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hope this is ok,asking on here. :) my daughter has a problem with this and despite using various antibiotics,over several months the doctor has tried her on lots, and sent her to a dermatologist,i… Read More
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7y, 1m agoPosted 7 years, 1 month ago
hope this is ok,asking on here. :)

my daughter has a problem with this and despite using various antibiotics,over several months the doctor has tried her on lots, and sent her to a dermatologist,it has not got any better can anyone recommend anything they used that was successful,thanks.
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7y, 1m agoPosted 7 years, 1 month ago
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#1
drink plenty of water, take vitamins, worked wonders for me
#2
i dont know if it will be any help but my friend suffered badly with eczema and a friend gave her an aloe vera plant and when she snaped the leaf in half and used the juice from it on her eczema it cleared up really well, not sure if it will work with acne but its a skin complaint so might be worth a try.
#3
Tea tree is supposed to be very good - I use it on the odd spot but not sure how effective it would be on acne (or how safe).
I did however suffer badly from post pregnancy acne - really bad and the only thing that worked was Roaccutane but it is very strong and has major warnings with it.
#4
How old is she? Apparently the pill sometimes clears it.
#5
There's only one word here - roaccutane (sp?).
Within 3 months I was acne free. It works by stoping certain glands producing oils in short.
It changed my life when I was 16, I know only too well what impact bad acne can have on teenagers.
I wish your daughter luck :-)
#6
I had acne till I fell pregnant with my 1st child at age 19. A few things did help but have side effects. Quinoderm cream,works well but really dries out the skin.
Dianette contraceptive pill,again not ideal for alll teenage girls,I used it as was wanting protection against pregnancy aswell as get shift of acne,only went on it for about 15mths or so.
#9
Now this might sound a bit out there, but I suffered from acne as a teen and had tried everything from my GP, finally in desperation I took a course of chinese herbal medicine from a place such as this in my local high street http://www.chinesemedicalcentre.co.uk/

It worked so well, I actually had strangers coming up to me in college asking how I had cleared my skin up, which was mortifying as you can imagine but proved it had worked and it wasn't just in my mind!
#10
have they tried her on roaccutane??
#11
when i was younger i used quinoderm,think most chemist sell it, my mum used to get it from boots chemist for me and it was fab. :thumbsup:
#12
I agree with the people saying that the pill can work, Yasmin is the name of one which has done wonders for some of my friends' skin, it's fantastic seeing them not only in less discomfort but with more confidence.
#13
Careful with roaccutane, I have experienced nose bleeds for the rest of my life (even after having my nose cauterized) since using it for one course when I was 17. It also changed my oily skin to a dry and sensitive skin. It will clear it up well but IMO should only be used after all other available treatments have been exhausted. Many people respond well to less aggressive treatments.

I thought they stopped roaccutane after it caused some people to become depressed and commit suicide?
#14
richard0000
There's only one word here - roaccutane (sp?).
Within 3 months I was acne free. It works by stoping certain glands producing oils in short.
It changed my life when I was 16, I know only too well what impact bad acne can have on teenagers.
I wish your daughter luck :-)


I used this aswell, and I swear within a matter of hours of taking the first pill i noticed a difference. It was like a total miracle drug for me. For years I had tried everything the doctor could give me and wasted a shed load of money on face washes and creams and nothing worked or even helped. The sheer amount of lotions and potions I put on my skin in my teen years you could class and skin abuse. I hated having spots and would of given my right arm to get rid of them.

Acne can leave scars so its best to get it sorted out properly rather than wait untill its too late. I got stuck on a 2 year waiting list for a dermatologist because my doctor screwed up the referral twice and Ive got scaring on my shoulders now because I waited too long. I never have any luck with the NHS :x

The only other thing I can think of that helps as a direct to skin lotion (but this is not a perminant solution) is hydrogen peroxide. It kills bacteria on contact with the skin. I always have a bottle in the house as I still have funny skin. You can get it from the chemist its about 80p for a bottle. If I get the odd spot I just apply some with an ear bud, you only need a tiny bit. It does bleach/dry the skin so you cant use perminately or over large areas. Always read the label ;-)


flyingflea

I thought they stopped roaccutane after it caused some people to become depressed and commit suicide?


Well i took this about 12 years ago and those warnings were out then, I think it even told you about the suicide/depression on the information leaflet inside the box. You just have to be careful with them and report any feelings of depression to the doctor asap. Thats if they still hand this stuff out.

