For an upcoming issue of Community Health Magazine, I was asked to speak about the topic of teenage self esteem, particularly for adolescents suffering from acne. The main point I hoped to stress was that adolescence is a difficult time, in general. Teens are trying to figure out who they are in relation to themselves, their families, and their friends. It is a time of identity development. Needless to say, struggling with acne can certainly have an impact on one's sense of self and, thus, their identity. However, some kids enter this life stage with a more solid, well developed sense of self. For those teens, there tend to be fewer ramification of severe acne. For adolescents with a more fragile sense of self, it may take a bit more support and understanding to help them work through their feelings and continue on the path of healthy identity formation.
To read more, look for the article in the upcoming edition of Community Health Magazine