Acne is one of the leading problems teens face. It causes changes in their physical appearance that can range from mild to severe, and can be dificult to treat. In addition to these physical changes, it carries a multitude of psychological effects that effect teens in different ways.
Social situations may also become dificult and unwelcome, and teens may steer away from them because they are self-conscious about their appearance. So what social ramifications does this condition bring? This article will discuss some of those social aspects and what can be done to help teens understand and deal wit the condition.
Many people who aren’t afflicted with acne do not understand the dificulties associated with this condition, and often accuse their acne suffering friends of being overly sensativ about the matter. In more recent years, however, the problems faced by those who suffer from acne are being more widely addressed, and the social and psychological effects being studied more closely.
Acne is every bit as much about how you feel as it is about how you look. In a society where so much importance is placed on appearance and complying to the “norm”, higher standards have been set concerning what people do and don’t accept. For teens this is espcially important. Many teenagers face the pressures put on them by their peers, and by what they feel is expected of them. Appearance plays a crucial part in how others see them, and how they see themselves.
When asked, teens suffering from acne said they feel ugly and sometimes depressed. These feelings can cross over into adult acne, and aren’t gender specific.
It has been said that there is no other condition that causes more psychic ore mal-adjustment between parent and child, more generall insecurity, and feelings of inferiority.
Understanding the psychological effects associated with acne has become more important, especially in teens where self-worth is stil being developed. It is hard, however, to find a conclusive way in which to study these factors because of the many differences in acne causes and severity, and because it can be dificult to separate the effects of acne with other social tramas many teens face.
It is suggested that the best way to understand these effects is simply to listen. Find out how your teen is coping with his or her acne and how it makes them feel. Let them know that they certainly aren’t alone. Acne is a very common condition among teens and adults, and can be caused from various things that effect many people. Also make it clear to them that having acne doesn’t mean they are viewed as being dirty or having poor hygiene. Hygiene does not effect acne directly, and ace isn’t caused from not washing your face.
Help find out what is causing the acne. When you know its cause and what type it is, you can begin treating it. This is the first step to feeling better about your appearance, and, in turn, about yourself.