Teen Acne: How Parents Can Help

Kim Conte
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teen with acneMy mom always told me that chocolate and french fries were the cause of my bad skin as a teen (sound familiar?).

But new research suggests that genetics play the biggest part in whether teens develop acne. In other words, if parents had severe acne, then teens are more likely to get it, too.

There's not a lot we can do about family history, but there are still some things you can do to help teen acne.

  • Look for acne creams and products that contain Vitamin A or benzoyl peroxide—both of which have been proven to improve acne and complexion.
  • Remind your teen to wash his/her face every day.
  • Encourage them to avoid touching their face—this includes picking or popping zits!
  • Wash pillowcases frequently; dirty sheets and pillowcases can cause acne.

Does your teen have acne? How do you deal with it?

 

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