Any great rememdies for Acne?

Colleen - posted on 04/08/2010 ( 35 moms have responded )

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Nothing is working for my daughters acne. She is so beautiful but can't stand to look at herself in the mirror. We have tried everything, even the pill--that just made her sick.
Please any suggestions would help.

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Gina - posted on 05/23/2010

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I suggest extra strength or even normal strength Apple Cider Vinegar. My 16 year old had bad acne also and I dab him with some of that every night for a week or so and his acne has dried up mostly. Its better than any cream or ointment or facial wash that we have tried and its cheap and available in the supermarket

Rebeca - posted on 04/09/2010

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I really feel for you and your daughter. I have suffered from acne since I was 13, and I am 35 now and still struggling with it. I believe every case is different and there are lots of things you can try. I also tried the pill, but it didnt help. I tried Proactive but that made my skin all dry and leathery like a lizard and it took months to get back to normal. I have tried clearasil and probably every acne or pimple cream or lotion on the market, to no avail.

I was put on antibiotics (which I have been on for over 6 months now), they didnt seem to help at first but then by accident I discovered that by using the most natural facial scrub and moisturiser from the health food shop, my skin has improved dramatically.

It seems that the more harsh the product, the worse it made my acne so now the combination of natural products with lots of oils and vitamins and no preservatives, and the antibiotics (called akamin - minocycline tablets) has really helped and for the first time in my life I can leave the house without a mask of foundation and concealer on - I have even been asked if I had chicken pox! - several times).

The other thing is to look at your daughters diet and encourage her to eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and not so much refined sugar such as chocolate, candy and soft drink(soda). Even now, if I drink Coke or eat too many lollies or chocolate I will have a breakout).

Good luck, I hope the above helps. I really hope your daughter grows out of it when her period and hormones stabilise.

LISA - posted on 04/11/2010

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My son was in the same boat as your daughter for about a year and half. We tried Pro-Active, Murad and a very good dermatologist. The cream for his face and the oral antibiotic (prescibed from the dermatolgist) worked for a short time but the acne soon returned.

We finally went to a homeopathic doctor in our area and he examined my son and spent over an hour with him on his very first visit.

He put him on certain vitamins and minerals and within 1-2 months, his face really had improved. Its been a year now and my sons complexion is looking really heathy.

We finally found something that really worked for him.

If you do go to a dermatologist, please beware of a drug called Acutane (I'm fairly certain this is the name) Through research, I found that it can be dangerous causing serious side effects-even suicidal thoughts.

Hope you find your answer.

Belinda - posted on 04/09/2010

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Hi, the reason nothing is working is because the cause of the acne needs to be addressed directly not the acne.



I believe you can try all the products you want but as long as you don't get rid of WHY the acne is coming it will never go away.



My daughter and I have both had the same problem, I cut out dairy for other health reasons and I also was suffering adult acne and as a result of cutting out the dairy and drinking a lot of green tea my skin has cleared up and it is perfect now, I also have a very healthy whole food diet and exercise regularly.



My daughter is 15 and had the same problem that I had with acne. Through my research I came accross information about dairy being the cause of acne especially in teenagers, it is all dairy products, milk, cheese, yoghurt etc, I told my daughter about this as she had tried everything and her skin was looking terrible and none of the products I was buying were working (and I did not want her going on the pill which my sister had suggested) and I told her to try it for a month and her skin is perfectly clear now, she is really happy and so much more confident, and as a treat for her doing it I buy her sorbet ice cream and no dairy chocolate which she loves. To clear up the acne all dairy should be cut out of her diet and find other replacements such as 'so nice' soy milk or 'so good' and they have soy ice cream as well which my daughter loves the chocolate, and the more whole foods in her diet the better, ie, fruit and vegetables and brown bread, brown rice, brown pasta, and dairy free chocolate and beans like chick peas and soy beans, and lots of herbal and green teas and honey to taste or raw sugar not white sugar. But the secret is a lot of warm teas you must keep flushing out the toxins through the liver and kidneys and her skin will clear up perfectly, oh and exercise the sweating also clears the skin out.



