Pre-teen daughter with potential acne problem..start treating now or leave till something happens?


Jodi - posted on 10/09/2010




We are using just an over the counter acne control cleanser. It seems to do the trick. I can always tell when he hasn't used it for a couple of days because he breaks out.

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Clearasil worked well for me in the early teenage years and normal soap can be so harsh on the skin as it overdrys the skin too =]

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It depends what you mean by "treating". You could start buying her a cleansing facial wash/scrub to prevent spots/treat spots. I had proper acne when I was about 14 and required cream from the doctor which one of the ingredients was was horrible to use and basically burnt the first couple of layers of worked though but this isn't what your daughter need slol!

Jodi - posted on 10/09/2010




My son started showing signs of acne at around the age of 11. That's when I bought him some cleanser and started showing him how to clean his face with it before his shower each day. He is now 13, and I've also taught him to use it in the mornings before school. He is a sweaty kid, and plays a bit of sport, so I felt it was important for him to make sure he cleaned his skin well to prevent acne. He still gets some pimples, but it isn't too bad. I don't know whether that is because he is genetically blessed (I didn't have an acne problem as a teen) or whether it is a combination of that and the cleansing. But it can't hurt to start them on a cleansing routine.

Kim - posted on 10/09/2010




What do you mean potential acne? Is she starting to have some acne but not a lot? My son is 10 and he breaks out whenever he is outside playing. I have to remind him to wash his face daily. If she has break outs at specific times then I would just get out some over the counter acne products, but it continues to be a problem then have her see a dermatologist.


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Charlie - posted on 10/10/2010




I wouldnt leave it , they could cause scarring and major embaressment .

I use proactive and it works amazing ! in fact its the only thing that has worked for me :D

Kathy - posted on 10/09/2010




I had BAD BAD acne when I was a teenager, some of the otc acne treatments made it worse, I ended up going through a few different prescribed treatments before I was put on acutane... I'd say start now and try and avoid that happening, it may be off the market by now, but the side effects list was very scary, and they were then about $100/month at a minimum of 4 months. I use clean and clear now and it keeps it under control. If she starts having issues later on her back or anything nutrgena (I think) makes a acne body wash as well

Jerosha - posted on 10/09/2010




mayb if you buy the Clearasil or other facial cleanser she may be more inclined to follow a skin care routine. Additionally enlist some peer presure if you know of any of her girlfriends that are also using a routine talk to them about it with your daughter so that she knows that it is part of being a women.

User - posted on 10/09/2010




Yeah, she is starting to get spots/pimples. I am constantly on her case about washing her face. I can literally see the difference between when she has and hasn't washed it. I never had a problem with spots as a teenager and I will admit that I didn't wash my face as often as I should have! Just wondering if Clearasil and those other over the counter products are worth buying or should I just keep hounding her about washing her face? She's a very healthy child, no weight problems and eats really well. Want her to have happy teenage years!!

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