August 30, 2013 at 7:34 am #12216
Oh boy, I give up. Web MD, what a joke. This is why I don’t post on boards. I was going to waste my time posting a lot of information about acne, but why bother. Amy, actually my daughters name is Amy, you sound like you are in your twenties, I’m quiet sure that I have a few decades on you. The only reason that I posted anything is that I have a personal history with acne for over thirty years, I’ve tried it all, and keep up with it all. It breaks my heart when kids needlessly suffer. If it’s just a blemish, do nothing, but severe acne needs and deserves ” proper treatment”, that works. Unless you yourself have walked around with hundreds of acne cysts that take months to go away, most needing cortisone injections, tread lightly. Your advice may be only hurtful. I like this site since Matt himself has been a health freak and is on his way out. Medications are not evil. Good luck Thomas with your girls.August 30, 2013 at 11:50 am #12220
I don’t mind that you disagree but do you realize how incredibly condescending you sound? I’m not in my twenties, I’m in my mid-30s, but I don’t think someone in their 20s couldn’t have valuable advice to share, particularly since they more recently went through the teen acne experience.
The reason I posted WebMD is because it’s a pretty mainstream source. I couldn’t find a current package insert online. You could look at rx.com. It doesn’t really matter, though. The medication is well known to cause really bad side effects. And the fact is that for many with severe acne it doesn’t even work. The acne comes back. I hope none of this happens with your son. I hate for people to walk around with horrible acne, too, but I know firsthand that dermatologists interventions often make matters worse and do not even begin to address the root causes behind the acne. If someone has cystic acne and wants to do accutane, I would never judge them for it, but they should definitely go in eyes wide open and also be aware of alternatives to try first. That sort of really horrible acne is caused by a massive internal imbalance, and accutane is definitely not fixing it.August 30, 2013 at 12:17 pm #12221
And I will add that what you are describing is not the situation with Thomas’s daughter. She had one pimple. I am not giving him advice for someone with horribly severe cystic acne. I am giving advice for a healthy teenage girl going through some normal hormonal fluctuations, and the best thing you can do in that situation is be gentle with your skin and ride it out, rather than further damage the skin with harsh stuff, which will invite future problems.August 30, 2013 at 12:17 pm #12222
Looks like your way or the highway, you are blind sided by only your view, mostly “natural”.
Let’s just agree to disagree.August 30, 2013 at 12:19 pm #12223
P.S Amy, why is your advice more valuable than mine?? So if you know the cure and root cause of acne, what is it???
August 30, 2013 at 8:39 pm #12243
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I’m sorry if I’ve missed something, but you seem really angry for some unknown reason, and I don’t even think you are reading my posts properly based on your comments. I think there are likely some different root causes of acne for different people, but it doesn’t sound like you’re really interested in hearing my thoughts so I think at this point it is best to agree to disagree, and we will each follow our own paths.September 3, 2013 at 9:00 pm #12328WendywhoParticipant
I have had kind of bad acne to fairly bad acne for over 25 years. I still have pimples just about everyday, but don’t even bother about it anymore since my is so much better that it used to be. Anyway, about makeup, for my skin, most makeup did not seem to make my acne worse. I think over the past 25+ years, only 2 products caused pimples. The pimples were numerous and small and sometimes itchy – so maybe not acne but a rash? Anyway, those products were foundations – one a pressed powder and another, a liquid foundation though most of the liquid foundations I’ve tried did not cause any irritation, etc… I have also tried many concealers and none caused irritations or more pimples or the pimples to become bigger….
I spent countless hours researching remedies and money trying different topicals for my acne and nothing improved it. I also steamed and used masks – I really don’t think they made a difference for me. For me, acne is really just a very perplexing hormonal thing but for others I’ve heard topical things help. Acne that just seems to happen for no good reason is bad enough, but the things you do to make it go away can make it worse and your health worse. I made things worse when I went on antibiotics for my acne. From the sounds of it, your daughter has just one pimple and I doubt you’d go to a derm for an occasional pimple, but if you do down the road, I would recommend not taking antibiotics. For me they stopped working for the acne and when I did stop taking the antibiotics, the acne was much worse, plus I have many other health problems I associate with taking them. I was in my 20s when I started on the antibiotics and had already been struggling with acne for about 10 years so it wasn’t the first thing I tried. Maybe derms don’t prescribe them anymore, but just in case… Since rosacea has come up in this discussion, I do have that too, though I don’t think that really started until my 30’s. I have always flushed really easily so I think even without the acne treatments I’ve tried, I was predisposed to it, but I do think that all the harsher treatments may have made it worse (I tried prescription Retin As that really made my skin red and irritated plus BP which also made my skin red and I think I really over did it with the steaming and masks)? Maybe pufas did too, or all the exercising I used to do? It is hard say.
One thing I have read about hormonal acne is that it is the changes in hormones that cause acne the most, not the hormones themselves. For some reason, fluctuating hormone levels in some women is the root cause of their acne though I don’t think it is understood why.
Acne really messed with my self esteem and how social I was (as if those 2 weren’t already bad with me). So it is really awesome of you to care about your daughter’s skin and even if she has skin problems, that will make a big difference to her – my parents never supported me in anyway so I know how that can just make bad things even worse.
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