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lljkk Wed 06-Dec-17 20:54:20

This is not a pic of DD, but her acne is almost as bad, on the worst days.
Nowhere as bad as mine was at same age so my perspective is, it's not that bad. I had dry ice and OTC potions for treatment.

DD frets about hers. She has antibiotic cream from GP and tries all the lotions & potions she can get OTC. If I took her to a dermatologist, would she get more effective treatment? How much could they clear up? TIA.

MrsKnightley Wed 06-Dec-17 22:47:21

Roaccutane. Sorted DS out completely. Dermatologist can prescribe and it is a permanent solution.

But it is toxic, involves blood tests and, I think, for girls they have to use contraception as it is highly toxic in pregnancy.

But it is a miracle. His spots were huge, cheesy yellow and all over face and back.

A friend (now 50) female, was one of the early testers and she thinks it saved her life as she was so miserable.

Scabbersley Wed 06-Dec-17 22:50:14

Has she tried the pill? Dd took Roaccutane and it was amazing for about 12 months and then the acne returned. It permanently got rid of her body acne though, she had a lot of spots on her back which have never come back. She wanted another course if accutane but the GP put her on yasmin and two months later her skin is clear.

tampinfuminragin Wed 06-Dec-17 22:56:50

The pill, duac cream and good quality facial products.

mehhh Wed 06-Dec-17 23:21:10

I had horrendous acne when I was in my teens it was horrific, nothing helped, I ended up taking rocacutane from the dermatologist on the NHS it helped but the side effects of it are pretty scary, I took it because it was offered and I just wanted rid of my acne and thought it was the only option to clear it... it can cause depression etc, I had a course of 6 months which cleared the acne however I wouldn't take it again if I had acne again... I would really really read up on it before thinking of going near it... it also causes extreme dryness my lips were horrendously chapped the whole time

If I had acne again I would look at far different treatments, such as light treatments (dermalux light therapy is brilliant) I would get a good skin care products and have facials from clinics specialising in skincare... it may be more expensive however far safer with less side effects.... hope she's gets it sorted x

CakesRUs Thu 07-Dec-17 00:02:36

My son has been on minocycline oral antibiotics for years and differin cream. Has helped but he still has acne, just not as severe. Dr has said the next step is to go to a dermatologist who would prescribe roaccutain but he's severely disabled and I don't think the side effects are worth the risk as he doesn't care what his skin looks like, doesn't know what acne is.

Orangebird69 Thu 07-Dec-17 00:06:34

What is her current routine? What products does she use?

lljkk Thu 07-Dec-17 04:46:54

Ta 4 replies.

DD doesn't seem that bad at all. No spots at all on back, for instance.
You have to avoid sun with accutane, too, right? My cousin has been on roaccutane for 30 yrs, but started when she still had cystic acne in her late 20s.

Yeah I'm a bit skeptical about whether DD is at all consistent in her routine, so what would point be of getting something else. I will go ask for specifics again in normal waking hours.

Noofly Thu 07-Dec-17 08:59:36

DH has been on on and off oxytetracycline (?) for years as he is 41 and it’s still the only thing that clears it up! DS was also on it for around 12 months when he was 13 and it seems to have done the trick for him as he is now 15 and gets the odd spot but it’s manageable. DD is now getting dreadful spots so will be taking her to the GP over the Christmas break.

Scabbersley Thu 07-Dec-17 10:33:19

Sebamed soap is Brill plus a la Roche posay moisturiser for blemished skin. If she's looking for an easy routine. All make up off scrupulously, clean pillow cases and lots and lots of water. Drinking 2l a day almost completely got rid of dd2 spots!!

misscph1973 Thu 07-Dec-17 11:01:19

How is her diet?

Have you tried the oil cleansing method?

I have had really bad spots since my teen years (I'm 44). I tried everything. The oil cleansing method made a huge difference, started 8 years ago, although I did have a "purging" period to begin with and stopped and restarted. Also I take Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxal 5' Phosphate form) which has really made a difference, I had huge spots on my back.

You can also try dissolving some good quality sea salt in water (1 table spoon to a cup). Wipe face morning and evening before applying a dab of olive oil.

I honestly believe that most "products" will make things worse.

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