OT: Do you know any good acne remedies?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Sandyz, Nov 29, 2005.

  1. Sandyz

    Sandyz New Member

    My 14 year old is having a lot of acne and I don`t know what to do anymore. I`m frustrated and so is he. We have tried over the counter stuff like stidex, clearisil,etc. That wasn`t working so we order the Proactive system. We still didn`t have much luck with that so I took him to the doctor. She put him on a antibiotic cream he puts on his face after he washes it. It`s been a month and its still not much better.

    Anybody know of any good home remedies for this that might help? This is stressing me out.

    Sandy
  2. Angie812

    Angie812 New Member

    Sandy,

    Not sure what to suggest. Did you take your child to a dermatologist or your primary physician? My daughter is 10 and was already starting to get acne, especially on her forehead. After Clearasil wasn't helping enough, I got Proactive and it has really cleared her up. She's very good about using it 2x/day without me having to remind her. Did your child use it regularly?

    Good luck to you. I know how frustrating acne can be for a teenager. Maybe others will have some good suggestions for you.

    Angie
  3. Sandyz

    Sandyz New Member

    I took him to a pediatrian who treats acne. I couldn`t get into the dermatologist for 3 monthes so we couldn`t wait that long. She uses the same treatment I think they would use. The next step after the antibiotic cream is to be put on a oral antibiotic. Then if that doesn`t work they go to acutane. I`ve heard a lot of bad stuff about the acutane so I doubt if I`ll be putting him on that.
    Yes, he was using the proactive regularly two times a day.

    The raisons sound like an interesting remedy. I have never heard of that before. I could use that one, I need some detoxing on myself.

    Thanks for you imput.
    Sandy
  4. kch64

    kch64 New Member


    My husband's dermatologist gave him a face wash called Brevoxyl. It really seems to help him. He was having a bad time and now his skin looks much better.

    It's 8% benzoyl peroxide.

    hope this helps
    Kendra
  5. Sachmo

    Sachmo New Member

    My daughter had acne. She is 16. We had a hard time finding stuff because she is allergic to everything under the sun.

    Shiseido cosmetics makes blemish clearer and washing system. She used that and it worked great. You can get at the makeup counter at good department stores
  6. proteinlady

    proteinlady New Member

    I took my 16 yr old son to the dermatologist a year ago. Inititally he was put on doxycycline for 6 wk to clear him up and also put on differin cream at night time. After six wks he was transitioned to topical erythromycin with benzoyl peroxide in it in am with differin in pm and he looks good.
  7. pamj

    pamj New Member

    I have found that when I paid too much attention to the products I used (and use them twice a day) my skin got more irritated & broke out worse. When I wash gently and use a product from Mario Badescu called Buffering Lotion, it definitely calms down. I've also tried the Drying Lotion, which you put directly on the pimple before bed, and it really helps dry it out. You can buy their stuff from their website. If you can afford it, I'd try the acne repair kit, which is $44. It's a good start to see if their products are right for you.

    I kept hearing that all the celebrities & models use their stuff, so I tried it & they were right :)

    The other very important thing is DIET (even though some people don't believe it). I notice a HUGE difference depending on how I've been eating. I've changed the past couple of months to a wheat-free, sugar-free, dairy-free diet, and my skin has been clearer than ever. I also see improvement when I use flax-oil & fish oil regularly. I use rice milk instead of milk.

    I found this info on a website regarding acne & diet:

    "- Foods that cause Acne - Reduce your intake of sugar (including excessive amounts of fruit juices), sweets, processed flour, baked goods, and trans or hydrogenated fats. Examples include donuts, cookies, pastry, ice cream, pies, etc. Use Stevia, the no calorie natural sweetener rather than sugar. Regularly eating breads, cakes, chips and other staples of Western culture is likely to promote acne.

    - Sodas are a significant source of sugar. Switch to water, herbal teas, and vegetable juices. You can sweeten herbal teas with stevia.

    - Reduce intake of nuts, including brazil nuts, walnuts, almonds, and filberts. Peanuts and peanut butter may provoke acne in some individuals. If you eat nuts, limit your intake to small amounts and preferably eat raw nuts.

