Help with Acne

Updated on April 24, 2008
L.J. asks from Seattle, WA
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My daughter has acne on her forehead and has tried everything from dermatolist to skin peels it goes away and then comes back, i've heard apples have an affect, but she is eating a good diet of friuts and vegtables and water, she is on thyroid pills from a naturalist and her doctor says stay away from acutaine.
Will it subside in time or are her hormones wacky, she is 16.Any suggestions on acne and scars.

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M.B.

answers from Spokane on

I saw this on the today show, when she starts to feel a pimple coming on rub tooth past on it. It works I tried it
I used Crest.

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S.S.

answers from Seattle on

Definately look at my skin care line!! Fantastic products and anyone, even adults, with acne cannot believe the differnce it's making in their skin. Visit my website at www.praibeautyproducts.com for more information. Call me with any questions you might have: ###-###-####. Have a great day! S.

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S.P.

answers from Seattle on

Hi Lori, I have struggled with acne forever. Mine mainly happens on my chin, which is definitely hormonal. I have a skin care routine through Arbonne International. I was still breaking out at certain times of the month even with the great skin care. I talked to my chiropractor about it, and she said it might be food allergies. I was tested, and stayed away from the food I am sensitive to (which was way too many -quite depressing) and my skin cleared up magnificently. Worth a shot.
S. Porter
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I can send you free Arbonne samples, if you're interested. :-)

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C.O.

answers from Portland on

I have a daughter who is now 24 and beautiful. As a teen she had a terrible time with acne. We tried just about everything. Most products were way too harsh for her skin and caused redness, drying and flaking. We found a natural product at Wild Oats that worked great on her skin then of coarse they stopped selling thru the store. We now buy it over the internet. The company is Niora and their website is niora.com. She has used the Alpha Clear system since she was about 17 and just loves it.
Hope this is helpful, good luck.
C. O.

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K.M.

answers from Spokane on

Hi! I have heard from my best friend in Boston that Arbonne International FYI (For Young Indiduals) products worked great for her sisters and her teenage nephew. I guess he even requested it from her when he was out. Arbonne is now sold in the States, but is a Swiss botantical formulated skin care line, sold through independent consultants. I'm a consultant myself, but have just purchased for personal use and my mom and grandma. Their product line for acne is called Clear Advantage and might be worth a try. I'm sure if you don't know of a consultant in your area, I might be able to help if you are interested. I also believe they have a 30 day money back guarantee, so you can send any unuse product back to the company. Good luck and I hope this was helpful!

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S.M.

answers from Yakima on

As a pharmacist, I absolutely agree to stay away from the Accutane. Too risky for a young woman and a huge headache for you, your daughter, your doctor and your pharmacist!
I have struggled with acne since my teens, and at 31 it is still an issue. Not everyone outgrows it like we think.
My tried and true suggestion is ProActiv solution. You see all the info-mercials and advertisements from celebrities making claims of perfect skin...believe it. I was hesitant, even stopped using it for a while just to see if my acne would come back. It did. I've been using the product for years and I will NEVER use anything else. If nothing else, try it for a month (once or twice a day depending on how sensitive her skin is). Acne is not just a physical problem, the emotional scars can be just as painful. You are a great mom for not dismissing this issue!

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K.N.

answers from Seattle on

Gosh, I remember the days of acne. Not fun for a teenage girl. Have you tried ProActiv Solution? I've been using it for over 5 years now and have had GREAT sucess with it. I was turned on to it by my brother who is in the military and when he was in Iraq his skin got really bad. ProActiv ships via USPS and he was able to have it shipped to his base there. Turns out it worked wonderful for him so I gave it a shot and havn't used anything since.

K.

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K.L.

answers from Portland on

I had a seriously acne problem in high school, especially when I was active during sports. Washing your face consistently day and night helps a ton. Also, make sure she changes her pillow cases at least twice a week or sleep on a towel that can help absorb her face oils. It actually helps a lot. I also used Pro-Activ and it helped when i actually used it consistently, which as a teenager was hard. I also ended up going on Ortho-trycline (a form of birth-control)due to really bad periods and it ended up clearing up my acne, too. It was amazing. I didn't realize how hormone related it was. Hope this helps.

