Acne :: Self-esteem and Acne

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 online survey done for the American Counseling Association (ACA) 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.

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