Acne Help For Teenagers
When you are 10 years old the world usually seems to be a safe place. Family and friends are supportive and provide you with shelter, food and love – the basics for us all. However, get to 15 years old and this picture may seem very different.
As part of moving towards independence it is normal to start pushing at boundaries and trying to create a sense of ‘self. We question the rules of living at home, eat too much or too little, and turn our noses up at balanced meals, favoring instead fast food and quick calorie hits such as chocolate.
Adults become people to be distrusted, and a sense of ‘knowing it all’ gets in the way of our seeking or accepting advice. The question of love still needs answers: do they, don’t they, do I, don’t I? Before you know it, life seems quite complicated. Throw acne on top of it all and you start to see why the teenage years can be so difficult.
It’s also the time you start to think about the opposite sex – and having sexual relationships. It’s merely cruel coincidence that this sex drive starts to kick in just as spots start to crop up.
Many people mistake thoughts of sex or sexual activity as the cause of acne, but it is clear that the two are not linked. This doesn’t stop some people feeling unattractive or self-conscious and affecting the way they feel about their bodies.
Parents think it is their right to give advice on all aspects of life, from fashion – ‘You’re not going out dressed like that?’ – to hygiene – ‘Have you washed your face this week?’ but often their well-intentioned advice is seen as nothing more than interference and thus smelly Tom earns his reputation or fat Sally feels victimized.
It’s the same with getting acne. Parents’ advice may not always be 100 per cent accurate, but it is well meaning and designed to help sort out the problem.