Acne can cause a lot of social distress with teens and even interfere with self confidence, education and dating. If untreated, acne can leave lifelong physical and mental scars. Dermatologists' office visits are short and expensive and the "one fits all" products sold on drugstores are often irritating or simply ineffective. If you’re a parent of someone with acne, here are some tips and tricks.
Know that acne is always treatable
Many parents think that acne will go away by itself with age. It won’t. The average time for acne to heal by itself is nine years. Studies show that 15% of people with untreated acne will be left with scars.
The first step is learning how to prevent breakouts
A lot can be done with small changes in behavior. If someone is dealing with acne breakouts, they should avoid headbands, baseball caps and hair gels (If the Acne is on their forehead), avoid backpacks and too-tight clothing (If the Acne is on their body) and ALWAYS wash their face after sweating and shower (Including washing hair) at least once a day.
Know the type and severity of the acne
Acne treatment is based on the type and severity. Mild acne can be controlled by the right topical products, while severe acne might need oral medications. Apps like MDacne will help your child determine the type and severity of their acne in seconds and provide her/him with personalized acne treatment medications.
Acne treatment can help mood changes
It’s normal for teens to be moody. If your teen’s withdrawn, anxious or depressed, it could be partly due to her or his acne. Acne treatment can improve mood.
The key to success in acne treatment is commitment
Teens are busy with school, social life and activities. Regardless, it’s important that teens always take the time to properly cleanse their face twice a day — morning and night.
Diet can help or hurt acne
Nagging your child about their diet isn’t likely to work, but it’s important to understand which foods can make acne worse. Teens with acne should avoid cow’s milk, dairy and whey protein used by teens for bodybuilding.
Teen girls need to use the right makeup
Some girls might think that the answer to their acne is heavier makeup, but makeup can frequently make acne worse and the result can be lifelong scars. Parents can help teens choose makeup labeled “oil-free” and “non comedogenic” — these products won’t clog the pores.