Sue Scheff: June is National Acne Awareness Month - How to Talk Acne to Your Teen

Summer is here, which should mean fun in the sun and stress-free days for today’s teens. However, in today’s ultra competitive society, that is not always the case.

With so much pressure on teens to get into a good college, land that perfect summer job and other common activities, many teens may find themselves experiencing high amounts of stress. Stress can lead to teens taking on yet another worry – acne, a chronic medical condition that affects over 60 million Americans.

Acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States. Highly prevalent among teenagers, 85% of adolescents experience the chronic skin condition. However, many people don’t realize that acne is a medical condition with varying severities that can be successfully treated with help from a physician.

June is National Acne Awareness Month. It was established to educate teens and their parents about acne and the necessary steps to treat and prevent this condition.

In recognition of National Acne Awareness Month, leading experts Michele Borba, PhD, author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions, and Dr. Linda Stein Gold, Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Dermatology at Henry Ford Health Systems in Detroit are providing parents with candid video tips on how to help their teens manage acne - helping parents limit their teens’ stress this summer by setting aside an adequate amount of time to focus on their health and well-being, including establishing a proper skin regimen.

Especially in Florida, as your teens surf the beaches and enjoy our sunshine state, be sure they use sunscreen and wash their hands and face at least twice a day.

Talking to your teens about acne is sometimes embarrassing for them.  Learn more about how you can communicate with your teenager on Dealing With Teen Acne.  Also take a minute to watch how you can help your individual daughter or son! Click here and watch these short videos.


Be an educated parent, you will have healthier teens!


Watch video for more information from Dr. Michele Borba and Dr. Linda Stein-Gold.

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