You can research this stuff online I did. You will find out a lot of information. I googled 'dairy cause acne' and found articles. It really has changed my daughters and my life, I only use on my skin now 'sapoderm' soap which is very natural ingredients it is by Detol and I used a vitamin e cream and then sunscreen when I go out, 'bare minerals' one and I use all natural mineral makeup as I also am alergic to chemicals in things so the more natural minerals and vitamins you use on the skin the less toxins the body has to deal with as well, it is the envioronment the body is in that it is reacting to, very scientific really.



All the best and I hope your daughter will have the same success my daughter and I had with cutting the dairy out and drinking lots of green teas and herbal teas and just healthy diet and exercise.

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Michelle - posted on 09/08/2013

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Using the oil cleansing method can really benefit the skin and really cleared up my acne if you google it there are a variety of options that work for different skin types for me i use half castor and half almond oil mixed together massaged into the skin for about a minute at night then place a clean warm/hot wash cloth on the face for about a minute to open the pores then wash any residue off followed by coconut oil as a moisturiser then wash with water in the morning.turmeric is also an amazing product to use on the skin using it as a face mask twice a week using raw honey, natural yoghurt an oil and a pinch of turmeric again loads of variation recipes on google and even adding a dab to your usual moisturiser everyday gives great benefits.really hope all this helps someone the way it helped me:-):-) good luck as i know how you all feel acne cant kill you but definately kills your self esteem and confidence:-(

Amy - posted on 04/12/2013

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Linda - posted on 03/23/2013

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The first step is to develop a good skin care routine and to be consistent with it everyday. Also, drinking at least the recommended amount of water daily will help the tissues function as they should.

1. Cleanse (non-sudsing cleanser)
2. Exfoliate (masks 2x weekly, gentle wash cloth, or gentle scrub)
3. Moisturize (oil, lotion)

If she is inconsistent, then products will never have a chance to work and her skin is going to act out when she changes. Do not use products which dry out the skin because it will just increase the skin's natural oil production- unfortunately this is the case with most medicated acne treatments. I recommend using TRULY natural skin care products to avoid the negative effects of mainstream acne products which can cause bigger problems later on.

Here are my recommendations:
-Cleanse: an expensive product does not necessary mean effective- for this step SIMPLE is best. I love Alabu's Baby Me soap (www.Naturalscove.com). It costs $5 and lasts a LONG time. It is non-sudsing and will not strip the natural oils of the skin and will help condition the skin to improve the condition.

-Exfoliate: My favorite mask for acne prone skin is Antho's Mermaid Cheek (although keep in mind it smells a bit like the sea) or the Strawberry dessert mask (smells delicious). Both can be found here-http://naturalscove.com/face

-Moisturize: This may sound odd but I highly recommend using coconut oil on acne prone skin as your moisturizer. This serves as a microbial barrier and helps to limit the infection and bacteria that causes the acne in the first place while moisturizing and protecting. That or a good natural oil based moisturizer. Oil cleanses oil and will actually help reduce acne issues.

Hope that helps!

Maninder - posted on 01/09/2013

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There is a natural formulation from www.curcumincare.com.

I will be more than happy to send you one kit to use. It works for my kids.

Send me your mailing address and I will ship you free of cost. Why free? because I know it works and I am going to setup a buisiness around it.

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Pamela - posted on 11/21/2012

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Accutane it takes commitment and good insurance or a lot of out of pocket money but so worth the end result. Talk to your dermatologist about it; had two of my six kids take this medication for 3 months and both have had excellent results!!! :) good luck!

Michelle - posted on 05/19/2010

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My daughter has ance as did I as a child. I do not want to give her antibiotics if I do not have to. I called my health and wellness expert and she suggested starting with zinc, a multivitamin and optiflora. I did this and she also uses the Mary Kay Blemish control toner. If she is good about taking the vitamins and washing her face her skin looks great. IF you want to talk to someone from Shaklee let me know. Good luck. I know its very hard for teenagers to have this problem.

Michelle

Tracey - posted on 05/19/2010

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Don't laugh but I put toothpaste on spots. Dries them out really quickly and makes you smell nice!!!

