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Pramrider

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Unfortunately, this has been something to plague our two kids during their teen years, and looks like it's persisting into their early twenties.:frown: My wife and I tried all sorts of remedies, but nothing has been very helpful. Currently, they use Proactiv products which have been about the most helpful in getting some control over new outbreaks. However, it's not doing as good of a job as we'd hope and their faces especially are constantly getting new eruptions. They also use a cleansing bar for oily skin to wash their faces. In addition, they've been taking antibiotics under a doctor's care to help eliminate certain bacteria that contribute to acne.

Since ADISC is made up mostly by people from mid-teens to mid-twenties, usually the most acne-prone years, I thought I'd pose the question here. Have any of you had to deal with severe cases of acne? Did you find something of a medicinal nature to help, or perhaps washing your face with a particular type of cleansing bar and certain frequency, or avoiding particular foods, or even coming up with your own homemade treatment? Whatever you found that really helped a great deal to eliminate breakouts, this is what I'd like to hear. Thank you in advance for any and all suggestions. Possibly one of you knows a remedy that will work much better than what we've tried so far. I sure hope so!

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I'm sure your kids have tried it already, but rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball always worked well for me. It was pretty inexpensive too.
 

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Proactiv sucks...It works maybe at first...But it bleaches your clothes, and some people have skin problems with it with long term use...Clear Care has some 3 step kit thing, that you can buy in stores...I find that just the soap thing they have with it is pretty good, but like any medicine, it loses it's effectiveness after long use...So I need to find something else...It did seem to really help my acne though
 
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I was fortunate enough to never of had much acne....yet. Im almost sixteen, and have very clear skin, w/ of course the occasional pimple or two, but nothing drastic. But, who knows, maybe it will get worse later, im sayin' a prayer it doesnt.
 

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i dont know if it really works but my mom had me rub pads with my sisters breast milk on my face to cure the acne. it was bad smelling, and a little grouse. i only did it once, and definitely didnt see any results.
 

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Oh that sucks. I just have to keep my stress levels down, and I hardly get any acne. I usually only have a pimple or two, but in Sept. when I went back to school I broke out with 10 or so, same when I stated my new job.
 

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[facetious]I just pop them. It's like bubble pack that never ends! :D[/facetious]

I dunno, I have some Avon stuff my mom gives me. I think it works a little, but I haven't used it in a while. I never got much acne either way.
 
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Simply, always keep your face clean. Worked for me. ;)

If you want some alternative remedies, try massaging your face with sugar or salt crystals... or for difficult pimples, damp some hydrogen peroxide on a cotton bud and lightly apply, leaving it on for a little while.
 

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Being out on the salt water helps for me, so that's either the mist hitting my face or simply salt water, so my advise is wash the face with salt water.
 

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I had a special 'soap' that contained lye when I was a teen...that seemed to work the best of anything that I tried (and I tried lots of stuff over the years.

Keep away from spicy and/or fried foods, caffeine and alcohol (okay teens shouldn't be drinking alcohol anyway but it can be bad for the skin). The old saying "you are what you eat" really is true.

Whatever you do, do not let a doctor prescribe Accutane (isotretinoin marketed under various trade names, most commonly Accutane (Roche), Amnesteem (Mylan), Claravis (Barr), Decutan (Actavis), Isotane (Pacific Pharmaceuticals), Sotret (Ranbaxy), Oratane (Genepharm Australasia) or Roaccutane (Roche), Izotek (BlauFarma)) for your kids!!! That stuff is lethal (not to mention extreeeemely expensive!). Sure it works, but it doubles the risk of depression. I was on it briefly (as an adult) several years ago, for cystic rosacea, and it literally made me crazy-depressed!
 

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Firstly, let's debunk some of the common myths.

What doesn't cause acne:

1. Diet
2. Hygiene
3. Stress.

But, usually if you get on top of it early with some good acne cream, you can reverse it fairly quickly.

However, if it's really bad acne (like I once (hopefully) had), you should consider Roaccutane. It has a lot of possible side effects and is very expensive, but if America (or any other country you happen to live in) has any sort of health system like we do, it's subsidized by the government, and apart from peeling skin and lips and some eye dryness, I was fine.

Hope that helps.

EDIT, reading the post above me (ayanna), I should say, while my cousin did have a bout of depression, I have no problem. The only side effects I suffer from taking this medication are cracked lips, occasional skin peeling and occasionally sore eyes, all of which are easily treatable with over-the-counter medications.

Also, depression cases for Roaccutane are very rare. Think about it. You see it in the news once a year or so, and you immediately get the sense that it's incredibly dangerous. That's just not the case, what about the hundreds of thousands of other people who take this medication? They're not going to report that. BUT, as with any oral medication for acne, it should only be used as a last resort if skin creams don't work.

Before Roaccutane, I was prescribed Erythromycin (EES) and I had terrible diarrhoea from it. I thought it was food poisoning or something.
 
