any tips for a 12 yr boy old with acne?

Jane - posted on 09/25/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son has had a huge growth spirt over the last year, not only height (he is now taller than me) but all the usual body changes. He is coping really well with all the hormonal changes, but has now got a face full of spots. He has tried oxy balm for boys, clean and clear, and now clearasil twice a day but nothing seems to work. He eats healthily and is fit and well otherwise. The spots aren't infected or anything, just the usual teenage spots but I feel so sorry for him! Any ideas anyone?

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Tammy - posted on 09/26/2009

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quick tip for individual ones (not sure I would do it on my whole face but...) paste/not gel toothpaste.... brand isnt important but it is important that it be the paste, dab it on go to bed wash off in the morning zit should be gone or atleast less noticable. Hope it helps :)

Robyn - posted on 09/26/2009

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Try getting him to drink lots of water and change his pillowcase every couple of days. The items you have mentioned trying may not be helping as they will dry out the skin and make it produce more oil. Try one that is more naturally based and neutral in PH levels.

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Kathryn - posted on 09/30/2009

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hello - we have the same "problem" too - we have bought some witch hazel as suggested via a friend and works great - we use it twice a day as a cleanser and it reduces the irritation - good luck

Constance - posted on 09/26/2009

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Hi,

Drinking lots of water really does help. I'd also try changing the pillow case every night. My 14 year old daughter unconsciously picks at her face, so I make her put band-aids on the spots when she gets home. This has really helped, as her picking can make the spots last a week or more.

My older daughter wasn't a picker, so the water & pillow case-changing took care of most of it.

Cheers,

Constance
who also believes in going to the doctor and getting something topical.

Tara - posted on 09/26/2009

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What I used when I was a teenager was beta carotene supplements - just one a day, plus my standard washing routine and I had clear skin right into my 20's. I still get the occasional zit now (especially during my period or pregnancy) but they seem to clear up much faster with my standard washing routine now.

Jodi - posted on 09/26/2009

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My brother had bad acne as a teenager, and my mum told me that tea tree oil did the trick! I know it sounds a little nuts, be we were one day discussing the benefits of tea tree oil, and she said this helped my brother enormously (I had already moved out of home by then so I'd had no idea!!). My son is also 12 and we are waiting on that big testosterone surge, any moment now, and I will be trying that one.

Paula - posted on 09/26/2009

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PRO ACTIVE youll notice the difference in just a week. i swear by it, i to had bad acne as a tenn and my mum was my savyour when she introduced me to it



large shopping centres now have small pro active stalls or the other option is over the phone



good luck with it,

trust me he will be the happiest boy again after a month all his spots will be just about vanished

Jodi - posted on 09/26/2009

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My daughter had a tough time with acne also. We tried all the over the counter products, Proactive and the dermatologist prescribed medications. The over the counters didn't work and the prescription dryed her face out so bad it looked worse. We went to of all things, a Mary Kay party. Of course they have you cleanse your face, and then do the make-up, and at the end want to sell you everything. But at this point we were so desperate, acne can really play havoc on the self esteem, we purchased the skin cleanser, and LONG story short it works!! Everybody has different skin, and some things work better for one person than another, but we have been pleaseantly surprised and it is not to expensive. She then uses Cetaphyl moisture lotion.

Sharon - posted on 09/26/2009

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I say go to the doctor. if you think you can't afford a doctor try Proactive.



When I was a teen - I rarely got zits. But with my first pregnancy I turned into a true pizza face, it was horrible. That proactive stuff WORKED and it worked FAST.



When I was a teen my General Physician prescribed some stuff that got rid of individual zits fast (was getting ready for prom) but he said it couldn't be used long term.



anyway - now-a-days proactive is to pricey for me so I use the Walmart brand. I use the cleaning scurb like a mask while I'm in the shower and at the end of the shower I scrub it off with a soft washcloth.



I'm not in my 20s any more but I STILL get a zit here and there. I use the cleaning scrub like a treatment and put a little dab on the zit before I go to bed. It goes away within a day or two (a bad zit for me can last a week!)



I do the same for 14yr old son.



I use the Walmart brand but Proactive works faster & better.



Good luck!

Lois - posted on 09/26/2009

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Hi Jane: You may want to get advice from the pediatrician..several products are available at the prescription strength level that work well, stick with the topical creams at first, they should work. Benzaclyn is usually very effective. Sometimes young men get a positive reaction to switching to less abrasive products such as the Neutrogena acne facial bar, it is around $2 but it is free of a lot of the chemicals. The teenage years...so unpredictable!

Jane - posted on 09/25/2009

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yes it seems unfair that teenage girls can go on the pill to help their skin, but there's nothing out there for boys, except antibiotics -and I know my son's skin isn't bad enough for that, just so annoying and embarrassing for him! x

Maeve - posted on 09/25/2009

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Hi Jane. I have a 14 year old boy going through the same thing and the same motions with all the different lotions. We also havent found one that seems to make things any better. Might try the doctors next. lol

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