COACHING HIGHLY-SENSITIVE TEENS WITH TROUBLED SKIN CONDITIONS
If you are in the aesthetic profession you have had them as clients or patients at one time or another. They are the adolescents undergoing hormonal changes that have resulted in problematic skin eruptions and acne. Working with teens to clear up their troubled skin conditions can be both intriguing and demanding. There are many special considerations that come to light when we chose to focus on this young population. Children going through the stages of puberty are extremely concerned about their appearance. Those who struggle with problematic skin conditions and acne are often singled out by their peers and in such instances are forced to endure injurious remarks about the health of their complexion. This form of bullying can leave our young clients emotionally scarred, sometimes, for years afterward.
As aesthetic providers we can play an active and supportive role in helping our teen clientele to manage their conditions and all the while, maintain their self-esteem during the process of clearing up their skin problems. One of the most essential aspects of our treatment intervention is to encourage the type of behaviors that we hope to see our teen clientele adopt. When we give them educational insights into how they can better address their conditions and offer them sound direction – we give them power and, give them back control. Strategically, this approach makes sense to them because it makes it easier for them to live with their condition while working to it clear up. To accomplish their objective they must first understand the responsibilities that must go hand-to-hand with our therapeutic applications to achieve the results they are aiming for. Because they are teenagers the best approach to justifying this extra effort, financial investment and time to get their skin in shape is to emphasize the aesthetic benefits they will receive. Another way, in which we can inspire our teen clients and patients to adhere to the dictates of a healthier skin and to feel compelled to continually do so, is to consistently praise them for the home treatment disciplines they are in compliance with. This is especially important if they do not meet all the requirements of their treatment plan. After all, our goal is to keep them from becoming defeated, lazy or uncooperative.
Out of all the guidelines for handling highly-sensitive teens none are as important are those associated with self-esteem. In most cases, feelings of low self-worth are associated with adolescent acne. We must be very careful not to make any disparaging remarks that would lead them to feel inferior in any way. One of the best ways to refrain from doing so accidently is to become more emphatic to their hyper-sensitivity. This is can easily be done by reminding ourselves of how susceptible we were to scrutiny of any kind when we were the same age. As I recall, matters associated with my physical image were of particular concern during this tumultuous phase of adolescent development.
We should not forget the importance of including the parents of our young clients /patients in our treatment approaches. They can make great allies. There are numerous resources available such as: Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World by Zig Ziglar email@example.com Zig’s insights can help them assist their teens in developing healthy self-images. His package that contains six audio CD’s for helping to reinforce family unity with guidelines for children rise above negative influences is certainly worth mentioning. Another of my favorites is: Raising Confident Kids by Dennis Waitley. His information is intended to help instill in children a sense of belonging, individual identity, self-worth, and competency that is needed for them to become strong, effective adults. 1 DVD and 1 CD