Help Kids Deal with Acne


Healthy Kids

What you can do-even if they don't want to talk about it

A majority of teens endure the agony of acne. In a recent survey of 1,186 13- to 19-year-olds, 75% reported that acne-regardless of its severity-makes them feel self-conscious, ugly, or depressed.

It's crucial to step in, offer your support, and steer your child to medical help, says Judy Lewis, PhD, professor in the college of health professions at Governors State University in University Park, IL. Here are her suggestions:

• Get the facts. Gather information on acne from reliable sources, such as the American Academy of Dermatologists ( or Acnenet ( For links to their Web sites, visit'lllearn whether your child needs to see a dermatologist and which over-the-counter treatments may work for milder acne.

• Stop any sun "therapy." In the long run, sun exposure plugs more pores, which leads to acne. Suggest a trip to the drugstore for an oil-free sunscreen.

• Point out the good. Teens tend to obsess about the things that go wrong while ignoring their strengths and talents.

• Give her an opening. Trouble communicating? Try an open-ended question such as "I notice you haven't been hanging out with your friends lately.

Anything going on?" If she seems to want to talk, you might follow up with "I wondered if your skin is making you feel self-conscious."


by Julia VanTine
Quick Tip

Set the stage for a talk about skin, but don't push it. When he's ready, he'll tell you.

PHOTO (COLOR): Just pimple? Don't let her face those breakouts alone.


By Julia VanTine

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