How can I get my sons acne to go away

Tanya - posted on 05/19/2010 ( 112 moms have responded )

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My 13 year old has had alot of acne and I just dont know what to do. He is very embarrest.

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Mindy - posted on 05/19/2010

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NO Kidding I am not lying do this . Dove soap ( the bar ) and a lemon . Have him wash his face w/ the soap really good . Cut the lemon in half and rub it all over his face where there is acne. I have a friend who was a model and she said the modeling agencies would tell them to do this . It will work w/ in days ! My son's acne was pretty bad and he did this w/ in a week it was cleared up . The soap cleans the skin , its an antibacterial soap , the lemon dries out the acne so it will not come back ! It works and its CHEAP !

Michelle - posted on 01/24/2013

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My son is 17 yrs old and began experiencing severe acne about 1 year ago. I purchased a product called perfect skin from the health food store and it has significantly improved. Its an all natural tablet, made up of fish oils, zinc, and some other products. Within 2 weeks his acne began to clear.

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Okay so to anyone who wonders what to do for acne on teens that won't go away. it's horomones. It's probably going to be there until their twenties no matter what they do. BUT, if they wash their faces, moisterize with mineral free for oily to combination skin, use medication (but switch between sylic acid and something else because their bodies will build up a tolerance. Lastly, stop eating sugar. It's bad for anyone, suppresses the immune system and causes acne. I dare any of you who have acne or children with acne to make them go off sugar or drastically reduce it for a month and see the acne clear up more than ever before.

Kathy - posted on 11/15/2012

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I tried the lemon juice method and it worked for me. Here is the method:

You can wash you face with warm water and soap, apply lemon juice and leave it overnight. In the morning rinse your face with warm water, then rinse again this time with cold water to close the pores in order to prevent it from being clogged. I hope it helps, also you can find more helpful tips if you search on youtube, wiki or books, here is site they have an amazing book about getting rid off acne. http://www.holistic-acne-remedy.com

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Carla Franco - posted on 02/04/2014

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Hi my son is 12. And he is starting to get zits between is eyebrows and his nose :(
I want him to have a beautifully skin.
What's the best for those zits to go away :(

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My heart is breaking for my son, he is only in the 7th grade, we have tried Pro Active,
antibiotics for 3 months and defferin. Now the dermotologist has him using retnia at night and acanya in the morning. It just keeps getting worse. He does not drink soda or juice, and he eats fruits and vegetables.
Im willing to try anything. I wonder too, how well he is really washing his face. He is using cythaphil. nothing seems to work. He is already on the shy side and having a hard time adjusting in school. I don't want other kids making fun of him.
The dermo keeps saying it will get worse before it gets better, but when is it going to get better???
Any suggestions? I am thinking about taking him for an acne facial but I know that he will not want to, he wont let me or the dermotologist touch him. How do I know where to take him for one?

I read about the honey and cinnamon ? Any thoughts on that ?

Carolyn - posted on 10/14/2013

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The first thing you need him to do is stop touching or picking his face as this spreads the bacteria. He needs to wash with a natural product like 808 Dude Zit Free Face Wash that won't disturb the balance of his skin and has a great success rate with teen boys. www.808dude.com

Also what I do with my son in an emergency when he is going out (14 yrs old) is wipe his face with mentholated spirits. The alcohol kills bacteria immediately and dries up the pimple in hours.

And if he has creators use a medical grade hone such as medihoney by comvita NZ.This works miracles.

Good luck as it really does dint their self esteem.

Sonya - posted on 10/08/2013

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Most of the time the mother is more concerned about the acne that he is. If he doesn't care, he won't do the treatment.

If he does care, try a dermatologist---they can do a lot to help not only the acne but their self confidence. It won't go away immediately, but sometimes knowing help is on the way, can give hope to hang on until the treatment works.

