Teen Acne – How to Cope
If you are one of the millions affected by acne, or have a child who is, chances are pretty good that you've
been lied to about what acne is, what causes it, and how to make it go away.
Teens face many problems and acne is one of their major concerns. Changes in their physical appearance
due to acne can range from mild to severe. Unfortunately this can prove difficult to treat. Additionally a
number of psychological effects can manifest themselves due to the physical changes brought about by acne.
Teens may become very self-conscious about their appearance and avoid social situations as they feel
awkward about them. What social & psychological ramifications does suffering from acne bring? Lets
discuss some of the social aspects in-order to obtain a better understanding of the condition and gain a better
understanding of the condition.
The difficulties associated with acne aren’t fully understood by people who do not suffer with the condition
and, as a result of this, they often allege that their acne suffering friends are over sensitive about the
condition. However, the social and psychological effects being faced by people who suffer from acne have
started to be studied more closely in the more recent years.
Acne is not just about how you look, it has been found that how you feel plays a major role. Complying with
high standards of appearance in a society where it is so important to be part of the “norm”. For teens this is
very important. They want to live up to the “standards” that they believe their peers have and
In a society where so much importance is placed on appearance and complying to the “norm”. High
standards have been set concerning what people do and don’t accept. For teens this is especially important.
Many teenagers face the pressures put on them by their peers, and appearance is just one of those standards
by which they are judged.
When asked, teens suffering from acne said they feel ugly and sometimes depressed. These feelings can
cross over into adult acne, and aren’t gender specific.
It has been said that there is no other condition that causes more psychic or mal-adjustment between parent
and child, more general insecurity, and feelings of inferiority.
For a person in their teens it is important to gain a good understanding of the psychological effects
associated with acne, this is especially so for teens whose self-worth is still being developed. It is difficult,
however, to study these factors because of the many differences in both the causes and the severity of acne.
Add to this the fact that the teenage years are already a difficult period of anyone’s life and it becomes
difficult to separate the effects of acne from everything else.
Listening is probably one of the best ways to understand the effects that acne is having on a teenager. This
way you can find out how your teen is feeling about his or her acne and how they are coping. It is a good
idea to reassure them and let them know that acne is very common amongst both teenagers and adults and
can be caused by many things that effect many people. One of the myths regarding acne is that it is caused
by not washing or poor general hygiene. This simply is not the case. Hygiene has very little to do with the
cause of acne and suffering from it does not mean that your teen is dirty or has poor hygiene.
The first step to feeling better about your appearance and yourself is to find out what type of acne and the
cause of it. When you know this you can begin treating it.