Being a teenager is hard. Being a teenager with mild acne is a little bit harder. Being a teenager who is battling with severe acne outbreaks can seem like a nightmare. When a person has to deal with severe outbreaks during their teenage years, the social and psychological effects can be horrific. Even those who only experience mild acne during their teenage years can feel socially disabled.
The psychological effect that acne has on a child’s social development is important. This is because, during the teenage years, a young person is really starting to define who they are. This crucial period is important for teenagers to feel accepted by their peers.
Having acne as a teenager can affect one’s self-esteem and the way they view their own body. It is not uncommon for those with serious outbreaks to feel embarrassed. When they walk around, they don’t look other people in the eye. As a coping mechanism, some may choose to grow out their hair very long to cover their face or cake on makeup, both of which will likely only make the problem worse.
When someone has acne on their face, they are likely going to be teased and taunted by other teenagers. This makes it more difficult to start new relationships with others. This is dangerous because it is during the teenage years that most young people learn to interact with each other. If they become shy or hide away because of their acne, it can lead to a social phobia that will affect them for the rest of their life.
The problem can even creep into a teenage student’s academic life. When they are in school, their primary focus is their acne, and as a result, their academic performance suffers greatly. This, in turn, minimizes their chances to get into a good college, find a career and earn a nice salary.
Fortunately, this common condition can be effectively treated. Our doctor, THE Region’s Acne Expert, has seen a complete turn-around in the lives of youngsters who first enter her practice with severe low self-esteem and self-confidence issues. They do not look people in the eye and do everything possible to withdraw and not draw attention to themselves. After receiving treatments from Dr. Comite and our staff, they are different teens entirely! Smiling, with a spring in their step – looking directly at you when speaking – engaging others in their social lives and activities!
Despite the advertising, there are NO miracle acne soaps or creams! Only a treatment plan developed by an experienced and knowledgeable dermatologist like Dr. Comite can help a teenager combat their acne for good. At Advanced Skin Care & Laser Center, Dr. Comite and her dedicated team are ready to help you with any skin problem you may have. Contact our office in Wyomissing to schedule your first appointment!