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Appearance is everything

Just so you’re on the same page as your acne-prone teenager – acne is their worst nightmare. Before you try to help or reassure them, consider these findings from a UK study of about 1500 people - teenagers (13-17 years of age) and their parents. Teenagers believe their appearance is the single most important issue in their lives.

  • The majority of teenagers’ rank appearance as more important than their social lives or education.
  • Teenagers would give up Facebook for a year, drop grades at school, or even take a parent to their high school formal if  it  meant  they didn’t have to suffer with acne. 
  • About a third of teenagers said they did not like seeing photos or videos of themselves – social suicide in a world of social media.
  • Some 70 per cent of teenage girls had used concealers or other make-up to cover their acne; many had altered photos of themselves to disguise their acne.

 However the study found parents tended to underestimate the impact that acne has on their children.

  • Parents were still more concerned about issues such as academic success and their children’s participation in sports and other activities than about their acne.
  • More than half of the parents had the attitude that acne is normal and that the teenagers would grow out of it.


Don’t be the Mum or Dad who ignores the fact that their teen is feeling sensitive or down about their acne. They may grow out of acne eventually, but in the meantime it has consequences.

Acne can have a significant and negative impact on young people - undermining their confidence and preventing them from fully enjoying school, a social life and other activities. Acknowledging their concerns and providing helpful and practical advice about their acne will make you one of the cool parents.      

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