Coping with zits and blackheads
Dealing with the emotional scars of acne while coping with the daily reality of a face full of zits and blackheads is something every teenager is familiar with.It is common knowledge that many teenagers are effected deeply and emotionally by the presence of acne. Anyone who believes that oozing sores and blemishes caused by acne can be removed by applying commercial creams and solutions alone may be in for a great disappointment. Aside from the ugly red bumps and zits on your face, there are effects of acne that could not just be healed by any cream or acne solution and that is the emotional scars left by acne. There are few doctors or dermatologists who could provide you with easy answers to this problem.
Studies show that acne is most common when one is in their teenage years. It is very difficult for many teens to understand and deal with the social impacts of acne. They exaggerate the effects of zits and blackheads which become marks of shame, depression and even self-pity. As the parent of a teenager who is experiencing this problem, your understanding could be his greatest help.
Remind your child that acne is temporary.
As a parent or guardian, you need to be there and give encouragement to your child. He or she may very well be suffering some form of depression due to the manner in which their peers and uninformed critics taunt those who are diferent. For many teenagers and adolescents, people without zits are very different from those without zits.The difference can be enormously cataclysmic. You must reassure them that acne is only temporary and that it will soon pass. Never stop explaining the importance of moving on and enduring acne with grace despite the negative reactions expressed by others whose words ultimately mean nothing.
Bring your teen to a good dermatologist
Don’t wait for your child’s acne problem to get worse before you decide to take him to see a dermatologist. The earlier the intervention, the better, and while this may be cliche there is a lot of truth and benefits for your child in this statement. Have your family doctor recommend a good dermatologist and accompany him on his visits. This way, you will get to hear the doctor’s instructions firsthand and be in a better position to help your child through the treatment process.
Guide your child to do the right things
There are many activities and habits that can have a detrimental effect to worsen acne. You have to know that your child is following the doctor’s advice and and following his instructions to the letter. Explain the cause and effect of not eating the proper diet and neglecting personal hygiene and how these can can result in a negative results and prolong the discomfort.
Boost your teen’s self-confidence
Your child’s self-confidence can take a nose dive when all those around him are mocking out his zits and other blemishes. The effect this can have on your teenager could be devastating so you as a parent must be there to support your child and lift his or her spirits when the going gets rough. Be generous in your praise but mindful that false flattery that will only be seen as so much poppy-cock. You might try diverting your teen’s attention from zits and blackheads to his other interests such as music, athletics, or education to boost their morale.
As a parent, and you can help your child by educating them on the uninformed attitudes and misjudgments of society in general towards people with acne. Acne is part of growing up. It is nothing more than a period during a child’s puberty or adolescence. With the exception of some severe cases it will change and disappear through growth and maturity and will change, evolve, and, finally come to an end. There’s truly a happy ending down the road. Be there with love, understanding, and support for your child.