Few things cause so much worry and distress to growing youngsters as adolescent pimples or acne. This skin disease comes at at time when teens are terribly sensitive about their personal appearance.
Friends, particularly those of the opposite sex, are becoming more and more important and the presence of acne adds to the difficulty of growing from childhood into adult life.
Only a small proportion of those afflicted with acne develop permanent scarring of the face, but the pimples themselves produce an excessive shyness and self-consciousness.
Some people develop a permanent inferiority complex as a result of acne.
Acne is mostly prevalent on the face, neck, upper part of the chest and shoulders. The pimple usually starts as a reddish lump which is quite tender to touch.
It then often develops into a whitehead, which is a mixture of pus, germs, skin oil and destroyed tissue. The pimple is sometimes near the surface of the skin, and at other times quite deep in the skin.
In the milder cases, the pimples are spaced rather widely apart, and are near the surface. In most severe cases, on the other hand, they are closer together, break out more frequently and are deeper into the skin.
When a whitehead forms, the top of the skin finally breaks open, the pus leaks, a crust then forms and the healing is slowly taking place. Unfortunately if the pimple has been large and deep, a permanent scar may appear.
Infection alone almost certainly does not explain the development of acne.
Because acne is most common and usually most severe during the teen years, it probably has some relation to the changes in the glands and hormones which take place at the time.
Diet almost always plays a part. Many teens crave sweets, nuts and chocolate, which almost always make acne worse.
A special effort should be made to overcome the self-consciousness caused by acne. Every teen should force himself or herself to take part in social activities, and simply ignore any remarks related to their looks.
Family and friends should be careful not to comment on the appearance of the acne. Commenting every day on whether the acne is better or worse, can only exaggerate the self-consciousness.
Also keep in mind that everyone has various things they are sensitive and not comfortable about and are often as self-conscious about them as acne teens might be about their acne outburst.
Nobody is perfect, not even those tv ads and magazine models, who definitely have self-esteem issues related to their own particular problems.
Some might fight against a fat tummy, others have teeth problems and are shy to smile, yet others feel they are too short or too tall. Nobody is perfect, and this is ok so.