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Help! My 12 year old son is getting acne! What to use?

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My 12 yo son is getting acne around his nose, upper lip and forehead. I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations. Thank you!

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LuvMyPuppi­es1326467102.977911 PostsRegistered 9/12/2008

Mario Badescu is great for acne and the drying cream really helps dry up open ones. It will even help in keeping them from getting as big. It is a sulfur product and LASTS forever!

I like this line and use some of the products. My skin right now has been so great that I don't need the drying cream or acne products much.

I think the best thing I ever did for my acne was start using a Clarisonic with ANY cleanser. Made a huge difference. I use it every morning in the shower!

sissy21326467499.763178 PostsRegistered 7/4/2006

I love, Isomers Australian Harvest cleanser, (on this weekend shopnbc) my son uses it and it helps. I left in shower, when it ran out he actually asked me to get more. There might be a travel kit this weekend, 2oz size good way to try. It cleared up my son's skin 1,2,3.

violetgirl1326467540.633567 PostsRegistered 7/17/2005N. Cal

Between Mario Badescu drying cream and African Black Soap, my son has his acnes situation totally under control. He is very pleased with them after having tried countless other things.

Dusty11326468189.003796 PostsRegistered 5/21/2006

Make sure that it isn't something that he is using that is causing the flareups. Then make sure that he is cleaning his skin well, morning & night, with a gentle cleanser. Give that a try for a couple of weeks. HSN carries Serious Skin Care & they have a Continuously Clear line that worked really well for me. The cleanser was too drying for my old skin to use twice a day, so I used Boots Soft & Soothed Cleanser (Ulta & Target) in the mornings. I do use the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion (SSC has one that is the same thing) on blemishes that need to be healed. It's tough to find out what products will keep his skin clear w/out adding to the breakouts & w/out overdrying the skin. Teenage boys won't be as interested in really monitoring it as some of us would be, either.

keeplaughi­ng1326470470.80311 PostsRegistered 3/18/2008

My almost 16 year old son just started using Proactiv 2 days ago and his skin is looking soooooo much better already. He has some pimples in his hair line and blackheads on his nose. I actually ordered the starter kit for something like $19.99 and free shipping directly from Proactiv only because I wanted him to get the reading material that goes along with the kit. Once he figures out what works for him, he can order from QVC. Though not currently, I myself have ordered Proactiv from QVC. As a child I had terrible acne that was really never addressed. I decided that if the Proactive does not work for my son, I will bring him to a dermatologist.

keeplaughi­ng1326470486.2411 PostsRegistered 3/18/2008

My almost 16 year old son just started using Proactiv 2 days ago and his skin is looking soooooo much better already. He has some pimples in his hair line and blackheads on his nose. I actually ordered the starter kit for something like $19.99 and free shipping directly from Proactiv only because I wanted him to get the reading material that goes along with the kit. Once he figures out what works for him, he can order from QVC. Though not currently, I myself have ordered Proactiv from QVC. As a child I had terrible acne that was really never addressed. I decided that if the Proactive does not work for my son, I will bring him to a dermatologist.

Fenway1326471206.8472596 PostsRegistered 2/23/2007

My stepson got a bad case of acne around the same age. A year later we found Pro Active. It worked!! He is clear now and has been after using this product. I would highly reccomend Pro Active for your son. Make sure he uses it as directed and sticks with it. His acne will soon be cleared up. {#emotions_dlg.thumbup}

EstyWA1326472224.061578 PostsRegistered 11/7/2011
If your son is like any other 12yo boy his diet is probably terrible (processed foods,soda not enough water etc) add to it puberty hormones and you have a perfect coctail for acne. Teens especially boys don't do well with multi step products so multi use products will be best because he will most likely stick to it because it will be easy. Dr Woods Black Soap is very healing and inexpensive (vitacost.com sells a giant bottle for under $10) he can use this product head to toe for body acne as well. Stridex pads alcohol free acne medicated pads twice daily and that's what i would start with. See if he can handle those two things and how his skin does/heals.

thatgirldeb1326473174.39451 PostsRegistered 4/13/2007

My teen daughter had acne on her face and upper back. I tried Proactive and it worked somewhat, but did not completely clean up the problem. After several months, I finally took her to a dermatologist. She got 2 creams and took a pill each day for about 90 days. Her face looks great and the upper back acne, which is harder to cure, is completely smooth and acne free. I wish had taken her to the doctor sooner.

LadyEagles1326476212.2783 PostsRegistered 9/1/2011
Thank you so much! I have got some great ideas from you!

bethechange1326480695.657136 PostsRegistered 4/15/2009

My son has been using Burt's Bees products (available in grocery/drug/big box stores) and his face cleared up.