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B.F.

answers from Portland on

I had acne too. Many years before I solved the issue. Diet had nothing do with it. And none of the natural products I ever tried worked... But some made it worse. (And I appreciate many alternative therapies.) For this I'd go strait to my dermatologist. Dr. Norris. If you keep going to her, she will absolutely make it much better. Her office is by Good Sam. We did a coulple of laser treatments, which did the trick. I like Azelex. And Zeno does help, although not as much as the lasers... it is cheeper and less painful.

I did Acutaine way back when. It kept my acne away for years, but it is rough- with lots of side effects. So I can see why they warn you against it. Fortunatly we have better options now. If you don't give up, you can resolve the worst of it. I wish I had someone like you to take this seriously when I was 16. I just felt terrible about it but gave up.

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K.C.

answers from Seattle on

Hi Lori, We have 7 kids who had everything from light acne to severe. The youngest is 14. The only thing we found that worked was ProActive. It was great. Good luck.

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D.B.

answers from Bellingham on

Dear Lori,

I have a clinical study I'd like to send you regarding the Mangosteen fruit and acne. It's quite compelling. I emailed you personally to tell you that I use the liquid on my acne and it does in fact help. It's 100% organic and 100% natural. It will help alleviate the worrisome effect of medicinal side effects.

The only way I can get you the medical research paper is to send it to your personal e-mail. I can't transfer the file to this particular website.

I know this will be read by others with acne so please e-mail me at the below address and I can send you the document. I am 35, love my 6 year old Max, and have been married for over 16 years.

D. B
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P.S.

answers from Portland on

What is her skin care routine? Having the right products for your skin type and using them properly is very important in keeping acne in check. Peels are a once or twice a year thing and could be making the problem worse. I recommend seeing an esthetician who really knows skin care. Not just anyone, but an experienced professional with more than one skin care line. You could also visit a skin care counter at the mall and ask for a free evaluation. Products you will probably need to get started: Cleanser, freshener, and moisturizer. Using all of them every morning, after workouts, and before bed are extemely important.

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J.B.

answers from Seattle on

Hi Lori!

Poor thing! I remember those days!! What type of thryoid condition does your daughter suffer with?

My one thought...she may be have a reaction to some on the ingredients in her skin regimen. (i.e., Diethanolamine (DEA), Glycerine, Formaldehyde, Dioxins, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and the list goes on!

I have suffered from hormone imbalances since I was ten and not knowing it, also wondering if this could be your daughters conidition!!! So I look forward to knowing a little more about your daughters conditions.

From the Heart,
~~JMB

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S.G.

answers from Portland on

I agree with Doris O. It is good to have your daughter's hormones checked because it can be a sign of an underlying or deeper problem. I have a hormone dissorder, and still suffer from acne at 25. I am currently using Acne Free Severe Acne System. I know Costco carries the Acne Free, and I have found both the basic system and the Severe at Target and WalMart. It is working way better than ProActive, and it doesn't seem to dry my face out. I have combination skin, but most parts are horribly oily. I recently came across this product in Walgreens called Nature's Cure, and so I looked them up online (www.naturescure.com). I have not tried it yet, but am considering, and asking around to see if anyone has used it with either good/bad results. I would suggest asking your "Naturalist" about it. Good luck, and I hope you find a solution because I understand that acne is hard to deal with, regardless of your age!

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T.W.

answers from Medford on

when I was that age I had acne on my forehead and hairline and it turned out to be hair products that I was using and also that as a nervous habit I would touch my forehead a lot which transfers oil to the skin. since it is isolated to her forehead it could just be that also if she is using cheap makeup that could be helping clog her pores try finding some mineral makeup and natural hair care products also

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M.A.

answers from Seattle on

I have several adult and teen friends that used to have chronic acne. Once they began taking nutritional supplements, their problems cleared up rapidly. Let me know if you would like more information on where to find high quality supplements for teens as well as adults.

