Helping Your Teen With Acne

(Written by Jonny Webber) Acne is a skin related problem that affects teenagers all over the globe, but what causes this worldwide epidemic? The short answer is this: there is no short answer.

A common cause is hormonal changes in the body that occur during puberty. These hormonal changes stimulate the sebaceous gland, which can cause an overproduction of oil. Teenagers undergo a lot of hormonal changes during this period in their life, which stimulates oil production, resulting in the blockage of the skin pores.

Greasy cosmetics can play a factor in acne formation, it can block the pores which results in the formation of acne. Most females try to hide acne using cosmetics but it sometimes aggravates the condition, which why it’s such a large contributor to the condition.

Acne can affect people of all of ages, but it affects teenagers the most. It has a deep effect on teens’ psyche. They feel embarrassed in social gatherings and lose their self confidence. For teens, physical appearance is very important. Sometimes it results in depression; they get behavioural problems, stressed out and even refuse to join any social gathering because they feel worthless, their self esteem is crushed.

Parents can play a vital role in reducing the depression of teenagers suffering during this period. They should have discussions with them, making them realize that acne is a common skin disease and can be treated easily. It would also be a good idea to ask their kids to take part in different activities e.g. sports, so that it can enhance their self esteem. [Read more…]