How to Talk to Your Parents About Seeing a Dermatologist

You’ve had acne for a while, or you’ve just started getting acne. Either way, you’re sick of acne and you really want to see a dermatologist…now!

It’s time to ask your parents if it’s time to see a dermatologist for acne treatment. Not sure how to come up with a topic? Here are some ideas for opening these lines of communication.

Choose a good time to approach them

When you have a problem, your parents want to help you, and when you need help, they want you to turn to them. But it’s hard for them to pay full attention to you, let alone listen to your concerns objectively when they have to focus on other things.

Choose a good time to bring up the topic, when neither of you is feeling rushed or stressed, the conversation is easy and you have time to listen to each other.

not a good time

Like when they walk in the door after get off work, or rush to the table for dinner, answering emails, or dealing with younger siblings — these may not be the best times.

the right time

Wait until they have a few extra minutes in the evening or Saturday morning. If life is always very busy, you may want to plan time with them. Offer to help cook and talk while chopping vegetables together. Maybe you can talk to them while they drive you to school or to one of your events? Sometimes the best conversations happen in the car.

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start a conversation

maybe you really don’t miss Talk about your acne. A lot of people feel uncomfortable, even a little embarrassed, talking about their skin problems. Don’t let that stop you from asking your parents for help, though.

The first conversation is often the hardest.

If you’re stuck, try this: “My skin has been breaking out for a while. The store-bought acne products I’ve tried haven’t worked. I want to see a doctor. What do you think?”

Let them know how acne makes you feel

Your parents don’t know how you feel unless you tell them. Explain how acne affects you.

How does your acne make you feel?

Are you avoiding classes because you don’t want people looking at you (and your skin)? Maybe you didn’t try to be on the swim team because you were embarrassed about your physical breakthrough. If you cry in the mirror or don’t look in the mirror at all, or if you don’t want to go out with friends or attend family events, tell them.

Now is the time to be honest with them, even if it’s hard to open up.

Even moderate acne can be treated

Your parents may have told you that your acne is “just fine,” and they’re probably absolutely right. But acne doesn’t have to be severe to affect you.

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You can say something like, “I know my acne really isn’t that bad, but it still makes me feel (fill in the blanks here: depressed, self-conscious, embarrassed, insecure). If I feel better about myself, if my Acne is treated.”

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hear their point of view

Your parents may be willing to make an appointment for you right away once they know how you’re feeling. But many parents will want some time to think about it or do some research on acne treatments first. It’s frustrating when you want to make a decision, but be patient.


  • Listen respectfully, even if they are saying things you don’t want to hear. This can be difficult, but remember that if you take defensive measures, your parents will most likely do the same. If this happens, nothing can be fixed. Try to be receptive to their thoughts and ideas.
  • But be honest here too. If they recommend over-the-counter products, let them know you’ve tried them and they didn’t work for you. You can even tell them that acne is usually treated by a doctor and there are many very good, effective prescription treatments out there.
  • If your parents still seem unsure, ask if they can see your GP or pediatrician. They have likely treated many cases of acne.
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follow up

Assure your parents that you’ll follow through when the deal is over.

Tell them you will:

  • Go to all dates without complaint, even if you’d rather hang out with friends
  • Use all your treatments, don’t be nagged, and follow all directions your doctor gives you.
  • Use your treatment daily for a few months before you can see clear skin. All acne treatments, even prescription ones, take time to work. It seems very slow, but keep at it.

Make sure to thank your parents for listening and keep them informed about your acne treatment progress.

Don’t just make empty promises and follow through. Don’t stop using your acne treatments, even if they don’t seem to work. If you give up too soon, your acne won’t improve, and your parents may be annoyed to find unused treatments go to waste in your bathroom cabinet.

VigorTip words

Teenage acne is a very common skin problem. Almost every teen has some degree of acne. But the good news is that you don’t have to wait for it to grow up. There are many teenage acne treatments available today. So, talk to your parents about seeing a doctor for your acne. If you are patient and use your acne treatment daily, you can see your skin improve.

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