I had a conversation with a friend which made me think about this topic. We weren't talking about acne, but about stretch marks. I was telling her how my stretch marks don't really bother me as much, whereas she's very self-conscious about hers (and we have about the same level and kind of marks). She said that if she had a daughter, she would tell her to use cream to prevent them from appearing. But what surprised me was that she said it's something mothers should be telling their daughters! o.o
I don't think it's a good idea because wouldn't that create insecurities that aren't there in the first place? So, that made me think about acne. I'm interested in knowing your thoughts on how you would help or teach your son/daughter about acne as a mother or father who had suffered or still suffering from it.
If they have clear skin, would you go out and buy them an anti-acne cleanser because you fear they'll turn out like you? Or, will you let nature do its thing and if they break out, then you'll go out and help them. Or, will you help them only if they seek help?
I just don't think it's doing any good to obsess over your child's looks, since its theirs, and not yours.
It's a very touchy subject, though, because I know that even trying to help someone out can hurt their feelings. I didn't like it whenever my dad, mom,aunt wanted to help me and it made me cry a few times. I wouldn't want to hurt my child's feelings, but I wouldn't want the bullies out there to hurt them either...
Edited by Stella the diver, 10 May 2013 - 09:09 AM.