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What can I do to help? (Acne related and v.v. bizarre.)

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FellatioNelson Tue 20-Nov-12 06:46:22

I have a young girl of 23 who works for me. She has bad acne. She is Philippino. I have just found out this morning that she has sent an amount of money which is equivalent to ONE THIRD of her monthly salary back home for some 'herbal oil' treatment that she believes will cure her.

You see it's not actually acne she has - Oh no. She has had a black magic spell put on her by a boy who fell in love with her a few years ago, and she did not reciprocate so this is her punishment, sent from him.

Her previous employer took her to a Dermatologist who prescribed antibiotics which 'made her feel sick' and she only took one month's course, although by the sounds of it there was a bit of a temporary improvement. I know that for acne ABs to be effective you need to wait 3 months or even longer to see an improvement sometimes.

I was considering approaching her about her skin as she is a lovely looking girl and I knew it must be getting her down, but I didn't want to seem rude by pre-empting it. However, now she has brought the subject up, how can I help her?

I think she is buying rubbish 'irritant' stuff like Clearasil as well, which will inflame it and make it worse.

She is reluctant to go down the AB route again as she doesn't believe they will help. I'm afraid to say my first reaction was to go shock and burst out laughing when she told me about the curse, and she looked a bit wounded and indignant when I suggested that she might have wasted an awful lot of money on this 'cure'.

What is likely to be in this 'potion' from the Philippines and can we recreate it here, for a fraction of the price and without the Voodoo?

Castor Oil? Tea tree? Colloidal silver? Anything? confused

I need to tread carefully - I don't want to hurt her feelings or make her feel foolish.

Speedos Tue 20-Nov-12 22:00:51

I have had it on forehead and around the hairline, hard little bumps that stay there and whiteheads.

I had one session of laser resurfacing combined with glycolic peel, couple weeks later by another peel and getting another one on Saturday. I am also using dalicin-t antibiotic.

A week after the first session my skin was amazing and still is, I may not bother getting anymore peels after my next scheduled one.

Unfortunately this stuff is not cheap, £125 first session, £75 subsequent.

Another tip for the hairline ones is to change your shampoo, I used to use Kerastase now use my husbands head and shoulders! (still use Kerastase conditioner though)

BookFairy Tue 20-Nov-12 22:36:45

I'm currently taking Roaccutane but I see an excellent Consultant Dermatologist and only take 10mg per day (approx 1/4 of the usual daily dose). Are you a HCP mrsrisotto?

fellatio I tried benzyl peroxide but found it far too harsh on my skin and actually made the acne worse. I'd take your employee to proper Dermatologist as you could spend a fortune on products with no benefit. You are so kind to want to help her!

msrisotto Wed 21-Nov-12 07:20:05

Yes but not specially in this field.

FellatioNelson Wed 21-Nov-12 11:40:23

It is not totally unsolicited msrisotto she brought the topic up; I never would normally but as I am responsible for making sure she has access to healthcare where we live (in the Middle East) I just wanted her to know that ABs were available for acne (wasn't sure whether she was even aware of that) and I would be happy to take her along to get some (if that was what she wanted) and pay if they were not available through state healthcare.

I asked her what she did last weekend when she was off and she said 'Oh I didn't really go out - I needed to save my money for treatment for this' and pointed to her skin.

Only after I asked her what she meant did she say 'This is not normal acne, it's a black magic curse.' My immediate reaction was one of incredulity, and yes, you do sometimes laugh when you hear something you find incredulous.

I hate to think of her working hard just to get ripped off, so I said 'Wow, that's an awful lot of your money to be spending, but you shouldn't hold your hopes up too high. It might be better to go to the doctor as well. If you like I can ask some 'friends' (meaning you lot) if they can help with some ideas that are not so expensive. I didn't go on about the black magic thing or try to belittle her - I thought I made that clear.

Yesterday she asked me if I would buy her some soap called 'Acne Soap'. It looked rubbish to me, but I said yes of course, if she wanted to try, but she should not be surprised if it was very drying or made her fee feel worse, and that it was completely ok to just throw it away if it was no good.

BobbiFleckmann Wed 21-Nov-12 11:45:42

antibiotics will work on a black magic curse but yes, you need a few months to get results. Roaccutane is serious stuff which should be last resort after different a/bs etc

if you want topical things - the Murad acne system is bloody brilliant. face wash, some kind of gel lotion, oil free moisturiser and a spot cream comes all in one package and they've almost always got a special offer on the whole kit (small sizes admittedly) - you can also try the discount code SHESAID or SHESAIDBEAUTY at checkout, might still work (online store)

msrisotto Wed 21-Nov-12 13:16:15

Sorry, if I came across sharply, tone is so difficult to express in text.

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