Mild Acne on face, chest and shoulders/back

Laura - posted on 01/01/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Hi all, my 13 year old daughter has developed acne within the last year (after starting her period) and is now very self conscious about breakouts on her chest and shoulders/back. She's always been very modest in her style of dress, but now is much more so because of this. We have tried to treat with face washes and lotions etc made for teenage acne, but nothing seems to work. I'm sure a lot of it is stress-related (school, friends, etc.), but other than taking her to a dermatologist, I'm not sure what to do next. Any ideas that we can try before making an appointment? Thank you!

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I just heard a talk from a skin care expert on acne. She said that there are 4 causes of acne-bad exfoliation, too much oil, bacteria and inflammation.  When looking for products to use, you need to know what active ingredients work on which causes.  Most products out there work on one or two of the causes and that's why they may work for some and not for others. 



For example, the proactive cleanser has benzoyl peroxide which kills bacteria and the toner has glycolic acid which exfoliates only the surface (you need salycylic acid to exfoliate below the surface). It also has witch hazel which is a skin irritant.  The proactive repairing lotion has benzoyl peroxide which again kills the bacteria.  If the acne is due to bacteria, proactive works, if not, it won't work. I have this type of information about a few other products if you're interested.



In addition, most products have parabens which have been linked to breast cancer in studies.  Personally, I won't use anything that has parabens and neither will my daughter now that she knows that.



Your skin health is a function of what you put in your body as well as what you put on your skin.  Take a look at whether your daughter is getting enough fiber, essential fatty acids and micronutrients.  That could contribute to the problem as well.



Hope this helps.

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I just heard a talk from a skin care expert on acne. She said that there are 4 causes of acne-bad exfoliation, too much oil, bacteria and inflammation.  When looking for products to use, you need to know what active ingredients work on which causes.  Most products out there work on one or two of the causes and that's why they may work for some and not for others. 



For example, the proactive cleanser has benzoyl peroxide which kills bacteria and the toner has glycolic acid which exfoliates only the surface (you need salycylic acid to exfoliate below the surface). It also has witch hazel which is a skin irritant.  The proactive repairing lotion has benzoyl peroxide which again kills the bacteria.  If the acne is due to bacteria, proactive works, if not, it won't work. I have this type of information about a few other products if you're interested.



In addition, most products have parabens which have been linked to breast cancer in studies.  Personally, I won't use anything that has parabens and neither will my daughter now that she knows that.



Your skin health is a function of what you put in your body as well as what you put on your skin.  Take a look at whether your daughter is getting enough fiber, essential fatty acids and micronutrients.  That could contribute to the problem as well.



Hope this helps.

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I just heard a talk from a skin care expert on acne. She said that there are 4 causes of acne-bad exfoliation, too much oil, bacteria and inflammation.  When looking for products to use, you need to know what active ingredients work on which causes.  Most products out there work on one or two of the causes and that's why they may work for some and not for others. 



For example, the proactive cleanser has benzoyl peroxide which kills bacteria and the toner has glycolic acid which exfoliates only the surface (you need salycylic acid to exfoliate below the surface). It also has witch hazel which is a skin irritant.  The proactive repairing lotion has benzoyl peroxide which again kills the bacteria.  If the acne is due to bacteria, proactive works, if not, it won't work. I have this type of information about a few other products if you're interested.



In addition, most products have parabens which have been linked to breast cancer in studies.  Personally, I won't use anything that has parabens and neither will my daughter now that she knows that.



Your skin health is a function of what you put in your body as well as what you put on your skin.  Take a look at whether your daughter is getting enough fiber, essential fatty acids and micronutrients.  That could contribute to the problem as well.



Hope this helps.

Sandy - posted on 01/08/2009

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Hi Laura - my daughter is having some of the same issues (she'll be 13 in April).  She's not shown a lot of interest in trying some of the body washes, face scrubs, etc. but I found some "recipes" on line, and she's helped me make them and seems more willing to try something new that way.  Just a thought that might help.

Laura - posted on 01/06/2009

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Thanks, Susan.  All are great ideas that we'll try.  I love the oatmeal treatments for many reasons.  I hope your daughter has success with hers, as well.

Susan - posted on 01/06/2009

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My daughter has had the same problem, she also developed a bad habit of picking at her acne which has caused some scaring, We have also taken her to doctors and all say the same use different acne products, but not all work the same, I buy a body wash for acne to help with the acne on her back and shoulders and using astringents on her face and facial cleansers work but if you would like a more natural remedy oatmeal as a facial mask is great. It helps to heal the acne and makes your face feel smooth. and you can use it everyday but it can be messy I actually grind it up into a powder to make it easier. you only need about a teaspoon and some warm water to mix it and just smooth over her face you could use it on her back and shoulders just make sure to take a shower to get it off. apparently tea tree oil is good for treating acne as well just dab on the acne.  I hope this will help 



 



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