A parent’s worst nightmare is a child who doesn’t feel good about themselves. However, every kid is inevitably going to go through some ups and downs, especially during the emotionally vulnerable and physical awkward teen years.
The worst thing for a kids confidence?
Everyone gets a zit now and again, but the hormone bursts and growth frenzies in a teenager’s body make their skin prone to vicious breakouts, and their delicate egos tend to be pretty damaged by the sudden, seemingly random behavior of their skin.
For a young person, feeling like your body is out of your control can be an overwhelming and scary thing. And as a parent, it’s your job to help them bust through the setbacks of bad skin and find their confidence. Here are some tips for building confidence in kids and helping kids fight acne holistically.
Helping Your Kid Build Confidence And Fight Acne Holistically
Admit It: It Might Be Genes
Telling your son, “When I was your age, my acne was twice as bad!” might feel like a comforting thought, but you’re actually just subliminally admitting to him that his skin issues are, well, your fault.
If you had skin problems as a teenager, it’s more than likely that your kids will suffer through some serious acne in their adolescence, too.
But things have changed since you were a kid, and being proactive about your kids’ skin health will help them feel confident, maybe even helping them avoid the worst of acne altogether.
Find a holistic dermatologist and go over all the details of your teenage skin issues. This will prime the doctor for what your kids’ might be in store for, and will also help him draft up a plan to defend against the onset of acne.
Rather than waiting for acne to strike, help you kid balance his acne before it even starts. You may want to try this DIY face mask for acne to help keep skin clean and healthy.
There’s Truth To “Pizza Face”
Teenagers have crazy metabolisms, allowing them to eat more junk food than their bodies usually reflect. However, preservatives, unhealthy fats and artificial sugars can wreak havoc on a person’s skin no matter their age.
So even if your teenager can eat a Big Mac without gaining a pound, their skin is likely to grease up from the fast food feast.
Don’t let your kid become a pizza face. Get your family on a healthy, balanced diet, and stick to it. The Diet Solutions Program explains how eating well and exercising right isn’t just good for weight loss and muscle tone; it’s awesome for the skin, hair and nails, too.
Help Your Teen Relax
Finally, think back to when you were fifteen: if your mom said, “it’s not the end of the word,” when you lamented over a zit on your chin, it only further convinced you that the world was, in fact, ending, didn’t it?
We adults tend to not really understand the psyche of our kids, no matter how in touch we think we are with our younger selves. But kids are just younger adults, and just like adults, their egos can be soothed with a little good, old-fashioned distraction tactics.
Take your daughter to get a pedicure, bring your son to the new Batman movie, drag the whole family to a theme park for the day. Keeping your kids busy will keep them happy, and happy teens are less likely to get pulled into the emotional lows of volatile skin.
There’s no way to completely eradicate the awkward phase of acne from your kid’s teen years, but if you help them feel as good as they possibly can about themselves, then they’re a lot less likely to get down in the dumps about the state of their face.
Happy Is Healthy
Moral of the story? If you help your kids get their physical health in check, their emotional health will follow suit. You can’t always be there for them, but you can help them become strong, independent young adults who can power through anything—even a pre-prom breakout—without feeling like the entire world is crashing down around their feet.
A less stressful, more energetic life will—you guess it—help balance the hormones in your kid’s body and relax the inflammation of the teenage melodrama known as acne.
Red light therapy is also thought to be useful against acne.
I hope that some of these strategies help your teen fight acne holistically.
Guest post by Dr. Mike Tremba. Having dealt with acne himself, he feels a connection with other acne sufferers. Through his natural approach to weight loss and overall health, he has partnered with many parents on a diverse range of health concerns. His reviews on the Truth About Six Pack Abs are a testament to his passion for helping others.