Ok so I have attached a pic of his forehead....and his chin is faaar worse...he is going through puberty, hair down below etc... I just don't know how to manage his skin...he washes it most evenings, has used different things like sudocreme, acnecide, bioderma facial wash....they are getting worse and he is practically the only one in his class going through this. I don't want him to suffer years of bad skin, does anyone have recommendations that would work. Thanks so much
I'm conscious that he is only 11, so didn't want to go down that road too early. He has cut out drinking milk and drinks water now, used to be a bit of a milk junkie. The acnecide has 5% something in it but seems to make his skin worse!
When I started with this on my forehead ar a similar age, I used oxy duo pads -I'm not sure whether they still do them but it was an alcohol basses solution on a cotton pad. I used them religiously morning and night for my early teen years and my skin cleared within weeks. I continued to use them even after the spots dried up. For me, the spots were caused by oily skin I think.
I had acne from 11 and wish my parents had invested in a dermatologist or really pushed the GP from the start. It was grim. If it had been treated as a medical issue rather than some kind of failing (dietary or otherwise) by people around me, it might have been a bit easier. Dermatological treatment requires some persistence and you shouldn't be chopping and changing so much. Dairy restriction should be considered a last resort in an 11 year old growing boy! But if you want some actual practical advice then my derm says you need a cleanse, tone and moisturise regime and long term antibiotics to have the best impact. And if he starts to get cystic acne please send him to a derm or someone with appropriate expertise to deal with it before damage becomes permanent.
Thank you everyone for your replies, that's my feeling too that people question diet etc. He is really healthy...already 5ft 4, and does have milk on cereal etc, just trying to encourage him to drink more water as he does quite a bit of sport.... and wasn't drinking anything rather than drinking warmish milk. He's great for water now. It's hard going as sometimes he is great for the face cleaning... other times..like a typical 11 year old he says...later mom.., and then it doesn't happen. Good advice about chopping and changing and I will definitely re-visit gp and dermatologist if things don't improve.
DS and DD both swear that cod liver oil has done more for them than anything else they've tried.
Possibly they're just growing out of the acne anyway, but I'm not about to object to a couple of teenagers scoffing multivit-with-fish-oil capsules (though I did have a quick check on PubMed for safety records).
Honestly don't hold off on GP - this is bad acne and you won't solve it with over the counter stuff and he will be miserable. Just go. Sudocrem and Bioderma are not acne treatments anyway - he needs a prescription!
He would need to have a real life assessment - options for acne treatment have changed significantly since we were kids however DH had antibiotics for his and his brother had Roaccutane.
Meanwhile I put up with mine and got bullied because my mum thought you didn't go to your GP for stuff like that - now age 40 it's never gone away and I'm on prescription treatment - Retin A and it's gone for the first time ever. You can't stop this with how well or not he washes his face or what he eats, yes there are a few effective topical treatments but they are few and far between and you will end up spending a fortune when the NHS would have happily helped you better.
Go now before it gets worse, before he gets depressed and even worse before he gets permanent scarring - DH has permanent scars which is why his younger brother got taken to GP sooner and got better treatment.
As someone who had bad acne from that age I urge you to take him to the doctors if nothing else works. I waited until I was 17 and the doctor basically told me I should have come earlier in order to avoid scars. Great to hear at 17! Mine cleared up with a dab on cleanser prescribed by the doctor within weeks. My school years would have been easier if I was pushed to go earlier.