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
- 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.