Lorna - posted on 07/08/2013

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lessen his sugar intake. if he has that puss kind of bump is because when he takes in the sugar it weakens the skin and your face is very sensitive it breaks out easily, give him some blood purging herb tea to purge his blood.

Fawn - posted on 01/27/2013

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clinique acne solutions skincare line works wonders. It is a 3 step system that has the foam cleanser,exfoliator, and moisturizer. It's about $40 for a one month supply and you can buy it at Macy's or Elder Beerman. My teenagers use this and it is GREAT!

Judy - posted on 01/24/2013

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Neutrogena acne cleanser & Acne control lotion works great for my 16 year old son. He first used proactive, which worked, but he stopped using it because it was too much work. He prefers the simplicity of the neutrogena line.

Missy - posted on 07/23/2012

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my son went through sever acne after years of treatment of ointments and antibiotics and washes and different dermatoligist and after lots and lots of research i found a great dermalosit who we trust and my son feels comfortable with she put him on accutane which can have so many side effects she was very on top on her game and tested him several times his acne has improved alot and he looks great but i do advise to find a good dr cause u will have lots of questions

Christine - posted on 07/22/2012

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Get him on actutane. I tell you I used all the other products you name it I problably used it. Actutane works from the inside out. It is a form of vitiamin A. One can not drink or be in the sun too much while on it. Usually you are on it for a month to three depending on your ance stage. I have had three friends whose parents put them on it when they were teenagers and they have beauitful skin. My mom did not and I had to wait until I was old enough to do it myself and as a result I had terrible skin was embarassed and had scars to fix. Do it now don't put your child through that. I have two daughters 5 and 7 and if they have this problem I won't hesitate. This coming from a mom who rarely will let her daughters have a script for antiboiotics.

Christine - posted on 07/22/2012

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Soda and what you eat have nothing to do with the ance. I ate and still do great foods,

Christine - posted on 07/22/2012

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Go to dermatologist and get on actutane. I had bad ance and my mom waited. She let the doctors talk her into all the creams and this and that and what I ended up with is ance and a bunch of meds that barely helped and at the time a damaged self esteem. Finally, when I was old enought myself I went and told them to do something now or I was going to the plastic suregon. Drastic I know but they put me on the actutane and in 1 month I was clear in 6 months my skin was perfect. Have never had a problem since. However, I did have to have some work done to fix the scarring that could have been avoided.

Gail - posted on 07/21/2012

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Hi Tanya, I have a 14 year old son who has acne really bad, and we took him to the doctor, he gave us a prescription for Cephalexin, and he told us to get a over the counter cream in the natural/organic section of our local Fred Meyer's store called Yam lotion, we haven't tried that yet, he also said to wash face with a baby shampoo using warm water, then rinse with cold, the warm water opens the pores, and you need to put the coldest water possible on face to rinse off cleaner and close the pores back up, so bacteria doesn't get into pores. We are starting the process today, I hope this helps your child as well.

Cory - posted on 08/24/2011

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I would say to adjust his cleansing routine but, keep it simple for him. Tea Tree Oil soap will help him cleanse his face.. There's a PAUL MITCHELL product in the TEA TREE line called Hair/Body condtioner/lotion. Available on Amazon.com & at the SPORT CLIPS salon it's AWESOME & easy to apply.. Non oily & can be used all over the body! I also use witch hazel on my face if I get a blemish..

Good Luck

Paige - posted on 08/20/2011

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I use and sell Rodan and Fields and their unblemished line is fabulous it cleared up mu daughters skin within a week and they also are the Doctors who created Proactiv so if you would like more info I'd be willing to talk with you.

Vickie - posted on 02/11/2011

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Check out Canada Drug online. As long as you do not have insurance to cover prescription meds, if they have what the dr prescribed, you can get it much cheaper from them.

Blossom - posted on 02/10/2011

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My daughter had the same problem, i tried everything, then one day a marykay representive told me about blemish control toner formula 3. her acne was cleared up in a month. just have to have him wash his face after it clears up.

