When spots strike

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Teenager looking at spots in the mirror

Karen is a mum of mixed sex, 15-year-old twins. And knows it. Each week she shares with us what her teenage two have been up to.

'My son has been spotty for years. Nothing major, just your typical teenage break outs. He often comes to me with his acne woes:

"What do I do about this one mum?"

He wants advice on when to squeeze and when to leave, which spot cream to use (he has an array of different ones for different occasions). Usually he just puts up with it but sometimes, when he's got a particularly prominent pustule on his nose or chin, I can tell it leaves him feeling a bit down.

His twin sister, on the other hand, has been blessed with a blemish free, porcelain complexion and all I can say about that is 'thank God'. Not that that stops her trowelling on the make up like she's rendering an outside wall.

However, last weekend the unthinkable happened and 2 spots appeared in the centre of her chin and 1 between her eyebrows. You'd have thought her world had ended.  She disappeared into the bathroom for an eternity and when she emerged, the 2 scarcely noticeable spots had become 2 angry red marks where she had squeezed and dug and picked. The result was depression on a scale unimagined.

The weekend was spent in self-imposed isolation and come Monday morning she went to school wearing so much slap that I felt like slapping her myself. I tried pointing out to her that she was lucky she hadn't been born with a prominent birth mark or a facial disfigurement, but as I gave my lecture I realised at once it was falling on deaf ears.  I was like one of those parents who always urge their kids to clear their plates by telling them to ‘think of the starving children in Africa'. It just didn't register.

She's now wallowing in a spot induced pit of despair and, until her complexion clears, we will joyfully all suffer with her.'

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