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10/11 year old spots

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FedupofTurkey Tue 19-Mar-13 18:18:36

DS has been getting spots on his face for a while. He drinks lots of water and eats fairly healthily. They're now starting to bother him.

I have bad skin myself and ended up going to the dr as it was getting me down so I know how he feels. I underwent various treatments and now use a special face cream. I imagine he is too young for this, has anyone else had this issue and solved it?

FedupofTurkey Tue 19-Mar-13 20:09:59


chickensaladagain Tue 19-Mar-13 20:25:54

I would try a simple face was -superdrug do a nice teen range that's not too girly

Tea tree sticks are quite helpful

But if you are worried take your dc to the docs

There is no such thing as too young and acne is horrible hmm

OldBeanbagz Wed 20-Mar-13 20:29:21

My DD is using Freederm facial wash & spot stick (she found that the Simple range irritated her skin). It seems to be working well though i'm always naggaing at her to drink more water too. I don't think the weather helps as as soon as the suns out, her skin is fine.

My friend took her DD to the doctors and he was able to prescribe something as she a very bad T zone.

Kaluki Wed 10-Apr-13 12:42:39

Dermalogica do a lovely range for preteen skin called Clean Start. Its not as harsh as Clearasil etc and is designed for young skin.
They do a starter kit for £19.99 with all the samples so you can try before you buy. It works for my DS who is 13 - especially the Bedtime Breakouts cream but you do have to keep on using it.
Other than that get them out in the sun (if we ever get any!!)

ItsRainingOutside Thu 11-Apr-13 23:12:08

If he is also getting spots on his chest and back, a doctor's appointment would result in a referral to a dermatologist who could identify whether it's just normal teenage acne or something more which would need a different course of treatment.

SouthernPolish Sat 20-Apr-13 19:44:57

I naturally have 'hormonal' oily skin and, as a pre-teen I had terrible acne and big crops of blackheads. I used to use harsh stuff designed to dry them out, like clearasil and clean & clear. It took me ages to work out I was actually making them far worse!

What worked for me was a very gentle foamy type cleanser used with a flannel (gentle scrubby action) in the morning, after school and night, a very light moisturiser (otherwise the skin compensates by pumping out loads of oil), I did GENTLY extract blackheads and squeeze spots but with clean hands, tissues and minimal pressure, applied either neat tea tree oil or Clinique's blemish gel on really bad spots and a couple of times a week I used a deep cleansing clay mask.

Try gentle skincare ranges, without too many nasties in them though, like Neal's Yard. If price is an issue, Neal's Yard often comes up cheap on EBay, due to the party plan reps either giving up and selling off stock or promotions.

Rather than doing a major weekly exfoliation with a grainy type scrub, it's better to exfoliate every time you wash your face, using a flannel/muslin type cloth, ie: taking off a thin layer every time, rather than potentially aggravating the skin by 'blasting' it. BUT: the cloths must be kept clean and changed on a daily basis, due to bacteria.

Now I'm nearly 42 I LOVE my oily skin as it isn't wrinkly! But I can still get a bad breakout along my jawline unless I keep it scrupulously clean and well exfoliated - I use a Clarisonic nowadays, which is amazing! They are pricey, but really work wonders in my experience. If I'm lazy and forget to use it, I get spotty again. You can effectively try one for free if you buy it from QVC under their 30 day guarantee - they have cheap pricing / offers too. Most Clarisonic kits come with an acne brush, but I just use a normal one.

By the way: my twin nephews (13) were quite spotty, so I bought them a kit each for Christmas (as above) and it appears to be working.

SouthernPolish Sat 20-Apr-13 19:56:03

Clarisonic on QVC:
Try for 30 days, if not happy return for full refund, even though used!

Neal's Yard Palmarosa range:

Clinique blemish gel:


t875 Wed 24-Apr-13 23:40:58

Some great advise here. My daughter has this too. And we've been getting her to use Sudocream and it works really well also freederm gel
I'm trying hard though ATM to combat the large black heads a few on her cheek. Anyone got any ideas? Don't want to remove them as that makes them worse!

CouthySaysEatChoccyEggs Wed 24-Apr-13 23:44:57

Freederm. Wonder stuff. I may or may not nick DD's when I have a pre-period breakout...

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Soveryupset Tue 16-Jun-15 14:50:40

Mine is 10 and was getting a lot of spots. We went totally sugar free for 3 weeks and also no crisps, etc and nearly all her spots disappeared. As soon as she has a few treats they re-emerge.

I am not saying this will work for everyone, but it was worth a try before medicating. Good luck with it!!

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