Dd has just turned 10 - for the last few months she's had the odd spot but this has now developed into one or two spots all the time - she's got a huge one on her chin right now . She's been cleaning with clearasil and using freederm on individu spots but it's not getting any better.
My sister had acne as a teenager and it really dented her confidence and I don't want dd to suffer in the same way. I know it's really early but should I take her to the doctor now - I'm worried that if it's started at 10 she'll have it quite bad.
I do feel sad for her as all of her friends have absolutely clear skin - she's beautiful (I know I'm biased) but she's also got a real perfectionist streak and I know that when she looks in the mirror she's not going to see masses of blonde hair, lovely grey-blue eyes and long, long legs - all she'll see is the spots
If you can afford it...Proactiv - seriously, kind to skin and it works.
(I've suffered with acne since I was 14, I'm now 38, had 2 courses of Roaccutane, have literally tried EVERYTHING from the doctors and dermatologists. I know the pain, emotional and physical, that acne can cause. Definitely take her to the doctors now. Don't just accept it's one of those 'teenage' things)
Thanks for suggestions - I will take her to the GP in half term. I just wondered whether they'd take it seriously as she's only just 10
I would be very happy to throw money at this if I could make it go away however I am hideously allergic to salicylic acid so would be very wary of giving it to dd who has v sensitive skin and is already allergic to several things.
Does anyone have any recommendations for something to put on spots to make them go away quicker once they're there?
I went to the doctor at 10 with spots + I'm so grateful to my mum for taking me + my feelings seriously. Like other posters I had severe acne + went on to take Roaccutane but I hope your DD will be all clear before you reach that point.
The sooner you get her to the doctors the better really, as they progress you through various treatments before they bring out the big guns. It took well over a year before I was referred to a consultant dermatologist. My skin is much improved after two courses of Roaccutane. For the occasional flare up I use Oxy on the Spot cream - it's quite harsh but effective.