Vickie - posted on 02/08/2011

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If a dermatologist is out, turn to your family dr. Your son may need prescription acne cream or ointment. Neutrogena has some excellent acne products that are affordable. Also, OxyClean Medicated Pads are good too & they also come in Sensitive Skin.

Michelle - posted on 02/04/2011

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My 13 year old is suffering from acne as well. Find a good dermatologist, he should keep his face clean, drink plenty of water and don't pick at his blemishes. Diet, doctor and hygiene are key. Good Luck

Jane - posted on 01/31/2011

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There are so many things out there that it's hard to know. What works for one may not work for another. I would seek a dermatologists help and see what they suggest for him. I had a lot of acne as a teen (I'm 51 now) and what worked for me was an astringent. I still have a tendency to get a pimple or two so what I use is Lever Antibacterial soap on my fact and believe it or not, it works wonders. My kids use it as well and it keeps there acne to a miminum except when my daughter has her period...then she breaks out a little.

Kimberly - posted on 01/26/2011

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correct you should NEVER scrub ance ance face it causes more acne! And Yes tea tree oil is fab... Kay Lee M.D,

Angela - posted on 06/21/2010

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The Epiduo does work. My sons dermatologist gave us samples for when he had very little breakouts and this summer he has started to really breakout so we tried this week and it has dried them up and his face has cleared up significantly....I'd ask for samples to make sure this product works for your child.

Missy - posted on 06/19/2010

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acne comes in 4 stages 1-4 and 4 being the worst he actually has acne cysts which is painful the doctors told me it is his hormones that is kicking his butt the acne is from hormones and heredity not food or uncleaniness cause he showers everyday proactive i found was a joke. that is more for people who have mild acne he is now on a antibactic and epiduo i have seen a difference on certain pars of his body i realize that this may be years before it clears up we have to accept it is what is is for now when his face swells i give him, ibrophen from

Tricia - posted on 06/15/2010

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With each of my kids I have found different products work best with them. So each as there own.
As long as they use it, it works ... otherwise they end up with a face full of zits!
Good luck on finding something that works

Kelly - posted on 06/13/2010

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Hi, I and my daughter use a product off of HSN called Serious Skin Care. In there acne line is a product called Dry-Lo. This product does work for us if I feel a zit coming on I put it on that night. It also cleared up all her active pimples. Within 48hrs her skin was pimple free :)

Natasha - posted on 06/12/2010

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i also have this issue my teenager acne has worsen and I could understand why, but later i found out that they where drinking sodas at school, so maybe you can tell him to let go some of the things he eat or drink, also you make have to try prescribtion medication

Karleen - posted on 06/10/2010

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when my husband was young, his sister got him to scrub his face when he was in the shower. you could use one of those glove scrubbers if that doesn't work use something thats harsher. it will most probably make his face bleed but it will get batter and he has not scares on his face.

Melissa - posted on 06/03/2010

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The only thing that has helped my son is antibiotics. They had also gave me prescription for an acne creme but I couldn't get it it was over $200 and have no prescription coverage. Original Lava soap we have also just started using and it seems to be helping. Hope something helps.

Maria - posted on 06/03/2010

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First thing to try is topical medication. Make sure he washes his face but not scrubbing and not too much - just once a day. Then have him use benzoyl peroxide twice daily - its over the counter. Also remind him not to touch his face and cut his hair off so it does not touch the forehead if he will let you .If he has large, scarring pimples, take him to the doctor right away. If the topical doesn't work, take him to the doctor. You should notice a difference within a month or so if it is going to work. The topical meds and oral meds from the doctor may take 8 weeks to work so don't delay too long if you think thats what he needs.

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Dermatologist and aesthetician. My son started getting acne and a few yrs later I realized it was getting worse and was not going to go away. A few months of MD treatment and it looks better.

