The number one enemy of teenagers suffering from acne is themselves! When teens hit puberty, nearly 100% suffer from at least the occasional acne breakout. Teenage acne can be in the form of whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, severe boil-like lesions called nodules, and painful cysts. Regardless of sex, race, or ethnicity, teenage acne can be mild, moderate, or severe and can affect your face, neck, chest, shoulders and back.
Teenage acne typically develops between the ages of ten and 13 (at the onset of puberty) and is mostly resolved at some point during a person’s 20s. However, some cases persist even during adulthood.
What triggers teenage acne?
Teenage acne is caused mainly by three major factors: hormones, toxic build up, and a genetic tendency to over produce oil. The most famous culprit behind teenage acne is hormones. An increase in hormone production occurs at the onset of puberty. These hormones are responsible for an increase in the production of oil in the glands, leading to oily skin which is more prone to having clogged pores.
Since this is the stage in life wherein a lot of changes are happening very quickly, people often associate acne breakouts with stress and diet, and these factors can also contribute to the length and severity of acne suffered.
How does acne breakout affect teenagers?
The physical effects of acne are obvious, and easily seen. However acne can also affect teenagers psychologically, socially, and emotionally. Teenagers (and indeed all individuals) cope very differently; for some, even mild cases of acne may have a big impact in the teen’s self-esteem and confidence.
Often times, teens with acne feel self-conscious or embarrassed with their acne which in turn hinders them from participating in activities like swimming or parties. A more common scenario among teenagers with acne is that they are upset about their skin so they jump from one product to another in an attempt to swiftly find the remedy they need. Some try to mask the symptoms with cosmetic products that can actually inflame the problem.
How can teenagers cope with the effects of acne?
Parents play a major role in allowing teenagers who are upset or depressed because of acne. Teenagers are already very self-critical and need adults to provide helpful advice rather than criticism with respect to their looks. Help in the form of sincerity and empathy in working through this phase in their lives, with its associated dilemmas and insecurities, can be the most valuable assistance. An open line of communication will help the teen understand that others have experienced the same problems, and that they will eventually pass.
Sufferers should be encouraged to stay calm and put the acne issue into perspective. The stressed the individual becomes, the worse the acne will become. Keep in mind that this may be just a phase that you can breeze through. Seek professional help if you are not able to find relief from the symptoms of acne skin, and bear in mind that a healthy outlook will come across more strongly than a passing pimple.