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Acne: how to support your teenager

Many parents dread it: the arrival of acne in their teenagers’ life. As well as finding the right treatment, the role of parents is to help their teenager get through this difficult period as calmly as possible and keep their self-confidence. Here are some ways to support and reassure them.

Acne : hormonal changes and self-image

Puberty leads to bodily changes linked to hormonal upheaval: from the age of 10 in girls, and a little later in boys, secondary sexual characteristics develop (hair, breasts, voice dropping, etc.). This is also the time when  acne can appear on your teen's skin.

These physical signs are accompanied by psychological and behavioural changes that are completely normal. Your teenager is gradually detaching from parental influence and is taking a great deal of interest in their friends and the image they project, which is so important for teenagers in the 21st century. But when acne is involved, the psychological impact can be significant and can even contribute to your teenager withdrawing.

Causes of Oily Skin 


Supporting your teenager: establish a dialogue

Long gone are the days when you get down to your child's level and talk to them eye to eye. Now they walk right past you and avoid your gaze. They find their new body disturbing and feel burdened by their skin issues. You’d like to discuss this with your teenager, and you’re right to do so, but how do you go about it? 

The first step is to establish a balanced dialogue: you can no longer talk to your teen as if they were a child, and they need to feel comfortable in the exchange. There is a small technique that proves effective: broach the subject gently... and sit next to your teen rather than in front of them. In the car or on the sofa, when you’re alone and have a quiet moment, just ask the question: "I've seen that you've got your first acne spots. Do you want to talk about it?”.

Acne: how to help it go away

Once you've discussed the subject with your teenager, it's up to you to show them that there are solutions.


Explaining the causes of acne to your teen

Acne is caused by hormones that lead to an increase in sebum production by glands in the skin (sebaceous glands). But heredity also plays a role: the risk of developing acne is higher in people with a parent who was affected. If you were affected during your teenage years and have since regained your baby-soft skin, now is the time to talk to your teen about it! Other factors that can contribute to acne could be stress, a diet rich in sugars or unsuitable cosmetics. Discuss the habits they might be able to change.

Encourage your teen to take care of themselves

If your teen's acne is resistant to these small changes, it's time to step it up a notch. If they feel confident enough, why not suggest that they talk to your GP? Or consult a dermatologist directly, especially if the acne becomes severe. To convince your teen (gently!), explain that the quicker the acne is taken care of, the gentler the treatment will be. Their skin will improve faster and long-lasting marks can be avoided (the famous acne scars).

Skincare routines for oily and acne-prone skin


Adolescence isn’t an easy time... for parents.

Your teen is changing and life isn't always easy. That goes for you, too: you might be struggling to find the right words at the right time. But even if they don't like to admit it, your teenager needs you. In particular, they need to be reminded that the smooth faces posted on social networks do not reflect reality, and that the miracle products sold unchecked on the internet are deceptive. 

Your role is to guide your teen without pushing their buttons. This middle road will be easier to adopt if you had acne as a teenager and were able to make peace with that time of your life. 

The right things to do for teenage acne

If communicating with your teenager is really difficult, your first step as a parent might be to choose products that suit their skin and encourage them to use them well every day. If they see an improvement, this will only encourage them to stick with it and/or to take the next step: consult a dermatologist if necessary.

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