Cara - posted on 06/02/2010

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I have a really good answer for you. After trying tons of over the counter products that don't work, buying expensive acne products online, we have gone to the Doctor and we are now using: Sulfacetamide Sodium Topical Suspension USP 10percent. It only costs $15 and its a clear liquid you put all over your face once in the morning and once at night. It doesn't sting or smell bad and the acne is TOTALLY gone. Call your dermatoligist and ask for this product. It's great!!

Elizabeth - posted on 06/02/2010

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Pantothenic Acid B5 as a supplement does help. My 14 year old takes 1000 mg a day.

Mendy - posted on 06/02/2010

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ProActive is truly a blessing! But, if the price of Proactive is not something you want to tackle right now then make sure your teen washes face every morning and night with a over-the-counter dermatologist recommended face soap i.e. Cetaphil and use treatment wipes with Salicylic acid in them after washing face at night. Only use the wipes once daily. The wipes will also help fade darkened spots on the skin. You can find all of this over the counter. I use the Neutragena Rapid Clear Treatment Pads for my salycylic acid wipes. Hope this helps.

Susan - posted on 06/02/2010

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I have great testimonial regarding Arbonne's clear advantage line! Its pure, and safe and non of that harsh ingrediants as some of those on TV! Acne needs to be treated and cleared not controlled. Arbonne's seasourse line will detox his skin in the shower as well and clear it up on his body! You can find Arbonne all over the web. Or contact me. Really it works and its pure!!!

Debbie - posted on 06/02/2010

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Tanya, I do have information that might help your son. send me your e-mail and I will forward it to you.....Debbie
kennedyfamily1@rogers.com

Janet - posted on 06/02/2010

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as i said natty uses acne free which is cheaper than pro active as we just can't afford their high prices and this works really well. his face hasn't broken out since he started using it, unless he doesn't bother like the past 3 days and his forehead is breaking out. i pointed it out and he says it's a waste of time and i said if you want a clean presentable face, then you can't stop just because it's cleared up, you have to keep on with it.

Jennifer - posted on 06/02/2010

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Wow...the lemon juice and Dove soap thing is awesome! My daughter's back is breaking out, thanks for sharing!

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After a weekend of camping, not cleaning his skin and eating junk food my 13 year old son had the worst breakout. His skin was a mess. I took to my facialist and he had a pretty brutal facial but he forgave me. He even agreed to go back. Anyway she extracted a ton of stuff and told him to stay away from whole milk, the lower the fat % the better and to drink more water. She also said organic was better than the generic stuff due to hormones and antibiotics that are used on the cows. Take a multi-vitamin and avoid junk food. I know he's an adolescent and his hormones are contributing to the inflammation but she's right that all these other factors intensify the acne. She also recommended honey and also yogurt, not at the same time. a mask of each. I think with my son, getting him to use the tea tree soap and creams I have bought in the past is the biggest challenge. He doesn't want to do what I say regarding hygiene so that's why I thought the facialist would have more sway with him. See, Mom's not that dumb. The skin is an organ even though it's skin and it's showing that there is imbalance in the body when it's covered in sores. I think using toxic meds with dangerous side effects and antibiotics should be a last resort if considered at all. Try more natural remedies to bring balance to the whole body and the skin will be more balanced as well. Of course a worsening bacterial infection must be treated with antibiotics when it severe and spreading and not improving, but overuse of antibiotics, especially orally, leads to all kinds of imbalances in our natural flora/yeast balance not to mention how it contributes to the super bugs like MRSA that have adapted to survive. Bacteria learn how to survive these antibiotics when they are over used and this is very dangerous in the long run. I think we as parents can be teaching that we can find healthy solutions to health issues that don't always involve running to a drug or doctor who just prescribes them.

Montika - posted on 06/02/2010

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To be honest, as a parent, "bite the bullet and take him to a dermatologist. . . he could have food allergies . . . they will test his skin and give him the creams and medicine for his acne. The one thing to remember the recovery to good skin will get WORSE and then it will get better with the treatments the Dr. gives him.

