As a common skin condition, acne has the power to dramatically impact a teenager’s life. It is estimated that 85% of adolescents have acne. Although we as adults know acne will pass, this is small consolation to the teenager who suffers from embarrassment, worry, waning confidence or even depression as a result. We as parents need to be supportive, but that isn’t enough. Parents need to provide information and direction about how to treat acne. In most cases treatement can radically reduce the affects of acne.
Unfortunately, acne doesn’t have a “one-cure-fits-all” solution. There are many types of acne, treatable by even more types of methods. It is important for you to help determine which type your teenager is experiencing to help make appropriate decisions regarding the direction of treatment. New medications have been developed since we were teenagers. What worked for us may not work for teenagers today. The best news is that most common acne conditions can be brought easily under control even if it can not be completely cured.