Pimple Help

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Registered: 02-20-2009
Pimple Help
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Tue, 08-09-2011 - 8:28am

Hi,

My sweet DS has started getting break outs the last few months.

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In reply to: turnnurn
Tue, 08-09-2011 - 11:58am
Welcome to the board!! You may just have to experiment with different products. My ODD has to change products every few months becuase whatever she uses become ineffective after a little while, but she also has a little more sensitive skin. You can try the proactive kit also. One thing to remember is the more often he washes his face, it signals to the oil glands to produce more oil to accommodate. So if he tends to have oily skin, he'll make it worse by over washing. He may want to try the oil blotting slips that they sell. If it continues to get worse, you can always get a referral to see a dermatologist also, but it doesn't sound likes its really bad quite yet. I'm sure others will pop in and give you some more suggestions that have worked for them.
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In reply to: turnnurn
Tue, 08-09-2011 - 1:54pm

Hi, My dd who is 15 sounds alot like Tracy's dd. After awhile whatever she's using seems to stop working. I just found out her bff is just like her. We;ve gone thru Pro Active, Clean & Clear wash w/benzol peroxide & E mycin wipes. Spot creams. We finakly went to the derm because its so frustrating, she's been taking tetracycline for 1 yr now 2 pills a day it worked for a long time but its ot working anymore. She uses prascion wash & Tetronin cream. She also just started birth control pills for another issue & we're hoping it will help her face also. Its so frustrating when something that has been working stops. We see the derm tomorrow & I hope she'll have some answers.

I would definitely go to a derm at least once to see what he/she has to say.

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In reply to: turnnurn
Tue, 08-09-2011 - 9:47pm

I can feel his pain, when I was a teen I had terrible skin :(

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In reply to: turnnurn
Wed, 08-10-2011 - 2:23pm

If your insurance will cover it, I would start with a dermatologist. One of my friends is the wife of a dermatologist and she says that very often, parents will only bring their kids in when they can't manage break-outs with over the counter remedies. By this point, there has often been scarring, as well as damage to the child's self-esteem. If your son is already feeling bad about himself, I wouldn't mess around with hit or miss remedies (although some of those can work just fine) because acne is much easier to treat when it is just beginning than when it has been going on for a while. Your derm may just give him a new washing routine and tell him to use clearasil, but I'm sure it would make your son feel a lot better to know that there are stronger things he could use if the problem gets worse.

So far, my kids seem to have inherited their father's excellent skin, but I wouldn't hesitate to take them to the derm if they started getting anything more than a few pimples at a time.

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In reply to: turnnurn
Thu, 08-11-2011 - 3:48pm

Both my girls have done the dermatologist thing.

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In reply to: turnnurn
Thu, 08-11-2011 - 8:27pm

Cheryl, one of my brothers had the same issue with very bad cystic acne. Nothing worked for him until Accutane came out (it's definitely a nasty drug, but it worked). He went thru 2 courses of it. He still has scarring and problems with severely dry skin even now, at age 47, but the acne has never returned. Even though DH's family has really nice skin, I am very wary, so I will definitely take my kids to the derm at the first sign that it's not just a few pimples.