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Personally, I learned that any product made with Aloe Vera was a problem for me. It seems like EVERYthing has it. So, I stay away from products with that, and I also wash my face at least once a day with Castile soap. Obviously stay away from foods you're allergic to because that could aggravate acne or even cause acne. I found the more I mess with my face, the more it hates me... I know it's common to want to wash your face endlessly if you feel like the acne is out of control, but try to resist doing that. It just makes things worse. Once or twice a day, and maybe use a good astringent afterwards...
 

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I've tried *everything* that I've heard or seen to try to clear up my face. Some things worked for a while, then they had no effect at all, my face continued to be hideous...
 
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Well, if you have daughters, the best thing for my acne ever is birth control pills. I've taken the ortho-cyclen, tri-cyclen and tri-cyclen low and all help quite a bit. My acne is fairly mild but annoying. I also find Noxema to be the only cleanser that doesn't either dry me out or make my skin oily. Other things that have helped me were getting rid of my bangs (hair on the forehead seemed to make my skin more oily) and using Clearasil astringent pads before bed. I also have eczema, and those outbreaks seem to correlate with acne outbreaks.
 
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i used to put hand sanitizer across breakouts. I doubt it's good 4 u/recommended but it worked for me. I'm lazy tho so i don't use it much ne more
 

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Well, if you have daughters, the best thing for my acne ever is birth control pills. I've taken the ortho-cyclen, tri-cyclen and tri-cyclen low and all help quite a bit. My acne is fairly mild but annoying. I also find Noxema to be the only cleanser that doesn't either dry me out or make my skin oily. Other things that have helped me were getting rid of my bangs (hair on the forehead seemed to make my skin more oily) and using Clearasil astringent pads before bed. I also have eczema, and those outbreaks seem to correlate with acne outbreaks.
I wouldn't recommend that for males, because taking those pills can seriously mess up a guy's normal hormone balance. They contain estrogen and progestin, which can cause any number of undesirable effects in a guy. Well, I guess if you a transsexual, it might be fine since you don't want your male characteristics.
 

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So far, diet has never been effective in controlling my acne. I have tried everything as far as that goes--and I'm not allowed ANY caffeine due to allergy. I've tried near-vegetarian, with only a tiny amount of meat (to keep my blood iron up because I have some issues absorbing it.)

I've tried various soaps--the most effective I've ever used being Bioré's ice cleanser, with once a week for their "warming blackhead" cleanser. That does get rather expensive. I'm allergic to Noxema, it seems--it caused my skin to blister and peel. Clearasil made my skin flake off in large amounts no matter how I tried to moisturize. It was like a blizzard near me and it was VERY unpleasant. A four part tea tree oil system worked fairly well when I was younger, but I was unable to find it after the body shop closed in my area. It had a cleanser, an astringent, a moisturiser and a "treatment stick" for stuff that started to erupt in spite of the rest.

The pill has not helped my acne in the slightest (Ortho Cyclen)--in fact, it has made it worse and also made it intensely painful. I'm hoping that switching my scrip might help at least not make it painful, since it never was before going on the pill. I'd love to go off the pill entirely, but I have chronic cystic mastitis and, given that I have family history of breast cancer and it can mask symptoms, that HAS to be treated.

I have yet to find anything that works. My father had the same issue. He went on accutane at the age of 25 after nothing else on the planet worked. Accutane should be avoided as much as possible and, if you must go on it, take careful stock of your mood and any side effects and seek help immediately. I'm still young and I'll wait awhile longer to see if it clears up on its own. My acne isn't scarring me (yet) unlike my father's. My father's face is scarred with numerous deep pits. If I start to have scarring, I'll look into further treatment options, but for now, I simply avoid makeups and facepaints and all that jazz and try to keep my skin clean as much as is possible.
 
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Acne is caused by testosterone activating the sebaceous glands in our pores. When the gland over produces oil, the pore is blocked by cell debris. The natural bacteria in the pores, which don't harm us at all but actually help us, turns the oil from the gland into a slight acid that causes an inflammatory response from the the body, ergo pimple!

Yay, finally using stuff from my Microbiology class!

Cremes are generally large bouts of oxygen, the natural bacteria in our pores can live in the presence of oxygen so this stops the growth of new pimples and blackheads, but does little for existing ones.

Antibiotics kill the bacteria themselves. This gets rid of the inflammation, but leaves your skin vulnerable to infections from other microbes.

The pill provides estrogen, which offsets testosterone, meaning the glands do nothing but sit around and secrete oil naturally.

Accutane actually prevents testosterone from binding to the gland. This actually causes about 20% of your glands to die over the course of treatment as the body sees them as useless during this time. It also has the longest list of side effects, including depression, massive headaches, spinal pain, and in one case a brain tumor.

But it works, and if you want to put up with 6 months of constant lotion, lip balm, and general moodiness, then talk with a specialist about it. Monitor your mental health during the time, avoid stress and relax more.

Also, don't get pregnant on accutane, as it causes deadly deformities to developing fetuses.
 

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Thanks everyone, for all the helpful info provided. I'm going to mention some of them to my son and daughter to see if they're both willing to try something different. Sure can't hurt considering what they're dealing with now. My daughter did talk to a dermatologist about Accutane before, and decided she didn't like what she heard as far as side effects. Some of the other topical suggestions sound like good ones to try.

~Pramrider
 
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