5 Things We Were Probably Supposed to Grow Out Of, But Never Did
Cast your mind back to your teenage years – the heartbreak, the skin worries, make-up fails and mood-swings – and you’ll no doubt remember your parents saying, “Don’t worry, you’ll grow out of it” or “It will pass”! But how many of those things do we actually grow out of? Just when you think you’ve got this adulting thing sorted, bam – problems you’d thought you’d left behind at school start to creep back! Here are five things that we were probably supposed to grow out of, but never did – and how to deal with them:
1. Skin Problems:
Skin problems, unfortunately, don’t magically stop as soon as you get older. Issues like acne are often regarded as only affecting younger people. In fact, about 95% of people aged 11-30 are affected by acne1 to some extent.
Cold sores are also common in teens due to the fact they are often spread through close contact. However, it’s not just teenagers and young people that develop them. 1 in 5 people experience recurring cold sores2 and one-third of people affected with a cold sore develop a blister at the affected site which can be highly infectious and can take up to 12-14 days to heal3.
However, thanks to recent advances in heat technology a new type of cold sore treatment has become available. HERPOtherm® is a pocket-sized saviour – shaped like a lip balm to avoid stigma – it produces a concentrated temperature of approximately 51 degrees Centigrade to reduce symptoms of itching, tingling, tightness, burning and pain. When using HERPOtherm® there’s no need to apply creams, so lips are not going to be left feeling greasy when trying to apply lip gloss or lipstick over the top.
2. Make-up Mistakes
Heading into school with an orange-tinged face and clumpy mascara may be a thing of the past, but stressing over your make-up look is not something that stops when you become an adult. Sorry!
The make-up world can be confusing; contouring, blending, highlighting and does anyone really know what a ‘Kabuki Brush’ is?! Make-up woes are definitely not a thing of the past, but hopefully you’re slowly figuring out how to navigate the make-up scene…not least because YouTube tutorials and beauty bloggers have come to our rescue!
3. Mood Swings
Teenagers go through a lot of changes in a relatively short amount of time. Surges of hormones, combined with body changes, struggling to find an identity, pressures from friends and a developing sense of independence, mean the teenage years are a confusing time for many of us.
However, this doesn’t mean that adulthood is an easy ride! Working long hours, figuring out how to pay bills, interviews and dating are all things that contribute to adulthood stresses, which do often lead to mood swings, only this time you don’t have the excuse of being a ‘moody teenager’…
For women especially, hormones continue to fluctuate as you go through life stages such as pregnancy, birth, peri-menopause and menopause.
So, whilst there’s no avoiding the inevitable, it’s good to keep a check on hormonal changes and to talk about any worries you may have with a trusted friend, family member or your GP. Of course, the usual advice on eating a well-balanced diet and taking regular exercise applies here. In addition, practices such as yoga, meditation and breathing techniques are become increasingly popular to help people find a sense of balance.
4. Body Image
We’re acutely aware of our body changing in our younger years, and it’s common for teenagers to feel awkward and self-conscious. While body confidence does increase as we get older, the rise in social media has seen an increase in self-esteem issues for adults. The “highlight reel” trend – with people sharing edited and filtered images of themselves – has added to our anxiety, with many people comparing themselves to other’s seemingly perfect life on platforms such as Instagram.
In fact, 60% of people using social media reported that it impacted negatively on their self- esteem4. Just think, what advice would you give to your teenage self? Be confident in who you are, don’t judge & don’t compare – you do you!
5. Slave to Social Media!
Social media is a huge part of day-to-day life for teenagers and young people. A recent study found that with 9 out of 10 UK teenagers5 using social media, it is reducing the time they spend on healthy activities, such as sleeping and exercising. Whilst we typically think of taking away teenager’s phones when they’re distracted from their homework, it’s an increasing problem for adults.
Three-quarters (77 per cent) of the UK’s adult population have at least one active social media account, and there’s seemingly no upper age limit, with over half of the UK’s pensioners having a Facebook profile!6 WFH home means that we’re never far from a device6 and it’s so easy to lose hours scrolling through your social media feed. If you can’t put your phone down, you might need to take on board some top teen tips such as; putting a time limit on scrolling, placing your phone out of reach when you’re working and leaving it outside of your bedroom when you’re sleeping.
- Nassaji m et al., Eur Res J 2019. 5(3):545-549
- Social Media’s Impact On Self-Esteem | HuffPost
- Almost half of pensioners use Facebook | Retirement | Finance | Express.co.uk