Acne Problems were causing My Friend's Child a lot of Trouble in School

By: Valerie DeVette

They say beauty is only skin deep. That may be, but the issues that we can develop when we are not considered "beautiful" are not just skin deep.
My friend, for example, has a teenaged son with acne problems. He has a mild case of acne and yet people make fun of him. Even friends he has had since elementary school had started teasing him.
At first he didn't pay too much attention to the comments, but then it started to get to him. He started passing on parties, school functions and football games. He even ceased going to his club meetings.
Not long after, she told me what the problem was. The comments started affect his self-esteem. He hated the way he looked and had decided to stay away from his school friends so they wouldn't bother him.
When he started not going out, his parents started to worry. He used to be outgoing and the life of the party. Now he would just spend hours locked in his room.
They finally decided to take him to a therapist. It turned out that the seemingly innocent comments that everyone made had led him to develop a social phobia. He was suffering from an anxiety disorder brought on by his acne problem.
I was shocked. Teenagers and acne go together like peanut butter and jelly. I never thought that acne could be go beyond the physical consequences it presents.
He actually started going to weekly sessions with a therapist to deal with the anxiety. He's also looked for a dermatologist to get specialized treatment for his acne.
Treating the Psychological and Physical Problems of Acne
The therapy sessions have helped him process his self image problems. All of the times he was teased or laughed at his self esteem would break down just a little. Now it was time for him to re-establish his self esteem and the image he had of himself.
His therapist recommended he look for professional help from a dermatologist and not to rely just on over the counter drugs as treatments for acne. The dermatologist led him towards some biological acne products that would help his skin clear up and not cause any side effects.
Now he follows a skin care routine that has helped his skin clear up. He still has some minor breakouts, but he can control them both physically and psychologically.
So next time you think about teasing someone with acne, remember that the problems that come with acne don't disappear just because the pimples go away.

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Pimple treatment is not just a question of which product is the right one. If you feel like an outsider don't keep it inside and try natural skin care treatments to help prevent breakouts. Acne should not keep you from doing the things you love to do.

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