A mom’s work is never done! I have two teenage children, one boy, one girl, and I feel like I never stop. Constant running around, dropping off her, picking up there, being available 24/7. At the moment, we are spending our time running between clinics and doctors. You see, both my children have skin problems, hereditary acne. It skips a generation in my family so I was lucky enough not to get it.
It’s a Common Complaint
Acne is common amongst kids, especially teens. For my kids, it’s made worse by the fact that is hereditary and not just normal everyday acne. My son, who is older, suffers more. I never realized how much he suffered on a daily basis until he told me.
He is extremely self-conscious about his skin and hates going to school – he is picked on because of it and is the butt of many jokes. Children can be so cruel at times. He says he has no confidence, won’t draw any attention to himself because he is scared of being laughed at.
He dropped out of the swim team last year, telling us he had lost interest in it. Recently he admitted it was because he was ashamed, embarrassed to undress in front of everyone because of the breakouts all over his body.
His story just about broke my heart. I never realized he was feeling so bad about it. I guess it’s partly my fault for not noticing that something wasn’t right but he put on such a good show that I thought he was coping with it well.
Anyway, after hearing him I decided something had to be done. I made an appointment with a highly recommended clinic for acne treatment in Gwinnett County and now he has regular treatment. It is improving and I can see some of the sparkle come back into his eyes. His confidence is coming back and he is the son I used to have once again.
Catching it Early
My daughter is a bit younger and has just started to get a few problems with acne hers isn’t quite so noticeable at this stage but I couldn’t bear to see another of my children go through what my son did, through the heartbreak and the cruelty of other children.
I took her to one side and had a chat with her. She used to tease her older brother about his skin until I explained to her that it was hereditary and that she would suffer the same. That came as a shock to her!
We decided that we seek professional advice straightaway, to see if we could tone down the effects of what was to come. I got in touch with an Elgin dermatologist and he gave me some great advice. He also made an appointment for her to go and see him, to see if there was any treatment he could give her now.
So that’s where we are. My son is coming back out of his shell and his skin is improving rapidly. My daughter has it all to come but, with any luck, we can make it easier to bear for her.