What are good ways to address treatment for acne in patients who are reluctant to talk about it?

Most adolescents have acne. Some are troubled by it but are not willing to ask their pediatrician for assistance. Whether or not the teen is comfortable with the subject, a straightforward approach is best.

The clinician might simply say something like, "I notice that you have a few pimples or blemishes. Would you like something to help with them?" In our experience, adolescents who are not already on medication have consistently welcomed offers of treatment.

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