suggestons for bad acne - 10 yr old daughter

Patty - posted on 06/15/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 10 and her face has gotten extremely broken out lately. She feels very self conscious about it. None of the other kids in her grade have pimples like this, it is all over her cheeks and forehead. I have triplets and the other two have no pimples at all. She washes it well every morning and night, and has acne cream from dermatologist but it is not helping. It's red and blotchy because she is fairly pale. Poor thing! Any suggestions??? (she is not going to wear makeup as coverup)

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Michelle - posted on 06/18/2010

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try to encourage her to drink plenty of water (about 2 litres a day) as it flushes the system out of acids, etc that cause spots. I cant say it will definately work but it certainly made a huge difference to my skin. Also, try to steer clear of high acid and fatty foods for a while. I've found that changes in diet when you have a problem make an enormous difference. Good luck to her.

Norma - posted on 09/17/2012

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My daughter had acne, similar to your daughter's condition, during and after puberty and finally as an adult she found out that she was allergic to certain foods. She stays away from wheat, dairy, fats, sugars and eats mainly a 2/3rds plate of veggies and 1/3rd of proteins and carbs. Her skin looks flawless now. If she really wants beautiful skin she has to be disciplined with her eating habits. It worked for my daughter.

Rebecca - posted on 06/20/2010

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i used proactive and it made my face so much worse .. my aunty uses a vitamin e tables and that works fo her.. i use a docters perscribed tablet that is a antibiotic that works from under the skin and it works great but i cant miss a day .. the only problem is that they only put people on it for 3 mnths at a time as then dont know what the side affects will be im lucky and havent had anything go wrong so i get to stay on them they tried me on a gel too and it was suppost to go worse for 3 weeks then get better but it didnt lol that was horrible .. the other thing i found working was clearasil wipes at first the sting heaps as its cleaning the skin and killing all the germys then it goes away takes a week or 2 for it to work properly and the other down side is it bleaches hair lol so i have blond around the outside of my face but i like it anyway i just have to tint my eyebrows everynow and then ..andother thing that is good is a soap called gamophen works on everything! try a site called platypus dreams handmade soap theres a soap with neem in it which i have just brought and am hopeing it is good as i have not recieved it yet

JuLeah - posted on 06/15/2010

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hormone levels have an impact on this too. I was told to stop eating all but organic meat, milk, cheese. The hormones they feed the animals to make them grow faster also make our kids grow faster and can really mess them up.

Drink a lot of water, make sure she does not eat sugar, chemicals, dyes ..... diet is a huge factor, but many westren docs don't a lot about this - my doctor, who made a point of obtaining additional education on this topic, said they had just one class in medical school ....

Rosie - posted on 06/19/2010

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i've suffered from horrible acne since the 5th grade and my mom took me to the dermatologist. i was prescribed retin-a. it didn't work, nothing over the counter worked very well. phisoderm worked well for me until it was time for my period and then it would be horrible for 2 weeks. i started proactiv and i love it. it really does work. it made my skin dry after about a week, but i got some good mousturizer that they sell as well, and i'm telling you it really works well!

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Sue Ann - posted on 09/17/2012

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My daughter has it too and it scares me. She is dark skinned and is starting to develop everything else including pimples. I have a very clear skin so I don't get it why. Must be her dad's gene. Argh. Poor child I will try to try to non evasive treatment and change her diet first and encourage her to drink extra fluid. It's hot anyways and new environment. I would not like a pretty face to be demolished by pimples. Thanks for the comments. Extremely appreciate it.

Abbie - posted on 06/20/2010

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Look at www.qvc.com and go to health and beauty tab I think, and check out philosphy, its cheap there then philosphy.com. they have a wide array of phace washes that are very gentle yet very good. I use the mircoderm abrasion and the basic face wash stuff, but I would check it out to see what is recommended for teenagers. Also all their stuff lacks "soap" that stuff tha tmakes you feel really dryed out. also are you sure its acne? I would go for a 2nd opinion from another derm.

Charlie - posted on 06/18/2010

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The only thing that worked for me was proactive , my face was so clear !!
you can also talk to the doctor about going on the pill to control hormones that cause acne .

Liz - posted on 06/17/2010

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Phisoderm.

It's $4 at drugstore.com right now.
http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.a...

I love this stuff. I found it in walmart a few years ago. No medicines will help my skin, but this stuff does. And it's really gentle. My almost 5 year old used it once by accident and it didn't bother his skin at all.

Charlotte - posted on 06/17/2010

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I had terrible acne that started when I was about your daughter's age; my sister never had it; one of my daughters had it, one did not. Some people respond to topical over the counter products, some do not. When I was 18 I was put on birth control pills and it finally ended...so I tried (like you) to find help for my daughter early...in her case, Accutane worked...but I understand the reluctance of doctors to prescribe it...it's very possible that it's hormones and she is entering puberty earlier than her siblings. Please push your doctors to help her...if you're not seeing a specialist, insist on it...I can tell you that a serious case of acne (I'm not talking about a few pimples here and there) will not only scar the body, but scars the psyche as well. Good luck.

Rae - posted on 06/17/2010

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I reccomend A line carried by Shoppers drugmart.It is called Effaclar, by La Roche-Posay. It works wounders! I had acne out of control and I used this product it is amazing and not as harsh as some products such as ProActive (Bleach is used in that product).It asls has a great smell to it and dosent irratate any pimples that are already on the surface!!! I have thrown out so many creams and such that don't do anythin but make it worse!!!! Best of Luck!!!!

Lyndsay - posted on 06/17/2010

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When I was going through puberty I had bad acne on my face and back, it was really gross. There are some birth control pills that list clearer skin as one of their benefits, but that never worked for me. My doctor prescribed me a low-dose of an anti-biotic (erythromycin) that worked very well. Personally, I've never had any success with any facial cleansers... including Pro-Active, which people rave about.

Sharon - posted on 06/17/2010

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Poor kid. I got hideous acne in my 20s. I tried two creams from my dermatologist and they worked 'ok'. I was convinced that if their creams and later pills didn't work, then nothing would.

My mother is a freak about buying every new thing that comes out. Most of the time they don't work. But out of desperation and being low on funds I tried the proactive stuff she got for me.

It worked. I quit using the stuff my dermatologist gave me and stayed with proactive for the next few years.

I hope you find a solution soon.

DeeDee - posted on 06/15/2010

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My acne was horrible at her age and I have soap allergies. My dermatoligist recommended an oatmeal based soap like Aveeno and then after washing pat dry and get an Aloe vera plant/gel. Applied best at night. The aloe vera does not get washed off til morning.

Patty - posted on 06/15/2010

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Is is called Clindoxyl that she has from a dermatologist. She has been allergy tested and has several food allergies but not soap products. Guess we'll go back to dermatologist again as it's been a couple years, she started to get a few pimples at 9 but now at almost 11 it is quite bad.

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Her skin might be very sensitive to perfumed soaps. My daughter is 8 and she can't use any soap, laundry soap or shampoo that has perfume in it or she gets what looks like little pimples on her face and her back, It's terrible. your daughter may have sensitive skin or allergies to certain beauty products or foods. I agree that you should take her to a dermatologist, maybe have her allergy tested.

Tania - posted on 06/15/2010

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My 13 yr old son has bad acne too. I get him to drink lots of water and I give him a clean pillow case every night. I also found a cream that finally works for him. It was a sample from his ped. Its called Benza Clin. He puts it on at night because it is a bit thick and washes it off in the morning.

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