M. Arnett
Inspired By Life
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J.N.

answers from Seattle on

I ended up getting really bad acne after my daughter was born. My hormones went wacky! I found really good luck with monthly acne facials at a place that really works to get rid of acne. I also found that a regimine of non-soap cleanser, a salicylic acid gel and a non clogging moisturizer (like Cetaphil Daily Facial Moistuizer) really helps. Just make sure she wears a sunscreen (even in winter) because salicyilic acid makes your skin more susceptible to sun burn. FYI Salicylic Acid is basically Aspirin, but great for controlling acne

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J.T.

answers from Louisville on

Lori, I totally know what you are going through! My daughter is only 11 and has had severe breakouts this past 4 months. I was leary because she was so young but I've talked to other moms that have tried it and started her on a product that my company sells, you've probably heard of it...it's called Clear Advantage from Arbonne International. It costs $66.00 retail but I only pay $42.90, plus shipping and tax. It also has a 45 day money back guarantee so if you would like, I could give you my discount and see how she does. Jesi has cleared up even without using the supplements, I use them! Just let me know! Good luck!

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A.S.

answers from Portland on

Hello my name is A.. I am a stay at home mom with young boys. I started a business with Arbonne International. Arbonne is a health and wellness Co. for 28yrs. Herbal and botanical based products. Pure, safe and beneficial. I was reading your request and wanted to let you know that we do have a whole Acne line called "Clear Advantage", is it comparable to ProActive, but much safer for you and healthier. I encourage you to visit our website and check out products for the whole family! I am also, giving mama source %20 off....... I also, want to share that Arbonne stands behind theirs products that there is 45 day guarantee or money back! Please contact me with questions or would like to try a free product in your home.
Please visit my business ad on Mama Source. Much Care to you,
A. S

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D.M.

answers from Portland on

my daugther is 21 now and struggled with acne. her doctor finally put her on birth control pills and they helped to level out her hormones. I did ask the doctor to just call it by it's medical name and not to tell her it was birth control pills until she was much older. he was very nice about it and did call it by it's medical name and she was none the wiser until she was 21. she thank us for not telling her what it was until now. I would say it took about a month or so until the hormones were totally under control and the acne really started to get better.

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C.B.

answers from Portland on

Don't know if she is. She needs to be on a daily skin care program. The best on i know of is the Velocity line from Mary Kay. It works great with oily skin. It sounds like she as oily skin just on her forehead.

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G.F.

answers from Seattle on

HI Lori I pesonally went through some bad acne started when I was 16 and started on my forehead as well then ran down to my cheeks, i tried everything from aloe peels to professional peels and if i would have known of Accutane back when i was 16 i would have started then, i guess go with how long it goes and see I just wish i would have started back then and avoided the scars, acne is not bad it's the scars that leaves afterwards I took accutane for two months and soemtimes it depends on the acne if it's the type that goes and comes sometimes you have to cure it from the inside out, i took it 6 yrs ago and I have no breakouts maybe a pimple here and there before a period but nothing like it use to be, my side effects where just dry lips but i had carmax withme at all times good luck and hopefully your daughter gets better. God bless

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J.L.

answers from Eugene on

Have you tried Proactive yet? The thing with this is you have to use exactly as the directions say. My 15 yr old daughter and 16 yr old nephew both use it and I swear it works. It may worth it to give it a try. :-)

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D.O.

answers from Portland on

Hi,

I have the same scenario here with my 14 yo. Thank goodness for her extremely smart dermatologist...............he did all the hormone evaluations and we are now in the hands of a endocrinologist. It is scary at first but I am so glad we didn't go through just the outside remedies, obviously it would have been a waste of time.
In my daughter's case her hormones were totally wacked out and she needed a chemistry remodel :)

No pun intended, but look deeply for the cause. You'll thank yourself later.

Take care,
D.

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E.M.

answers from Portland on

Lori,

Some basic naturopathic principles about acne: Doing a fast for a few days can help reset the body, if she is amenable. Sugar in any amount can greatly contribute to acne. Doing some natural liver support can help her process the hormones better, herbal and other cleansing methods. A fast, especially the first time, might be best done with some guidance.

If you'd like more assistance in this direction, feel free to call or email.

