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.
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.
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.
The pill, duac cream and good quality facial products.
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
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.
What is her current routine? What products does she use?
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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.
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.
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!!
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.
Usually Roaccutane is prescribed only for severe or cystic acne. In the past I have taken my son to a dermatologist (having been to GP repeatedly) and he prescribed Diffferin gel (Adapalene) and oral antibiotics. His acne was classed as moderate rather than severe and therefore we were advised against Roaccutane. It took 3 months before a sustained improvement was noticeable and whilst he is not spot free, he only gets a few and they clear quickly and don’t scar. I’ve found Acne.org a useful site for everything relating to acne, including reviews of all the products people try, but what works for one person won’t work for another. We have a bathroom full of half used products
I had very bad acne as a teen what worked for me was a combination of daily exfoliation (Dermalogica daily microfoliant or similar buffing exfoliant with salcylic acid), weekly exfoliating face mask (currently using Beauty Pie Fruitizyme Five minute facial which is both cheap and amazing) couple with a normal skin care routine if basic cleanser, toner (witch hazel is the best for acne) and a light moisturiser (my favourite was jurlique day lotion but and light natural moisturiser with lavender seemed to do the trick. In addition changing and washing with hot water all pillow cases/scarves/duvet covers/anything that came into contact with my face also really helped.
Hi, my daughter has had acne since the age of 10; now 14yrs old.We have tried everything from everyone but shied away from a drug prescribed by a dermatologist she was reffered to by our doctor that is made of vitamin A called roaccutane because of the controversy. The pill helped a little bit.Then I met an Indian man in a corner shop who told me to grate fresh tumeric into hot water, add lemon/honey for flavour and drink every morning he said she will never have spots again; coincidence or what i don't know, but it has worked! She is now left with some scarring but that will fade in time. My husband and I now drink it in the morning as it is supposed to prevent inflammation that leads to arthritis etc...give it a go you have nothing to loose, it took about 28 to notice a difference which was exactly what the man told me. i have been back in to thank him and buy my tumeric from him!
yes sorry! 28 days. forgot to say we bought a light for £100 in boots we don't know if it helped or not but maybe stopped it getting worse (this was before the tumeric) DD also read up on taking double dose B5 ; lots of people online said this had helped and you can't overdose like you can on vit A, you just pee a bit more but she drinks 2L of water a day as well! But I have to say Ireally noticed a difference with the tumeric , I hope it works for your DD as mine actually ventured into town with just BB cream on not the full concealer/foundation mask, yesterday, the first time for about 4 years..it is heartbreaking as a mum to watch them go through this but I always say it is not a permanent thing and apart from that she is perfect! good luck xx
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