Living With Teenage Acne

You do not have to feel bad if you looked yourself into the mirror one morning and found a disgusting looking zit because majority of teenagers go through this distressing condition at some point of time in their teen life. Clinical studies are of evident that almost 100% of all teens have at least an occasional whitehead, blackhead or pimple. Several changes occur in your body and emotions while you step into adulthood because of hormone modifications. When hormones are highly active, the glands that are attached to hair follicles (sebaceous glands) produce more sebum—an oily substance that “lives” within the pores. An acne lesion (whitehead, blackhead or pimple) occurs when a hair follicle becomes plugged with the sebum and dead skin cells that are always being shed by the body. Brace yourself.

When acne begins sometime between the ages of ten and thirteen, it is usually going to go on for five, or even ten, years! The most severe cases in some teens stem from the development of comedomes. Comedones are skin-coloured, small bumps that frequently show up on the forehead and chin of those with acne. Some may be so small that they are not visible to the naked eye – these are called microcomedones. The heaviest breakouts will be at their worst at about 3 to 5 years after the first comedones appear. The pimples and blackheads you’re experiencing right now should disappear sometime between ages of 20 and 25. However, the most severe cases — nodular acne or cystic acne may not resolve until you’re 30 or over. Most of all, try not to isolate yourself just because you’re breaking out. Take a look around you. Lots of the kids you know are also walking around with acne – your parents probably suffered with it as well when they were adolescents. Ask them. Acne has not singled you out besides, you’re not alone in feeling the way you do.

Teen Dating: The Modern Parents Empower Their Teens To Avoid These Costly Dating Mistakes

It’s no secret that teenagers are under intense peer pressure to be dating or in a love relationship. Unfortunately, many have not been well guided, and some are already heartbroken, been pressured into sex, and stuck in abusive relationships. The results indicate that there is an increase in teen pregnancies, teen abortions, STD infection rates, teens running away from home, increase in alcohol and drug abuse, and the jealous teens that put up serious gun fights rather than lose a date.

Every parent knows that dating is an important first step in shaping one’s quality of life, but because of an old tradition, they will hesitate or never teach their children about dating and love relationships. Parents would rather do everything else for their teen sons and daughters but not talk about dating. It is hard to believe. Teen dating is not going to stop. So, rather than shy away from this topic to talk only about their books and talents, it may be better for parents to open up and teach their teens how to make the right dating decisions.

No matter what your opinion is, times have changed and so must we. After all, we know much more about dating than the teens, so why shouldn’t we teach them what we know? Why should we simply wait for the teens to figure out these complex dating puzzles and conflicting opinions? Why don’t we (as a society, one family at a time) abandon this outdated tradition, and help these teens understand the truth, the myths, and the hidden risks involved in the process of dating? Isn’t it better parenting to prepare and empower them to avoid the pitfalls in dating, rather than wait for them to fall in trouble?