~Dr. E. Mendenhall, ND
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N.B.

answers from Seattle on

try this... exfoliate every morning with natural scrub and then at night use slices of cucumber on it... use this slices... or better yet, go to an asian store and then get the naturally packed with seasalt raw seaweed. Seaweed - sea kelp ( used in fine salons) same thing. Seaweed has this natural detoxifying agent. Crush the seaweed in small pieces and then put it on a cotton mesh cloth, apply it on forehead for about 15 minutes every night.
Good luck

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A.C.

answers from Portland on

Hormones out of balance can cause alot of problems. Let's Talk Seminars by Jackie Harvey is packed full of invaluable info. [email protected]____.com or ###-###-####

Make sure she gets enough exercise, stays away from processed foods and drinks. You also can make your own cosmetics that help your skin and not clog pores. It is overall cheaper and ALOT more fun to do! Also look into essential oils and herbal steams and face washes. Some books I thoroughly enjoy:
Natural Beauty Basics by Dorie Byers
The Herbal Way to Natural Health and Beauty by Dian Dincin Buchman
Aromatherapy: The Lifetime Guide to Healing with Essential Oils by Valerie Gennari Cooksley

Another book about nutrition is Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon

Good luck!

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N.L.

answers from Portland on

Lori,

Teen years is always a time for change, i would recommend having your daughters hormones checked by a saliva test. Dr gerald Miller in Beaverton can do that, as it will let you know what is really happening as well as he will recommend a nutritional program and a skin regime with products that are not damaging to the cells, and will rebuild the cells to be healthy.
You are on a great start by having her on a healthy diet, however diet alone can not give her all the nutrition she needs for her body.
Good Luck, I had struggled skin issues since I was 25, and can now say that I look and feel better than I did when I was younger.

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T.D.

answers from Seattle on

Hi,Lori..
I recently started drinking the famous Monavie juice. I have had a couple of friends report on great results with their skin. One in particular said that her co-worker had severe acne problems and within 2 weeks of drinking this juice, his face started to clear up. It is a fruit from the Amazon. I have another friend from Brazil who says that yes, everyone eats these berries there for health, fountain of youth and beautiful hair and skin. Check it out at www.monavie.com and let me know if you are interested.

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H.B.

answers from Seattle on

I can understand that accutane is a very strong medication, but after personally struggling with acne and using all of the natural remedies and milder drugs like tetracyline, cutting things out of my diet, different cleansers and creams, retin-a, even spreading raw egg on my skin between the ages of 17 and 21, and feeling worse and worse about my appearance, I finally asked for it on my own, as a young adult. After taking it for a few months, my acne went completely away and has never returned (I'm 31 now) - my complexion is nearly always perfect. I'm so glad I did it and wish I had done it sooner and hadn't suffered for so long, and gotten the scarring that resulted. Just something to think about, it's so tough on a young girl to struggle with her complexion, my mom really regrets that she didn't put me on something stronger earlier so I didn't have to deal with it for so long. If nothing else works, it's worth thinking about. However if her acne is only on her forehead, perhaps give it another year and see if it does subside on its own, or if it gets worse and spreads.

For what it is worth, that is my experience.

H.

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M.W.

answers from Spokane on

I don't know if this will help you but when I was 15 and had a lot of break outs, I went on ortho-tricycline which is birth control(the pill). This has something in it to help with the hormones you put off to make break outs less. Hope you find a solution.

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P.S.

answers from Portland on

Hi Lori, I got acne some time ago and I used Proactiv it works GREAT, your skin gets clear so fast it's unbelievable. I've been going to SPA's for yrs. 24 to be exact, I used many many products from spa to high end line and this seems to be the ticket. Good luck i know acne is horrible it makes you feel like you want to hide. Good Luck, Penelope

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T.C.

answers from Portland on

Whatever you do, don't give up! There are a lot of treatment options out there and it takes a lot of trial and error. While you daughter may outgrow acne, many women do not. I'm 36 and I still have to actively manage my acne. It's worth the trouble though, because some of the scarring will not go away, ever! Did your daughter's dermatologist try combination therapies? I never found single medications to help enough. I tried Proactiv with so-so results. I really like the acne system from Arbonne (this is a consultant-based skin care company you can find on the internet). Currently, I use the Arbonne cleanser and toner, a topical sulfacetamide antibiotic lotion from the dermatologist, topical azaleic acid from the dermatologist, the Arbonne medicated lotion (salicylic acid) and a sunscreen in the morning and the same routine at night substituting a 0.5% retinol cream for the Arbonne medicated lotion. It is quite the wad of stuff, but it works! I also found oral antibiotics and birth control pills (yaz) helpful but got tired of the side effects. Make sure you tell your daughter's dermatologist that she is not happy with the results of her treatment. The doctor should be willing to help her find the right combination!
T. C

