Acne can lead to Social Problems at School

By: Valerie DeVette

Is beauty just skin deep? Maybe not. Studies have shown that acne can lead to social anxiety and social withdrawal, especially in young people.
My friend's adolescent son has a case of mild acne. Even though it is not severe, he is regularly teased at school by his friends and even people he does not know. Sometimes, even strangers make rude remarks.
At first they didn't affect him, but then it started to get to him. He would skip parties, school functions and football games. He even stopped going to club meetings.
His mother finally confided in me that the jokes and comments were making him a bit self-conscious. He had started hating the way he looked and tried to stay away situations where he could be judged or made fun of.
A red flag went up when he stopped attending his favorite school functions. He was socialble in school, but now he would just stay at home.
They finally decided to take him to a therapist. He said that the "innocent" comments had turned his acne problem into 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 thought that they would just feel embarrassed or get mad, but never that it could develop into an anxiety disorder.
How to Treat the Physical and Psychological Problems that Accompany Acne Now he is going to weekly sessions with a therapist to deal with the anxiety. He's also started seeing a dermatologist to get precise treatment for his type of acne.
In therapy, his treatment had to do with learning to deal with his self image. All of the times he was teased or laughed at his self esteem would break down just a little. Now it is time for him to reconstruct his self esteem and the image he had of himself.
His therapist also recommended that he seek professional help from a dermatologist and not to depend on over the counter drugs as treatments for acne. The dermatologist suggest that he try some natural acne products that would help his skin clear up and not cause any side effects.
His skin routine now has help 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 about acne. If you feel like an outsider talk to someone about it and try natural skin care treatments to prevent breakouts. Acne should not keep you from living a normal life.

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