Few Parents Help Kids Fight Acne
So says a survey done for the American Counseling Association (ACA).
online survey of 514 parents of children aged 13 to 19 found that only
35 percent of the parents had taken their teenager to a dermatologist
for acne treatment.
The survey also found that:
* 73 percent of the parents who had acne as a teenager said it made them feel self-conscious.
* 79 percent said they are active in helping their teenager treat acne.
* 73 percent agreed that having acne as a teen can significantly impact
a person's self-esteem as he or she gets older.
* 70 percent said they would like to do more to help their teenager.
"Acne is often a source of anxiety that can impact a teen's
self-image and confidence at a critical time in their development," ACA
president Dr. Mark Pope says in a news release.
"It can affect various aspects of their life such as
relationships, schoolwork and even employment. As counselors, we
encourage parents to talk openly with their children about all aspects
of growing up -- especially an issue like acne that can be easily
managed," Pope says.
The ACA has an ongoing campaign, "Healthy Skin, Healthy
Outlook," which is meant to help parents and their teens communicate
about acne. The campaign's official celebrity spokesperson is
Christopher Knight, who played middle son Peter Brady on "The Brady
The ACA campaign includes information on the cause and prevalence of acne, as well as treatment options.
Acne is the most commonly diagnosed skin disorder in the United
States. More than 40 percent of adolescents have acne that's severe
enough to require medical treatment by a doctor.