Your daughter wears heavy makeup to cover pimples. Your son stays away from the pool because of body acne. Acne can absolutely affect your teen’s confidence, so they may need a bit more reassurance from Mom or Dad.
Girls, generally, tend to be more open about their feelings. Boys might not come right out and say it, but breakouts bother them too. Even mild acne can feel like a huge catastrophe to a teen.
Offer your support, be involved in their treatment, and help them find areas of interest in which they can really shine. Teens often feel societal pressures to look “perfect.” But kids who are involved in other activities like sports, clubs, or volunteer work, draw self-esteem from developing their innate talents and interests. More »