I hope your daughter gets it sorted out.
#15
first of all can i say i feel so sorry for her, it is a very difficult thing to have, i hope she has a lot of positive ppl around her.

water and oil removal from skin worked for me, but i am a bloke and maybe girls are not as oily as men

this was an old remady from my nana i washed my face with "fairy carbolic soap" the green soap they used to get the muck out of your cuffs years ago not sure u can get it now, but it dried my face up and made my face much better, i did use some other cream to sort out the dryness after the spots had gone

we are all a softer lot now so ppl prob appaled i used this but it did work for me
#16
I would recommend roaccutane as the best treatment, but only in severe cases that have failed all normal other treatments. I suffered through my youth with bad acne on my back which led me to not do the things other girls were enjoying and not having clothing others were able to wear, this in itself was major depressing.

Roaccutane is or was back in my day always prescribed with the pill as it is seriously recommended not to fall pregnant whist taking it due to the high risk of deformalitlys .

I Suffered dry and cracked lips and nose but for me this was although not pleasant sum what welcomed as i knew i was going to be cured of this problem. I used cymex for my lips which worked brilliantly, can be bought in poundland now.

I would say if your daughter is at the point of being depressed by acne to get a referral to a dermatologist and seek their advice.
I also had a liquid which was applied via a little sponge applicator directly onto the spot , this was also part of the treatment from the hospital under roaccutane , this stuff would clear a major spot in a day or so, i cannot remember its name but it was fairly strong small, maybe someone else may have had this and can remember.

Good luck x
banned#17
unreal how some people are advocating the pill as a solution for acne! WTF!
[mod][Moderator]#18
csiman
unreal how some people are advocating the pill as a solution for acne! WTF!


I was put on "the pill" for acne, called dianette, it was actually tested and first marketed as a problem skin drug, it was also an effective contraceptive pill, if the Dr prescribed it as a skin drug you had to pay the prescription fee, if they prescribed it as a contraceptive you got it free, I was on it for 10-12 mths and it cleared the acne up and kept it away for 7 yrs, I had another outbreak at 35 and had another 6 mths treatment and cleared it up again, and so far so good 6 yrs further on.
I think each persons criteria for being prescribed these drugs are very different, for instance I know my GP advocates other forms of contraception rather than the pill, and would only prescribe me this on a short term basis:thumbsup:
#19
I suffered really badly with acne even into my twenties - my GP prescribed a gel for me that she called 'Pan-Aquaeous' gel - the best way I can describe it's effects was that it was like a bleach - it dries the top layer of skin (encouraging it to come away) and halts the production of oil - it's one of those things that you need to use for a good few months to see improvements though.

The same gel can now be bought over the counter, and is called PanOxyl aquaeous gel. It comes in different strengths - 2.5, 5 and 10. I'd be very wary of going for the highest first - on the first few applications it will make the skin tingle, and feel warm and possibly even sore. You put it on at night - make sure you buy some cheap, white pillowcases - it'll bleach the colour out of anything else - then wash your face in the morning. It'll leave her face quite dry - but you can use moisturisers during the day.

It was very very good, certainly solved my problem, and if I have breakouts even now (I'm 30) I keep a tube in the bathroom cabinet.

Hope this is helpful - certainly sounds less dicey than the other stuff recommended here...
banned#20
wishihadadonkey;7913499
I was put on "the pill" for acne, called dianette, it was actually tested and first marketed as a problem skin drug, it was also an effective contraceptive pill, if the Dr prescribed it as a skin drug you had to pay the prescription fee, if they prescribed it as a contraceptive you got it free, I was on it for 10-12 mths and it cleared the acne up and kept it away for 7 yrs, I had another outbreak at 35 and had another 6 mths treatment and cleared it up again, and so far so good 6 yrs further on.
I think each persons criteria for being prescribed these drugs are very different, for instance I know my GP advocates other forms of contraception rather than the pill, and would only prescribe me this on a short term basis:thumbsup:

Fair enough - point taken

although it may be moot anyway as the 'daughter' could be 11 years old for all we know :-D
#21
Also be wary of some of the creams that you apply to your face as your face can light up like a Xmas tree under UV lights which might be quite embarrassing on nights out if you didn't apply it in funky "raving stripes" ;-)

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