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Teen DS spotty forehead?

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Spillit Thu 14-Dec-17 18:28:17

I’m rubbish at beauty products but want to help 15yr old DS sort out his spotty forehead. Confused about what to advise him.
He told me he used dove soap (no no no!) and know that he bought a harsh exfoliater, which I also think is a no. But what do I advise? He’s not got spots anywhere else, so it could be his fringe but it’s a catch 22 - he won’t trim it because of the spots...
Any advice?

WatchTheFoxes Thu 14-Dec-17 18:32:53

He can use a gentle cleanser like cetaphil. Are the spots large or tiny red dots? If they are tiny dots on his forehead it might be fungal -- like dandruff on his forehead. He can use nizoral shampoo on the area.

He should be washing his hair every day as any grease or sweat will irritate it. But it's normal to have spots at his age. If they are bigger spots he can use 5% acnecide gel on the affected area but he will need a good moisturiser to go over the top (like cetaphil or aveeno) as it dries out the skin.

Meandmouse Thu 14-Dec-17 18:33:44

La Roche Posay has a gentle facial wash which sorted DS spots out.
I know when he hasn’t been using it as the spots reappear.
It’s the Effaclar range

AttillaThePun Thu 14-Dec-17 18:50:08

Also changing pillowcase more often can help. I change my pillowcases twice as often as the rest of the sheets.

Oblomov17 Thu 14-Dec-17 18:57:36

I bought clearasil, only because that's what Sainsbury's had : spot cream and wash.
Both working very well for year 9 Ds1.

Spillit Thu 14-Dec-17 19:42:16

Thanks all. What product contains acnecide watchthefoxes? And can he use cetaphil as both cleanser and moisturiser?
Oblomov, I’ve heard clearasil can be harsh and make things worse?
Meandmouse - la Roche Posay sounds good.
Would anyone advise a toner? Or exfoliater?

dementedma Thu 14-Dec-17 19:47:47

spotty 15 year old ds here too but he doesn't seem bothered about improving things. Have bought various products which he uses half heartedly. When I was a teen I hated having spots but he doesn't seem worried in the slightest.

squoosh Thu 14-Dec-17 19:48:12

The Neutrogena Visibly Clear Grapefruit cleanser is good for teenage skins. And he should also try some glycolic acid pads

These Nip Fab ones

or these cheaper ones.

He should wipe one over his face after cleansing. They're good at getting rid of spots, and they're very gentle despite the name.

It does sound like his fringe is the culprit so maybe he wants to try a different hair product to see if it helps. and yeah, he needs to wash his hair daily.

greenhairymonster Thu 14-Dec-17 19:51:17

Reduce sugar, refined carbs and dairy and eat more veg! Not popular but it does improve hormonal skin.

RestingGrinchFace Thu 14-Dec-17 19:56:21

Salasylic acid is known to help a lot of people. Other things to consider may be some disinfectant for his fringe, may help. Hair does the day to make it much worse. Then of course there is moisturisers and toners-witch hazel works a charm for teenaged skin.

Bubba1234 Thu 14-Dec-17 19:57:02

the decleor cleanser is a
Miracle worker for my teen

LookAtAllTheBullshit Thu 14-Dec-17 20:06:46

Being cheeky here, so apologies OP!
I’m like OP and not ‘good’ with beauty products, but my 11yr old son is less spotty and more blackheads.
What would help him?
He showers every morning, I have tried exfoliates, the pore strips, cleansers to clean and toners to close pores, but his chin still has multiple, dark blackheads.
Any recommendations and apologies again OP.

squoosh Thu 14-Dec-17 20:10:20

Try a product with salicylic acid in it LookAt like La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo. There will be cheaper ones about too.

WatchTheFoxes Fri 15-Dec-17 04:17:43

Acnecide is the name of the gel, you can buy it in boots here:

It contains 5% benzoyl peroxide so may bleach coloured fabrics -- pillowcases, sheets etc. if applied at night.

Yes you can get cetaphil cleanser and moisturiser separately, they are both mild and good for acne skin. You can buy them from Amazon or Superdrug, I believe. I've suffered from acne on the forehead myself and those products have worked for me smile

roseretro Fri 15-Dec-17 04:21:29

I would recommend browsing SkincareAddiction on reddit, they have routines and product recommendations on there from people who have actually tried and tested them with their acne troubles. You’ll probably find the answers to your questions too

strawberryclouds Fri 15-Dec-17 04:31:49

I spent years trying different acne products when I was a teenager, in the end the only thing that worked was a trip to the doctor. They prescribed me a gel called Duac that worked absolute wonders and cleared up my skin completely. Honestly, cut the faff and just go to the doctors. With regards to exfoliators and toners, I would not recommend them - toners are unnecessary and dry out the skin, and exfoliators will just irritate the acne.

Spillit Fri 15-Dec-17 06:36:00

Thanks for all the fantastic advice, and thanks watchthefoxes for the link.
I’ll do some investigation and hopefully report back good news

AnaWinter Fri 15-Dec-17 06:39:52

Acnecide worked wonders for my skin. It cleared up the spots I had within a few days and they never reappeared. I had spent a fortune on other products that didn’t work.

Believeitornot Fri 15-Dec-17 06:41:12

Over Christmas he could move his fringe. Whenever I have a fringe, I get spots even now!

RebeccaJane12 Fri 15-Dec-17 07:00:25

I wouldn't use Clearasil-it burnt under my eyes, one worse than the other and 5 years on you can still see the scar under one of my eyes. Face wipes helped me a lot when I had the same a few years ago and hair wash everyday.

abbsisspartacus Fri 15-Dec-17 07:08:22

Sounds nuts but moisturiser helps my dd she just never fucking uses it 🙄

JaneWonder Fri 15-Dec-17 07:21:04

My DD has hadn’t miracle results from Paulas Choice products (mail order). She has a bha cleanser and a salysilic acid toner with a retin a serum and a moisturiser.

I was amazed it worked as my teenage acne was awful and resisted even GP prescribed medication.

RoganJosh Fri 15-Dec-17 07:22:24

Is he washing his hair every day?

Roystonv Fri 15-Dec-17 07:26:04

Does he wear a cap, this could be making the problem worse as the head band gets grubby/sweaty. Just a thought.

IDoAllMyOwnStunts Fri 15-Dec-17 22:58:58

I second taking him to the doctors for Duac cream.
Just took my Dd for her spotty forehead and it’s cleared her skin in a week. Honestly, just take him. Doctors treat spotty skin seriously in kids and won’t hesitate to prescribe the duac cream as a first remedy.
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