Jennifer - posted on 05/17/2010

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Try Proactiv.com.au my daughter uses it and it works as long as you give it a good go, follow the instructions propply and she will be beautiful again it realy works

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they have facial wipes(like stridex) you can get from your regular Dr that is prescription strength called clindamycin phosphate(or clindamycin pledgets) and you use them after you wash your face, my daughter has severe acne and is on the pill and we tried all the things we could afford and nothing cleared it up after she used these for while(it takes about 6weeks to see a big difference) it cleared up her acne she still uses them and her friends say to her your lucky you dont have acne and she says thats because of the meds my dr gave me. I have the underskin acne and I have been using phisoderm antiblemish gel facial wash because I had a severe breakout and within a week my skin has cleared up(Im 35 and usually never have acne) also tea tree oil can work to clear up acne as well.dabbing it on the pimples will heal them since its an antiseptic. these would be cheaper solutions. If none of these work you might try the proactive or the new one skin ID. other than that I would see a dermatologist if those dont work

Louise - posted on 04/15/2010

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This is miserable for your daughter. Take her to the doctors as there are lots of steroid creams that can be used for a short period of time to clear the skin that can not be bought over the counter. Your daughter must be feeling very depressed. I really feel for her. Try and boost her self esteam with some pamper sessions or a new hair cut. If she was my daughter I would be going to the doctors regularly to try every thing on the market as acne can scar. The sooner you are treated the less scarring will occur.

Katie - posted on 04/13/2010

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Hi my name is Katie. I work at SouthWest Skin Specialist in Phx/Scottsdale,AZ. A dermatologist would be a great route. Only because they're so many different types of acne. You want to catch it and treat it before she scars from it. Birth control can help but she may need to be on an oral antibiotic or topical antibiotic or both depending upon how severe it really is. Some acne can become really bad where meds like accutane is suggested.It just depends. There are great products by Rx like clindamycin gel, differin,triaz wash clothes, Ziana, Duac,Retin A,Clenia wash and lotion. All are topicals . Orals like Solodyn are great also. Just keep in mind all Rx's can become very very costly if there is no insurance. My son responds so great to Solodyn but he has no insurance; cost w/o insurance is 688.99 or so for a 30day supply. Doctors are usaully good with samples and giving you the manufactur rebates; which help. If they don't have one go online to the drug's website; sometimes you have to print it out from there. Example: solodyne for patients with insurance can use their rebate: Final cost for a 688.99 med is now a $20 if not lower cost. There are also OTC products . Neutragena has some effective products. Their acne face wash is a good; it has salcylic acid in it. Just be patient and consistant with the regiment. And do not get discouraged. When it comes to acne "it will get worse before it gets better" Meaning: after seeing a derm they can starta plan of treatment but her acne may become worse: 1) your bringing it all up to the surface to rid the skin; 2) trial by error it may take the work of trying different products and option b4 finding the right one 4 her. Ok, this is a lot of info to take in. See a derm, I'm just a mom talking to another mom. I don't want you to take my words as medical advice doctor her and try to treat her acne. I would never want to be that careless. Good luck and I hope she finds some relief. Its so hard at her age; so much of it can be due hormonal changes,diet, skin sensitivites. Bye. :)

Crystal - posted on 04/12/2010

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Good ole fashioned water. Advise her to drink plenty of water throughout the day. I used this for both my daughters and and it worked wonders. The blood and pores need to be cleansed from the inside out. Even for myself, it shows on my face when I haven't drank enough water. Get a water bottle and let that be the only liquid consummed for two weeks and see if you notice a difference. Let me know.

Carrie - posted on 04/12/2010

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Take her to see her Dr. Some people need more than the over the counter stuff. I was allergic to everything over the counter.

Lezlie - posted on 04/09/2010

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I have suffered from acne since I was a pre-teen before my menstrual cycles started (I am now 38). It was the worst as a teen. I found watching my diet and going to an herbalist has been the biggest help. There are herbs that can be taken if the hormones are not in balance and for the external use there is a product that you can get called Tea Tree Oil. Since I started using this daily as an antiseptic wipe about 4 years ago the acne that I was experiencing on my face, arms, and body has become minimal and when I do have a breakout it is usually right before my period starts and instead of it being all over my face as it was before I now will only have one or two and as long as I continue to use the antiseptic wipe of Tea Tree Oil it clears within about 5 days and is only red looking for a couple of those. To make an antiseptic wipe take the oil at full strength and put about 20 drops into a glass container and 1 quart of sterile water. Cover and shake well to mix. Dip a cotton ball or square in squeeze out any excess. Use as a cleansing wipe after washing the affected area twice a day (you will need to mix well before each use). Tea Tree Oil does have a distinctive smell that you may have to get used to or you can add a little Lavender Oil or some other natural oil to help with the smell. The Tea Tree Oil mixture can also be used as an antiseptic for minor cuts, scrapes, and bruises. When mixed a little stronger it can be used to treat wring worm and fungal infections such as athletes’ foot. I wish you the best of luck with your child’s acne problem.