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S.G.

answers from Spokane on

I had terrible acne when I was that age and the only thing that worked, since it is hormonal, was birth control pills. It cleared up in a matter of weeks. Hope this helps!

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J.T.

answers from Seattle on

Is it mostly only her forehead? Does she have bangs? If so, pull them back. Oil from her hair can make it worse. Try not to touch her face and if she plays sports or the like, have her wash her face immediately afterwards as to not let the stuff sit on the skin.
What is she using for product? A lot of products for oily skin actually dry the skin out, kicking it into "make more oil" mode. Is this a possibility? Everyone's skin is different. Don't give up hope, chances are it will clear up as she grows out of this phase.
I use Sensaria.
www.mysensaria.com/jenn
Best of Luck!
Jenn

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K.H.

answers from Portland on

I had the same challenge all the way through my teen years and my twenties. For me, it will likely be something that I will always have to deal with - hormones or not. I tried everything from diet to acutaine (which I do NOT recommend due to the health risks) to iodine for my thyroid to antibiotics (topic and oral). It seemed that all of these remedies caused more damage than good.

The only thing that I have found that consistently works is Proactive. No joke. I'd seen all the infomercials and was skeptical, but it really does work. I've been using it for almost two years now and it still works great. Their website is www.proactive.com. I found that my skin was slightly red and peeled for the first two weeks, but after that passed my skin has been consistently smooth and clear. It has also helped to smooth out some of the old acne scars in my skin. It is totally gentle and works even when I use it only once a day (although they recommend twice per day).

Give it a try and good luck!

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D.M.

answers from Anchorage on

To avoid scars don't pop or pick at them. A good cleansing system will help. It should have cleanser, refresher or astringent, and lotion. The most dificult is making sure you have enough lotion believe it or not! If she can teach her skin that it does not need to create oils so much the acne will decrease. It does take time for it to work.
Is her doctor concerned about it? I would assume it is just temporary as most kids go through it. But if it is excessive you may need to get help from a dermatoligist. You may look into alergies as well. Keep a food diary and if you see any flare up matches try removing that food for 3 weeks.

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T.S.

answers from Eugene on

Hi Lori,

A lot of people have given you great advice about what to do. I just wanted to maybe offer my perspective on what not to do...

I was a teenager with terrible acne--all over my face, back, chest. It was terrible! In summer, when everyone else was wearing halters, I was making excuses (terrible sunburn, etc) so I could get away with wearing t-shirts when we went swimming. I never had boys think I looked good, and all my friends completely obsessed about their skin--I couldn't look in the mirror with them without feeling terrible.

My parents were very caring and concerned...and marched me to dermatologists, talked to every adult they knew, even mentioned it to some of my girl friends who had perfect skin! Not only did ANY of the treatments work--tetracycline, prescription creams and lotions, over the counter stuff, stopping chocolate or french fries (of course, this was the 70's and we didn't all think quite so much about nutrition, but we did know that much).

The very worst thing was not the acne itself...it was the terrible sense of shame and self-consciousness that I could not have a single moment with my parents when they weren't peering at my skin and commenting on it, or embarrassing me in front of my friends or theirs!

I'm sure you would not do such a thing, but this is an incredibly sensitive age for a girl, she is beginning high school and developmentally it's already THE age of self-consciousness.

I would say:
1) Don't bring it up unless your daughter does.
2) Keep reminding her that even really bad acne in the teen years often clears up in the 20's--though it's not much comfort for now, at least she'll know there's probably an end in sight.
3) Make sure she drinks water every chance she gets, puts only non-chemically based things on her skin, and eats lots of fresh, raw veggies as snacks.
4) A naturopath or nutritionist might be able to help more than a dermatologist. If I knew then what I know now about how nutrition affects skin, I could have saved myself a lot of pain.