    - Reduce intake of milk products, including ice cream and cheese. There is a high amount of hormones produced in the milk of cows, particularly in the milk of pregnant cows, which makes up the bulk of marketed milk and dairy products. Milk from pregnant cows contains progesterone, 5-alpha reduced steroids, and other steroid hormones. These hormones, when consumed, can break down into dihydrotestestosterone (DHT), the final molecule that turns on oil-making cells. Studies show there is an association between milk consumption and acne, and it didn't matter whether the milk was whole, low fat, or skim. For those who eliminate or significantly reduce milk products from their diet, calcium supplements could be helpful.

    - Reduce or avoid vitamin E supplements. I have come across some patients who have noticed acne pimples after taking vitamin E. I am not certain of this connection, but until more is known you may wish to stop taking high dose supplements of this vitamin. There have also been rare case reports of aggravated acne following very large intake of B vitamins.

    - Increase intake of foods that may improve acne such as fish (halibut, salmon, tuna, sardines). These contain important omega 3 oils such as EPA and DHA. They will make a difference in the health of your skin.

    - Eat as many vegetables as you wish, preferably organic. Eat a wide variety, not just the few that most American eat. The combination of fish and vegetables is likely to be the healthiest meal for those with acne.

    - Consider taking fish oil capsules if your intake of fish is fewer than twice a week.

    - Increase your intake of water. Drink a glass or two of cold water first thing in the morning to eliminate the bowels. Drink 4 to 8 glasses of water per day, more in hot weather.

    - Foods that I consider to have no major influence on acne include meats, turkey, and chicken. "


    I know it's very frustrating for a teenager to deal with this. I knew people who used to stay home "sick" when they had a bad breakout, because they were so embarrassed. Try a very healthy diet for a few weeks, lots of homemade soup w/veggies & brown rice if you can. I really believe that if you try to reduce the toxins in the body, it will help the skin. Also, drink water with lemon squeezed into it. All of this will also raise the body's pH which is also supposed to help acne.

    I hope you're able to find answers soon. I can imagine how stressed you are about this.

    take care,
    Pam
  8. ellie5320

    ellie5320 New Member

    I found tea tree oil cleared mine up when a skin specialist couldn't as it gets rid of the infection and DO NOT SQUEEZE you have to do a skin test first even though its a natural product some ppl are alergic. hope its available where you live Linda
  9. Sue50

    Sue50 New Member

    I took oral antibiotics for years for acne, now I have found out it was because of yeast that I had acne, don't need the antibiotics anymore, just eliminated sugar from my diet.
  10. angeldust

    angeldust New Member

    Retina A cream is brilliant it helps acne and also improves the condition of your skin making it look radiant and younger(probably not necessary at 14 yrs!). A sugar free diet is essential. Avoiding Dairy foods can help too. Eating healthy fats seeds, nuts, fish oils and reducing saturated fats such as butter, red meat will also help. I also find olive leaf extract helps too. I would avoid long term antibiotic use and I've heard lots of bad stuff about accutane.
  11. Sandyz

    Sandyz New Member

    Thanks a lot for all the good advice. I`ve got lots of new things to try. Its good to know the fish oil capsules are ok to take. He was on those because he has ADHD and they help him focus so much better. We temporary quite taking them because I wandered if the oil in them was making his skin worse.

    Vilke, I bought some of the Johnson and Johnson product you suggested last nite. I hadn`t tried that before. The astringet really seems to draw a lot of crud out of the bad spots. Can you put the Pera Gel on right on top of the astringet or will it irritate the skin mixing the two?

    I also really needed to know what foods and drinks irritate it. His diet could be a lot better and I`m going to try some of your suggestions on that. Thanks for all that information.

    I feel less stressed out already, getting some help from you guys. Your all great.
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  12. dunnlb

    dunnlb New Member

    Retin A is a standard treatment for acne. I use it for all sorts of things: lightening brown spots on face and hands; removing precancerous spots and warts.

    When I first started using it, it made my face look like I had a bad sunburn. I would recommend using it on a small area for awhile, let that area heal if burned, then work up to a larger area. It is not dangerous; you just have to get used to how it works. After using it for a few weeks, you should be able to put it anywhere without it burning. I don't know why it works like that.

    It only takes a small amount, less than the size of a pea to cover the whole face. It is expensive if bought in the U.S.; I just order mine online from 4 Corners Pharmacy.