Acne is a self-esteem killer. Here's how you can help salvage it.
We spend our kids' whole lives telling them how wonderful, special and beautiful they are. Then they hit the teen years, hormones kick in and bam! zits. For some kids, acne is not just an occasional flare-up but a major problem, causing their confidence goes out the window.
Pediatrician Dr. Cara Natterson says, "Depending on the type, acne is something that can be either treated at home, by your tween or teen's pediatrician, or by a dermatologist. Whether or not you should treat acne medically, versus using an over-the counter treatment, really depends on your child."She says there are two main things to consider:
• Is the acne really bothering your child?
"If it doesn't bother your kid, or the problem is not that major, you might just want to treat it with a cleanser or over-the-counter treatment, though I would try to avoid products with alcohol," Dr. Cara says.
• How does the kid feel about his/herself?
"If the acne is taking a toll on a child's self-image and he or she is really miserable, it's time to get more aggressive with treatment," Dr. Cara says. "The main benefit of treating acne is an improvement in self-esteem."
Depression and anxiety are more common in those with acne than the general population. Even those with mild acne are just as likely to suffer from these conditions as those with more severe cases. In fact, a landmark study found that a third of teens with problem acne have had suicidal thoughts. Studies have shown that most people experience a significant improvement of self-esteem and quality of life with the improvement of acne.
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If you want to seek treatment, go to Acne Kills Teen Self-Esteem, Page 2 for Dr. Cara's recommended most common courses of action.