Michelle - posted on 06/02/2010

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I had this problem personally until I went to the dermatologist who recommended PURPOSE soap along with antibiotics. The soap by itself worked wonders as nothing else had worked for me from a teenager to my 30's. I now give it to both my teenage sons and their skin is virtually acne free. We also use Tea Tree oil diluted with water..it can make a difference in the appearance of the skin over night! Make sure you start out with more water than oil as it is very potent until you find the mix that works well for you guys. You can find it at your local health food store. Good Luck!

Nikki - posted on 06/02/2010

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proactive didnt work for my children it really depends on your childs face. A dermatologist would know best or you can even take him to a local spa that does facials and get him an acne facial. What causes the breakouts mostly is the dead skin that clog his pores. Most think it is the oils which isnt true. the more oil is on your childs face is because it is being washed too much and his skin is drying out. One thing any dermatologist is going to tell you is that he needs a scrub thats going to remove the dead skin. It doesnt have to be the sandy like scrub but it has to have glycolic acid in it. and after he has washed his face he needs a good oil free moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15. I delt with this with my child and taking him to the doctors and the oral meds didnt work but the facials did. He went a few times and we now just buy the products that she used and they are not expensive. Hope this helps

Janet - posted on 06/02/2010

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hi!
i've had my 16 year old son on a regimen of washing his face twice a day, plus using a program which i bought at wal mart for only $19.99 which really works and keeps his face dried out. he doesn't sometimes use it everyday, but when he does skip it he finds out he pays as his face starts to break out again! it's worked and his face is clear and nice looking again! it started when he hit 151/2 or when he entered 10th grade this past fall! i found this program so much more cost effective and it does work! it's a 3 step system and there's days when he hates it as it sometimes takes to much time he says, but i ignore that. we live with my parents and my dad who's up early like me well before nat is and makes sure he does things when i've left for work at 6:30 as he doesn't get the bus till 6;50. it's called acnefree.

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My 12 year old had terrible acne and I'd ask him..."Are you washing your face?" His reply "YES!!!" Well...I had to practically wrestle him to the ground, but I gave him a facial! I had to lather up the wash cloth and show him how to wash his face! We use Dove soap and then he uses Oxy Spot Treatment-from drug store-and his face really cleared up. I still have to fuss at him about keeping his face clean...he's all boy!

Susiemira - posted on 05/31/2010

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He have to keep the face clean and use pimple serum to allow it to heal. My friend's daughter use it and now her problem was controlled...

Donna - posted on 05/30/2010

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For immediate help for breakouts,I use a Zap It stick from Melaleuca. They have a tea tree oil system for acne that works as well if not better than Proactive and is less costly. The Accutane they prescribed for my son had serious side effects and I do NOT recommend it for anyone! Call me if you need more help about this. I have years of experience. I never tried the lemon however, but I will try it soon. 218-343-0984.

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As a nutritional consultant and a holistic health practitioner. I would recommend starting with his diet and his digestion. This is very common at that age the hormonal changes are most likely the root cause. These changes cause the sebaceous glands to produce too such sebum, which blocks up the skin pores and causes them to get infected. A diet high in saturated fat or fried foods also make pores more likely to get blocked. Does he take a multi vitamin? If he does not you should consider getting him one. This will help him keep in balance. I can recommend a high quality nutraceutical. I do carry this line. I you are interested in knowing more, you can contact me.
As far as diet, I would advise lots of water and sulfur rich foods. Avoid sugar, fried, and high fat foods. He should eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Dixie - posted on 05/29/2010

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I started using a product called Norwex about one year ago and was so impressed with it that I started both of my teenage sons on it. The concept is simple it is a microfiber cloth that has silver weaved into the cloth which is more antibacterial than bleach. The only thing you do is wash your face w/ the cloth and water. It really works but you have to be very faithful to doing it, especially the teens, because they have strong hormonal issues going on. If you want to check it out go to their website norwex.ca

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