How to Talk to Your Teenage Daughter About Acne
Teenage girls are known for their mood swings that can feel like an emotional rollercoaster for them and their parents. In the midst of this pubescent nightmare, your young daughter has moderate to severe acne which could be dragging her self-confidence down to an all-time low.
She may find comfort online by watching Dr. Pimple Popper and getting acne advice on YouTube. After watching hundreds of makeup videos, her makeup case turns into a suitcase. She won’t leave the house without a full face of makeup and contouring. With all this caked on makeup, she appears as if she is in her twenties and you wonder if she’ll start attracting the wrong kind of attention.
What is a mother to do? How can you help your daughter without making her feel more insecure?
Here are my tips to help ease the conflict.
Have an open line of communication with your daughter
Approach the conversation without judgment and with a willingness to help. Make sure you start the conversation when both of you are calm and willing to talk and listen. Start with open ended questions like:
- How does your skin make you feel?
- How do you feel about yourself without makeup on?
- How can I help you with this?
Discuss what she knows about acne and treatment options
Discuss what she has seen on social media and discuss her online findings.
Does she feel that these methods are reliable and safe? Make sure she understands that you are not there to judge, just to understand and support.
Give your daughter alternative recommendations to consider
Some suggestions you can make to your daughter:
- Better skin care without the harsh chemicals that over dry her skin
- Facials with extractions performed by a medical esthetician
- Salicylic Acid peels performed by a medical esthetician
You can also check out the tips I shared recently on WJXT:
Last but not least, be sure that your daughter knows that she is beautiful with or without acne and with or without makeup. Make sure she understands that improving her acne is a goal that you can work on together so she can eventually use makeup to enhance her beauty instead of using it to cover her acne.
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