Muse Kira1326489373.23766 PostsRegistered 2/22/2011

I use for my 12 year old... Clinques mask its in a white tube... it dries and works wonders and i got a sample for a spot treatment thats awesome. Then I use Josies argon oil and if Im really feeling nice I use my dermadoctor last but that is expensive so I limit it. It helps.. I def recommend the clinque OR to save money get the clean and clear scrub and use that on him.... works too...

LadyEagles1326553533.5683 PostsRegistered 9/1/2011
Well I went to Walgreens last night and purchased Clean & Clear foaming face wash and the cleansing cloths for a quickie in the mornings, Stridex alcohol free pads and Clearisil spot treatment. Going to use the pads and spot treatment once a day and see how that goes. I also purchased Olay Complete sunscreen for sensitive skin. Wish us luck!??

michlady11326553970.31711494 PostsRegistered 7/31/2007SE Michigan

Have him cut down on milk and milk products.

Lot of articles online about milk and acne.

Go Red Wings!!

Chihuahuas­rock1326561509.63326 PostsRegistered 11/16/2010

My 14 y/o DD tried every line of acne product. They all worked somewhat at first and then stopped. I took her to the derm over Christmas vacation. Wish I would have done it sooner. Low dose of doxycycline and Epiduo gel. When we went to the pharmacy to get these filled, the pharmacist said these 2 are the bomb and she would clear up real fast. Three days later, her skin was clear and has been since! Good luck!

MopsyGirl1326562875.5832571 PostsRegistered 2/15/2008

My DD is having the same problem. She also has very sensitive skin, which makes it harder to find something that will work for her. I have tried all the drugstore products with no real improvement. Finally ordered Paula's Choice for the dry/normal skin. She just got it three days ago. Definitely see an improvement, but is not cleared up. It's a peroxide based program (like Proactiv). My hesitation with a derm is that I don't really want her on long-term antibiotics because then you build up an immunity to them. That will be my very last step. If the Paula's Choice doesn't work, I'll probably try the product Dharma listed above.

Snow Owl1326568350.121827 PostsRegistered 10/14/2011

There is a forum at http://www.acne.org/ where you can ask questions and find out a lot about acne. They have a regimen that works on many who used Pro Active and other brands without getting any results. Hope you find something that helps.

BellaCarro1326572386.2537087 PostsRegistered 10/1/2011Atlanta

We have tried everything including derm except for Dharma's SkinActives rec. Waiting for this to arrive (oredered last week). Fingers crossed.

SnowOwl thanks for that link.

Sheilaray1326573052.1073703 PostsRegistered 7/31/2007

We really like the acne kit from Avon (my son is 14). It's a scrub cleanser, pads, and a repairing lotion. Way cheaper that Proactive and really works.

pinkberry1326580250.8845 PostsRegistered 11/28/2007

My son started getting acne at the age of 12 as well. At first I tried drugstore products, none of which worked well. We then went to ProActive, which worked right away to clear his acne and seemed to be our holy grail. I should add that I was diligent about applying it to his face twice a day. That worked really well for about 6-8 months at which time it seemed to stop working and his acne was flaring up again. I took him to the derm who prescribed Differin and an antibiotic. After approx 8 weeks, no improvement in his acne. We stopped the antibiotic, which I was actually happy about since I didn't like the idea of him taking it and stopped the Differin, which I felt was a total waste of a product. The derm switched him to Retin-A Micro and his acne has been much improved for about 3-4 months now. And that is the only thing he is using. So I would definitely recommend the Retin-A!

buyornot1326580404.4872581 PostsRegistered 7/7/2008

I say take him to a derm-with my kids the ONLY thing that stopped it(and stopped it for good0 were antibiotics/

PixieMouse1326580544.117432 PostsRegistered 1/19/2007

I recommend asking your son's doctor this kind of medical question.

Why people use a shopping channel message board for medical advice is not only mind-boggling, it's downright dangerous (especially when asking about your child).

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Dharma_Ini­tiative1326580632.9333974 PostsRegistered 7/16/2007
On 1/14/2012 PixieMouse said:

I recommend asking your son's doctor this kind of medical question.

Why people use a shopping channel message board for medical advice is not only mind-boggling, it's downright dangerous (especially when asking about your child).

Oh calm down. She's asking how to fight acne, not how to cure cancer.

BellaCarro1326580776.2337087 PostsRegistered 10/1/2011Atlanta
On 1/14/2012 PixieMouse said:

I recommend asking your son's doctor this kind of medical question.

Why people use a shopping channel message board for medical advice is not only mind-boggling, it's downright dangerous (especially when asking about your child).

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Because many of us have been to the derm repeatedly and it was useless. In fact, I've read of several who have found a solution for them with OTC products such as African Black Soap, Paula's Choice, SkinActives, Murad, change in diet, to name a few.

Please don't lecture me about what I have done or not done for my child's condition.

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