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My daughter was using topical and oral antibiotics for her and had an allergic reaction to the oral medication. Her hives were so severe that she could not stand up long enough to use her acne cleansing stuff for 3 days. We noticed that her acne cleared up some. I got her some baby wash clothes and she has since only washed her face with clear water. She used up the topical meds, but has not renewed that prescription. She also noted that exercising regularly helped. Now she's married and on the pill, that's been helpful as well.

Betsy - posted on 04/09/2010

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Acne is a confidence killer trust me. I have suffered with it since I was 13 and I'm now 36 with a 12 year old son. He does not help the acne a lot either. I find Mary Kat halpful but its more expensive than Proactive and it didn't help. Sorry to all the Mary Kay ladies. I would try the Proactive and if you watch there are infomercials on Sat. morning that can cut the cost in half. The best bet is the dermatologist. But I would try something from Neutrogena called Skin ID? If you go to there website she can take a quiz and they will give her a plan that is specific to her skin.

Shelley - posted on 04/09/2010

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Yes I know something that is quite sure to work. Pro-Activ Solution. A bit expensive but if used twice a day, properly will definitely help. I use it myself. Has your daughter tried this? If not please do, it is a great product.: ) Good luck!!!

Kerri - posted on 04/09/2010

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Take your daughter to a dermatologist. There are some great prescription products out there. If she has severe cystic acne, the sooner she is treated the better, because it can cause permanent scarring.

Nanette - posted on 04/09/2010

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I do know what works. It isn't a quick fix, (like drugs) because it is a natural product. My daughters tried it and are now clear as the Gerber Baby face. If you are interested in trying it, I can show you how to get some. (The cool thing is you can use it for 90 days and get a money-back guarantee if it doesn't work!!)
Have a great day
Nanette

Krista - posted on 04/09/2010

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it is so nice you are trying to help your daughter, it is a big issue to a teenage girl as i went through it and had very bad acne, i went and saw a dermatolgist and they helped me heaps.This is probaly a silly question but she is cleaning her face correctly using a wash, toner and scub once a week.my mother assumed i new to wash my face regularly but i did not and was not bought any products i dont know if you have avon were you are but i found there range for acne was great.

Tammy - posted on 04/09/2010

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Is she on a good skin care program? Mary Kay has this product blemish control toner and acne treatment gel that is great. also we a cleanser and moisturizer made for teenage skin, and these are not expensive. Let me know and I can help you out. Thanks Tammy

Vickie - posted on 04/09/2010

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Hi there,
i was reading your request about your daughter have you tried tumeric tabelets out of holland and barrets it does work.is she also very hormonal as this can also cause the face to break out if so another amazing remedy is angus catus tabs from holland & B as well i hope it works also get her to tone with Lush tonner it is fab any of the range expensive but trust me it is worth it.

Angie - posted on 04/08/2010

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I agree, a dermatologist is the way to go. We tried Proactive and it worked but it's CRAZY expensive. The doctor gave my son an antibiotic liquid he rubs on his face and it costs less than $2 a bottle. He washes his face with a Walmart brand face wash then puts on the medication. He rarely has a break out even during basketball or soccer season when he's sweats like a pig.

Kellean - posted on 04/08/2010

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It is worth paying for a Dermatologist. Going to your family doctor isn't good enough. A Dermatologist will know how to treat her acne. Trust me, it really helps boost their confidence if the right medicines are used. Using too many OTC meds for acne can actually make it worse. It can also damage the skin.

Laura - posted on 04/08/2010

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Colleen,



My daughter doesn't have acne, but have some friends that have used a product called Clear Advantage from Arbonne. Have you tried that yet? If not, let me know and I can give you information on where to get it.



Laura

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