is important to remember even if your teen isn't asking
for your help, he/she still wants it. Be supportive when approaching your
teen, not accusatory. Myths about oily foods, chocolate, or sex causing
acne have been proven untrue. Even discussing your personal experiences
with acne may help minimize the stressors for your teen, and help
"humanize" you so he/she is more comfortable discussing it.

It is also wise to advise your teenager that most teenager suffer from
acne-they are not alone. Of the 85% of adolescents inflicted with acne,
40% of the cases are severe enough to need professional treatment by a
dermatologist.

Consulting with a dermatologist is prudent toward reassuring your
teenager. Although the spots on your teenager's skin are most likely
acne, there is potential the condition could be something else. A
dermatologist can give you a definitive diagnosis, with as many treatment
options as possible.

If your teenager has tried a few over-the-counter medications with little
to no success, encourage him/her to seek the advice of a dermatologist. A
dermatologist may recommend an alternate, prescription-only ointment,
lotion, or even oral medication to help clear up the condition and offer
relief from physical discomfort.

Most importantly, remind your teenager that acne does not last forever.
As a teenager nears their early 20s, acne should become a thing of the
past.

								
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