Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery

The largest dermatology practice in America, Advanced Dermatology provides complete clinical and cosmetic skin care. Immediate appointments available at one of our 180+ locations.

Teen Acne: The Dos and Don'ts for Parents

Acne is common in adolescence, but that doesn't make it any easier for teens to tolerate. As a parent, it can be hard to know what to do to help your teen cope with the distress that acne can cause. Fortunately, there are more treatments than ever before, from topical medications to acne laser treatments, that can help control breakouts. If you're the parent of a teen who is dealing with acne, these dos and don'ts will guide you to the best ways to be supportive.

Do Recognize the Impact of Acne
Although it can be tempting to reassure your teen that his or her acne is destined to clear up, it's important to take breakouts seriously. Undermining your teen's concerns will only contribute to the self-esteem issues he or she may be experiencing, particularly if he or she is also experiencing bullying at school. Further, failing to seek prompt treatment for acne can allow it to become severe, which in turn can cause permanent scarring. Taking acne seriously when it begins can prevent these lifelong complications.

Don't Nag Your Teen About Acne Treatments
It's natural to want to make sure your teen is using his or her acne treatment diligently, but studies have found that when parents remind teens about their treatments daily, teens were actually less compliant with their treatment plans. Checking in with your teen periodically about his or her treatments can be helpful, but hold back on daily prompting.

Do Let Your Teen See a Dermatologist Alone
Make sure your teen gets to meet with the dermatologist alone for at least a portion of his or her appointment. This will allow your teen and the doctor to develop trust and will give your teen an opportunity to discuss concerns he or she may not want to voice in your presence.

Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery offers cutting edge care for patients of all ages suffering from acne, including acne laser treatments. Call (866) 400-3376 to schedule a consultation with a clinical dermatologist.