Supporting Teenage Acne

We all know that acne is not going to go away overnight. If that were the case, no one would worry about acne the way they do, and doctors would not constantly be working on new products and techniques to help rid people of their acne problems.

Perhaps someday there will be one miracle treatment that will free teens and other acne sufferers alike from the unpleasant blemishes, but for now, you will have to work with various treatments until you see results. Although acne can present itself early in life, the largest number of cases are documented in the teenage years. Teens with acne experience a number of emotional stresses such as

  • Embarrassment
  • Shame
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Problems with socialization
  • and other variations

The goal as a parent or caretaker should be to remain supportive. Let your teenager know that you are there to help them get through this difficult sensitive time. Everyone responds differently to acne, depending on severity of the case. It is recommended that you speak with your healthcare provider to determine if a recommendation to a dermatologist would be a great idea.


As a guardian, you need to be there and give encouragement to your child. You will probably see him or her emotionally beat up because of criticisms from his or her peers. Explain that the negative reaction of their peers is insignificant in the large scheme of things and that their acne is a temporary condition.


Do not wait for your teen’s acne problem to worsen before you see a dermatologist. The earlier the better. Seeing a dermatologist while symptoms are lesser could mean reducing the amount of permanent scarring that your teen experiences. Find a dermatologist that deserves your trust. Accompany your teen during visits to the dermatologist. Also, help your teen follow the reminders and instructions of the dermatologist.


There are many bad habits that your teen can develop while they have acne. It is important to guide your teen to avoid these habits. There are also good habits that your teen must follow in order to hasten the healing process of their acne. Encourage your teen to adhere to these good habits. A dermatologist can explain and provide literature on good and bad habits while suffering from acne.


Self-esteem erodes when teasing arises. Your goal is to counteract the social pressures and be there to boost self-esteem. Try to focus your teen’s energy away from their condition and toward a talent or hobby – anything that will lift to his or her morale and take his or her mind off of the acne.

As a parent, you can help your teen through the blunders of society toward people with acne. Be there and support your teen like no one else can. You may have preferences beforehand, as some people prefer to take oral medication instead of dealing with creams and other treatments that require directly putting the medication on your acne. Whatever your case may be, you should be open to all options so you can get the best possible results.

Hormonal Treatments. Some hormonal treatments may be effective for women (sorry guys!), but some of them may not be available depending on where you live. Or if you have larger pimples, you can talk to your dermatologist about cortisone injections. These injections usually bring down inflammation within moments and can help to flatten a pimple, which can make it easier to cover and also aids in the healing process. There are also very few side effects at all to concern yourself with, and you have a much better chance to avoid scarring at the site.

External Retinoids. This type of treatment is meant to help normalize the life cycle of skin cells around follicles. In doing so, they can help prevent cells from becoming lodged inside follicles and leading to blemishes. Oral Retinoids. These are vitamin A derivatives that you take orally and are meant to help reduce the oil secretion by your sebaceous glands. You will need to take the medication from 4 to 6 months.

Though oral retinoids can prove to be extremely effective, they may also contain side effects that can be quite severe. You will also have to expect an initial acne flare up once you begin taking the medication, and it could be severe as well. However, oral retinoids might be your acne salvation, but as with all treatments, make sure with your dermatologist first.

With some treatments, it will be your body that reacts and not just your skin. Always read the directions as well as the side effects if there are any. That way you will understand the best way to use a specific treatment and will know when you may need to stop in case of unpleasant side effects. Always follow the directions your dermatologist gives you and be patient with your acne treatments.