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Acne remedies for teens

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Well, the forum is called "Free for all", and I am inclined to be literal, so here is my question: my son suffers from some adolescent acne. His problem is not the worst, but enough to make him feel self-conscious. We gave up on the drugstore remedies and so far we have tried two topical prescription medications. The first made no difference. I am about to give up hope on the second, Stievamycin. I am reluctant to ask for the doctor to prescribe oral medications for fear of the side effects (liver damage, depression etc...). Any pharmacists, pharmacologists or experienced parents with any suggestions?

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I did recognize the active ingredient as an antibiotic, but this is a gel preparation combined with vitamin A acid, for use to treat acne. The doctor does not have my complete confidence, but I did get a print out from the pharmacist that confirmed the prescription was appropriate. In any case, it does not seem to have made a bit of difference.

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I will look for that. My son is just old enough that he has started to take his personal grooming seriously. I think he would use a cleanser, and that might help the gel work. If I can talk him into eating some spinach and more broccoli, so much the better!

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No...I don't believe she ever followed for very long to see results.

She uses prescription meds but she says that doesn't work well either. Now she tans all the time at a tanning salon and she says that really works but I think that over-tanned look isn't appealing. I think over using tanning salons has a whole other bunch over concerns too. She isn't a person to take health very seriously though.

One more thing...I love Eucerin cleansing gel myself and think it is an excellent product. Maybe try that if you haven't. I think it is $14 for 200ml at Shoppers or London drugs and they often have it on sale in the flyers if you watch for it.

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Mambo, I looked up Differin and it is composed differently than the other gels he has tried. The generic name of the current one is Erythromycin, by the way. Perhaps we will give Differin a try. F-lo, that list of foods is interesting. We certainly eat from both lists, but I wonder if I can persuade the kids to eat more of the acne reducing list - a plea to vanity to help get them to eat their greens. (That would probably go over much better than my current approach, which is to tell them to eat veggies for the sake of their colons.) Has your sister tried this approach to see if it affects her complexion?

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Hi Dreamer! My older sister who is over 40 suffers from quite bad acne all her life. I saw a doctor on a talk show about a year ago and (since then I have learned that this Doc and his product line is very popular especially with celebs). Here is some of the info I copied but you can see his website too. hope this helps. The show was focusing on aldult acne I think but the info seems fairly reasonable for teens too. He said adult acne is all related to adult blood sugar levels..I think that is what he said but check his website address below. (NOTE:This sounded true for my family since there is a history of diabetes in my family and my sister who suffers the most with acne has a sweet tooth for sure. I also found it interesting since my mom never liked sweets at all and she never had any acne in her life but the rest of our family had varying degrees through teen and adult years and we all like sweets.)

Here is the copied text part..."Dr. Nicholas Perricone told us how certain foods can erase acne for good! Dr. Perricone has a three step approach to treating adult acne which includes diet, vitamins and topical solutions. Below you will find a guideline for treating your skin, from the inside out. For more information please visit or refer to Dr. Perricone's book The Acne Prescription which is available in bookstores now.

STEP 1 — Acne Curing Foods

Fruits & Vegetables
Dark leafy lettuce

Sunflower seeds
Pumpkin seeds

Regular yogurt
Acne Causing Fruits & Vegetables

Acne Causing Foods
Rice cakes
STEP 2 — Nutritional Supplements that Help Treat Acne

B Complex
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Fish oil
Perricone vitamins
STEP 3 — TOPICALl Anti-inflammatories:
Clean & Clear
Perricone products

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