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10 year old with spots

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basildonbond Sun 14-Oct-12 12:15:27

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 sad. 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 sad

Groovee Sun 14-Oct-12 12:17:46

My dd who is 12 has had terrible spots. We went to the GP and got a roll on liquid which has really helped.

We use tea tree and witch hazel cleanser from boots and aveeno cream. She washes with the facial wash from the tea tree witch hazel brand in boots.

windsurf74 Sun 14-Oct-12 12:19:52

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)

windsurf74 Sun 14-Oct-12 12:21:14

Oh. And bigger Boots branches now stock this, so you could try a months worth within getting into the whole re-ordering system. smile

basildonbond Sun 14-Oct-12 15:13:14

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?

windsurf74 Sun 14-Oct-12 15:14:51

Without question..once they're there...Sudacrem to get rid!

PinkChampagneandStrawberries Sun 14-Oct-12 15:55:14

As someone who started with really bad skin at 10 and still has acne (late 20s) please get her to the gp and keep taking her until something helps

sausagesandwich34 Sun 14-Oct-12 15:58:33

sudacreme at night on the spots, genuinely makes a difference

DD uses the Superdrug teen skin care range and there is a witchazel stick that she will use in a morning on individual sports

she's also 10 and doesn't get many but she gets big ones

Groovee Tue 16-Oct-12 21:03:15

Body shop do a witch hazel stick which dd applied to any new ones. Hers got so bad it was horrific. She was really mortified by them.

marmitericecakes Tue 16-Oct-12 21:12:12

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.

Leftwingharpie Wed 17-Oct-12 18:50:35

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Leftwingharpie Wed 17-Oct-12 18:54:40

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.

Leftwingharpie Wed 17-Oct-12 18:55:38

If the doctor doesn't take it seriously, see another doctor.

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