By the way, my skin is clear now, although I still have very high levels of sensitivities that can cause small outbreaks once in awhile.

Good luck, and let your daughter know there's someone out there who completely commiserates with her.

Fiora

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M.M.

answers from Portland on

go for the acutaine -- my child suffered for some time before accepting the help, and it was a great relief to see his problems disappear forever . . . with no repercussions.

I often see young people suffering and wish they or their parents were wise enough to use acutaine.

The exception, of course, is young women trying to become pregnant.

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T.H.

answers from Anchorage on

Hi Lori,

What all has she tried from the dermatologist? Acne is a maintenance problem...at sixteen she will continue to deal with it for a few more years...I am a dermatology physician assistant and would be happy to recommend things she should or could try. Is she scarring or is it just bothersome blackheads and whiteheads? What makeup does she wear? Does she wash her face twice a day. Did you or your husband have problems with acne...if so what seemed to work for you?

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J.H.

answers from Richland on

I have suffered from bad acne all my life. I have been to expensive dermatologists and was putting three different things on my face three times a day! Still had acne. I did some recearch and found this face wash that is amazing! It is packed with essential oils. I even tried accutane twice! This face wash has changed my life. I will never use anything again, or go anywhere again. It's called carly's clear and smooth. It's not very expensive and the bottle lasts me 6 months, i swear by this still, it is awesome, and has helped several of my friends and family members as well. Just go to carly'sclearandsmooth.com i have tried every t.v. Promise and accutane, this is the only thing that cleared my skin. Good luck!

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C.C.

answers from Seattle on

Oprah had some info on this not long ago and the word was to
start with microabrasion therapy. I purchased a little device
that comes with product to do the trick. I got this
at Rite Aid. It's $30.00. Haven't tried it yet but wanted to
give you the tip.

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H.G.

answers from Portland on

I have tried accutaine and yes, stay away from it. Accutaine made my acne worse than it was before. I also tried Retin-A, oral anitbiotics and the pill no luck. Spironolactone 25 MG daily and when my period comes 100MG until it completely stops then back to 25MG keeps me from having any breakouts. I have had acne from age 11 and will be 33 in March. I tried Murad, Proactive and a bunch of other things that just wasted my money. I really reccomend the Spironolactone, no side effects for me except the desired one of no acne.

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J.C.

answers from Seattle on

My 13 year old is going through this right now. We have done everything, ProActiv, even tetracyclene. Right now Clinique's sensitive skin acne wash seems to be helping. She was so stressed about it she got bangs to cover her forehead last year (which is a double edged sword because it covers up the problem but the oil from her hair certainly doesn't help the acne - so when she's home she wears a headband). Also, if she uses any product too much her face really dries out. I'm also hoping it's just a hormone thing. I am trying to encourage water, water and more water. I'll be checking back to this post as well for new tips. Good luck!

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S.R.

answers from Seattle on

My brothers use fish oil pills and they work great. My mom is allergic to eggs, they make her break out in pimples so it could be a specific food. When I was a teenager my problem was resting my face in my hands and just touching my face. Also I just noticed pimples along the side of my face where my cell phone touches my face when holding it to my ear.

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L.M.

answers from Medford on

I think sometimes people do to much for their acne and it just gets worse. To much washing of the face can dry it out and then the face tries to make more oil because it is so dry and this cause more acne. I used tea tree oil as a teenager but my husband used raw egg whites on his face and said it work amazing. He would put the egg whites directly on his face and let it sit for five to ten minutes then rinse it off once a day. I have tried this before and it makes your face feel wonderful. I think the main thing is just not to let her face get dried out. This just makes acne and scarring worse.

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K.W.

answers from Seattle on

I'm sure the doctor would have told you if there was something "wacky" with her hormones by now, if that were the case. I wouldn't call her "almost perfect" either, just because her skin isn't flawless.

I began getting acne around 13, and it didn't really taper off until I was around 17, but I still get it, and I'm 36. I got it especially bad when I tried the Depo shot many years ago, and the flare ups are still pretty severe at times, despite only having had two shots.

