*Acne: Myths + Tips

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
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Children can suffer from acne at any age, but most children are teenagers when they begin to notice acne appearing. Acne can feel like the end of the world to a teenager who is growing up and trying to fit in. Therefore, doing all you can as a parent to help them treat acne and feel confident in their own body is important. Beauty is skin deep, and this is something a lot of teenagers need to hear more often. If you think your child is suffering from acne, here is how you can help.

See A Dermatologist
Although there are plenty of options on the market for acne, the best way to treat acne is to see a dermatologist. Many of the over the counter acne treatments will not work effectively for children with acne, as every child has different skin and varying levels of acne.

Dermatologists are trained specialists in skin care, including acne. Dermatologists can prescribe treatments that are not available in shops, and these include creams and lotions to reduce redness that often appears when a child has acne. They may also prescribe antibiotics to your child if they think it will help treat their acne. If they have severe acne that is not responding to regular treatments, they may prescribe a special medication, which reduces oil production to keep their pores clear.

If your child is starting to develop acne, book a consultation with The Dermatology Clinic who are based at London’s famous Harley Street. The Dermatology Clinic specialises in acne treatment and will work together with you and your child to find the best treatment possible. They will then work on a plan to ensure once the acne is cleared, it does not come back. Starting treatment as soon as possible means less chance of permanent scarring for your child.

Debunk the Myths
There are many myths about why your child may have acne, including hygiene or food habits. Ensuring you know exactly what acne is and why it begins is important, as asking them to change their diet isn’t going to help matters. Acne begins due to a hormonal imbalance and can happen to boys or girls. This hormonal imbalance then causes the skin to produce way too much oil, causing acne. Explaining this to them and that this isn’t anything they have done can help them feel a little better, especially if they have been bullied at school for not being clean enough. When you have acne, facial hygiene is important though, and your child should follow a suitable acne skin care routine. This includes having a face wash twice daily, to wash away some of the oils from the surface of the skin. You can also encourage them to eat a healthier diet, as this generally gives everyone better skin, but this doesn’t mean they can’t indulge in their favourite chocolate bar.

Talk to Them
There is likely a range of emotions that your child is going through when they are suffering from acne and it is important for them to know they are not alone. This means that you will always be there for them if they need someone to talk to, but also that acne is a common problem for many teenagers. Taking them for the help they need to treat acne is a good start, but they also need to understand that their acne does not define them.

Acne doesn’t just disappear overnight, this is a condition they will have to live with for a while, and teenagers are already going through enough changes in their body without this added extra. Encourage them to always carry out their skincare regime, but also focus on the positives that come from within. This means teaching your child that acne does not make them ugly. It is how they act that is important and their actions are the true representation of themselves. Notice the little things to help improve their confidence, such as if they wear something new or do their hair differently.

If you suffer with acne and are really struggling with your self-confidence, it may be worth looking for a light foundation to help cover up some of your acne. This could be used for special occasions when they want to look their best. It can be tough to support a teenager through everyday life, but when your teen is suffering from acne it can be even harder as a parent to be there for them. Taking them for treatment is the first step in treating the acne, but they also need to know that this isn’t the end of the world, even if they feel as though it is. Spend time with your child and find ways of cheering them up and boosting their confidence in other ways.

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  1. My little brother had acne in his teenage years. It affected his confidence for years.

  2. It's important to have good skincare from a young age to prevent this! x

  3. I used to really suffer with my skin when I was young, I was so self-conscious, it can really affect you more than you realise xx

    Tiffany x www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

  4. Luckily I've never struggled with acne but there's so much bad information out there about it! x


  5. I hate my acne, it can be such a nightmare! I tend to let them air out then cover them up with makeup lol

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  6. Speaking to a dermatologist can really help and find out what works for you!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

  7. I think the first point you made is the most important one rather than run to Boots and buy stuff that will only exacerbate the problem x

  8. Really informative post for parents. I never had acne growing up but only got a mild form as an adult when I started the mini pill.


  9. I have definitely found that removing foods I'm intolerant to, has helped my skin xx

    GemmaEtc.com ❤️

  10. Some great pieces of information in your post. So many options now for it.


  11. The worst is to use those drying lotions and potions that only make it worse!

  12. There's some really useful tips in here x

  13. Great post, really informative x

  14. I sometimes suffer from a few spots during my lady time and, for some reason, whenever I have a spot, it ends up leaving a little mark even though I never touch it. My skin is freaky!

    Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived

  15. I’ve seen so many people upset about acne. It’s good to get the facts out there.


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