At Westchester Health, we pay a good deal of attention to how acne is affecting our patients on the inside. A recent study has shown that even having mild acne can bring on feelings of low self-esteem, depression and suicidal thoughts in adolescents and teenagers. Coming at the same time as puberty only adds to the feelings of uncertainty about body image, self-esteem and other emotional issues that young people experience. To alert parents to the potentially damaging psychological effects of acne, Glenn E. Kaplan, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group, has written an excellent blog.
Puberty is an exciting time for kids and parents, but it can also be scary, emotional and frustrating. Lots of children are not comfortable with all the changes happening to them or what they mean. They may be concerned or embarrassed about their skin, their body image, their voice, sexual feeling, romantic attraction and/or any number of other changes. At Westchester Health, we understand all the changes your teen or pre-teen is going through and we’re here to help, with advice, information and a listening ear. To make what can be a rough ride a little smoother, we recommend this recent blog by Lauren Adler, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician with our Westchester Health Pediatrics group.