I'd agree with the other person who said allergies may be a factor, but again, the doctor should have been able to come up with some sort of answers for you. Maybe ask for Benzaclin and Retin A Micro(what my 17 yr. old daughter is using). And also, like the other person said, a good moisturizer, non-comedogenic, is essential.

Good luck to your daughter.

KW

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L.M.

answers from Portland on

Hi. Why is she on thyroid pills?
I absolutely love Clindamycin liquid. You do need a prescription BUT it is topical and will not damage her system internally and it works. Clean the face in the morning and use the medication and then repeat in the evening. My doctor had explained it like this... just imagine u r cleaning your face with an antibiotic with NO side effects. My two daughters used it going thru their teens. It is great!

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E.R.

answers from Medford on

I USE PURPOSE FACIAL CLEANSER (I FOUND IT AT WALMART).

IF HER SKIN IS REALLY OILY RUB A SLICE OF LEMON ON IT AND LET IT SIT FOR LIKE 10-15 MIN THEN RINSE... IT WILL GET RID OF THE OIL AND MAKES YOUR SKIN REALLY SOFT.

I MAKE MY OWN TONER/PH BALANCER. IT WILL STAY GOOD IN THE FRIDGE FOR 6 MONTHS. IT WILL LAST 3 MONTHS AT ROOM TEMP. I USE TEA TREE OIL BUT CHECK OUT THE FACTS ON ALL ESSENTIAL OILS. I USE THIS EVERY MORNING AND EVERY NIGHT. SOMETIMES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY. MAKE SURE YOU SHAKE IT UP RIGHT BEFORE YOU USE IT. JUST PUT IT ON A COTTON BALL AND WIPE OVER FACE - DO NOT RUB. LET AIR DRY.

HERE IS THE RECIPE:

Apple Cider Toner

GET A LITTLE BOTTLE (LIKE THE TRAVEL ONES)
1 PART APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
2 PARTS DISTILLED WATER
* 5 to 10 drops of your favorite essential oil

YOU CAN USE STRAIGHT TEA TREE OIL ON THE EXISTING ACNE. LAVENDER AND TEA TREE OIL ARE THE ONLY ONES I KNOW THAT ARE SAFE TO PUT DIRECTLY ON SKIN.

Essential Oil info:

http://teenadvice.about.com/library/weekly/aatp102301j.htm

Apple Cider info:

http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/acvinegar.html

I've been doing a clay facial weekly too. It really helps! I bought it at Healthway:

http://www.calantilles.com/Products/prod18.html

I mixed it with apple cider vinegar and I opened 2 capsules of Neem powder. I couldn't find just neem powder so I bought it in the supplement form. Here is some info on neem:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neem

Here are some more home made skin care recipes:

http://possumsal.homestead.com/skincare.html

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K.S.

answers from Seattle on

Hi Lori,
I hope I can be of some help. I am an esthetician and come across this often.
First, lets start with the easy stuff. She needs to make sure that she rinses her hair in the shower very well THEN cleanse her face. That way, she will wash all the shampoo, conditioner etc. and not have any residue on her forehead. It could also be the hair products that she uses on her hair.
Don't have peels done for a while because that will dry out the face which in turn will backfire and make it oily and cause more acne. What happens, is the skin is telling the body that it is dry and that it needs more oil, which isn't really the case. Then, the body will produce more oil and then you have a real problem!
Make sure that she is using good products on her face. A lot of products have additives and "fillers" that can have a terrible affect on skin. Also, they will have alcohol in them which will cause the drying affect that I just described. They can have oil in them which will confuse the skin as well. My favorite product is Dermalogica. They have an incredible acne line that has some great products in it that can possibly help, BUT, your daughter has to be willing to take care of her skin. I only say that because I have a lot of concerned mothers that come in and want to help their daughters and sons but they don't really care so it is a waste of money for mom. If she is willing, it can probably work for her. Trust me, it doesn't have to be a complex regimen either, so if anyone tries to sell you on that, turn around!
I work in Covington and a Spa so if you can get in there, I can do a free consult with her. Let me know. Hope I didn't overwhelm you!

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