Very often, the person most likely to support a teenger with acne is the parent. However, if your partner has developed acne due to pregnancy, stress or hormonal activity, he or she will need understanding and support from you.
Learning as much as you can about acne, the types of acne and corresponding treatment is useful. If the person is not using any medication, suggest that he or she consults a doctor as early as possible to seek treatment.
Especially with teenagers, you may need to reinforce the idea that the acne is not a direct result of something the person has done, or is doing, and that he or she has nothing to feel guilty about. Keep a look-out for any signs of depression or anxiety.
In rare cases, some people who suffer from mild acne may have a disproportionate view of themselves and think they are suffering from severe acne. This perception affects their body image, and they may suffer from psychological and social symptoms. In the worst case, this is a body image disorder, similar to anorexia nervosa.
If your teen or partner keeps lamenting about having severe acne even though the acne is mild, do not just brush it off as paranoia. Instead, encourage him or her to see a doctor early. Dysmorphophobic acne usually requires medical treatment, and isotretinoin (Accutane) therapy may be prescribed on a low-dose, long-term basis.
Teenagers and men in particular, are difficult to monitor, as they can often be reticent, moody and irritable and suffer mood swings. Try to encourage frank discussion of their feelings when they are in a good mood.
Acne is difficult to live with, whether you are a teenager or an adult. However, having someone who supports you and loves you for what your are, and not how you look, is the biggest support you can give and they can have.