What is the best for breakouts??

Ok, I know I should probably use the teen sight. Because this is for my 13 year old daughter. She is starting to get some zits on her chin. She thinks she needs Pro activ. I thought about seeing what I can find at the drug store. Or buy her some Clinque stuff. She has started wearing make-up. She is putting it on very nice I must say. No heavy black eyeliner which seems to be popular at her age. I wore it really heavy. Which there is nothing wrong with that. The girls her age don't know how to blend!! Rou, would be so scared if she saw it!! It pains me to see sometimes. Ok, back to my daughter she is freaking out about a couple of zits. Also, some of the kids in her grade have really bad acne. She is scared she will be like that. My husband had really bad acne growing up. So, she thinks it is in her genes. Ok I am rambiling. Which would be the best and cheapest to try at first.
I have both my older boys using a 5% beta hydroxy acid (salicylic acid). It's got a low PH, so the acid is actually an acid, unlike most drugstore brands. It works great for them.

http://dianayvonne.com/product/CSE69_4
When I had problem acne, Proactiv worked great. If you're just looking for something to prevent breakouts, and only have them occasionally, I'd recommend Desert Essence Thouroughly Clean Face Wash. It's not drugstore, but IMO (for me) it works better than the drugstore brands I've used in the past, like Clean&Clear, Noxema, etc. The smell isn't the greatest, but believe me, it keeps away breakouts, and any potential bumps or zits are gone in a day or so for me, due to the tea tree oil. HTH

oh... you can find the face wash on the Desert Essence site, or at a health food store. I found mine at Whole Foods.
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First off, do not buy her any Clinque stuff. That stuff will break her out even more and Clinque is notorious for that from my personal experience and what others have said. Another thing, not sure you can completely prevent acne for her since she's 13 and I swore that's around that age where adolescent acne starts. You may be able to keep it under control though. I know a few that have tried Pro-activ and it worked for them, but really dried their skin out so she'll have to keep it hydrated. If it's a really bad case of acne, you may want to go see a dermotologist and they can perscribe Retin-A I believe.
Ok, I know I should probably use the teen sight. Because this is for my 13 year old daughter. She is starting to get some zits on her chin. She thinks she needs Pro activ. I thought about seeing what I can find at the drug store. Or buy her some Clinque stuff. She has started wearing make-up. She is putting it on very nice I must say. No heavy black eyeliner which seems to be popular at her age. I wore it really heavy. Which there is nothing wrong with that. The girls her age don't know how to blend!! Rou, would be so scared if she saw it!! It pains me to see sometimes. Ok, back to my daughter she is freaking out about a couple of zits. Also, some of the kids in her grade have really bad acne. She is scared she will be like that. My husband had really bad acne growing up. So, she thinks it is in her genes. Ok I am rambiling. Which would be the best and cheapest to try at first.
Originally Posted by tk1970
Hi

I had acne which began at age 12. My father had severe cycstic acne. my mother had perfect skin. I can tell you there is as much misconception about breakouts as there are about curly hair:-) As a teen I had the typical hormonal issues but because I was sensitive to certain medications it just made my acne worse. When skin is injured (by medicated treatments) if fights back. It goes into overdrive trying to repair itself. It was horrible. And dermatologists only knew what they did then.



Through the years (I am now in my 30's) I have used Accutane, retin A, sulfer based products, benzoyl peroxide (my mortal enemy) and on, and on, and on. Side note: I no longer have true acne but what has been determined is that I have super sensitive skin, maybe brought on by all the years of 'stuff' or maybe always was the case. It has also been determined that my 'acne' is due to my skin cells being too stubborn to slough off the way everyone elses do. I now go for chem peels which took a year to get accustom to. Sorry to ramble just trying to give you an idea .

So anyhow, as the mother of two under the age 12, and the life experience I have, if breakouts persist, I would reco that you take your daughter to a dermatologist. I would also reco that you grab a cup of coffe and just do a yahoo seach. Check out Acne.org. Also go to www.zerozit.com and look for a list (12 pages mind you) of ingredients that are known to cause acne or irritation.

Keep in mind hypoallergenic and oil free really do not mean non-comedogenic , and non-comedogenic does not mean that your daughter cannot have an allergic response to an ingredient.
The human body is a chemical factory and we all react diffently to certian chemicals (products) Ever had the experience of wearing a perfume that smelled wonderful in a magazine sample but horrible on you?

Anyway a little this and that, I need coffee, just saw this thread and felt compelled to try and help :-)
Lisa -

3B can braid to relax into 2b or diffuse into 3A. I confess I have 3C envy :-) Chin length weighed down by product - using Pureology Hydrate condish, home made brews and on occasion Redken Fresh Curls
I just wanted to add a warning that the acne.org forums contain a lot of shady, sometimes downright dangerous, misinformation. A lot of posts say things like "my doctor says that taking this much is an overdose but lol." And a lot of the information that isn't harmful is simply untrue. I know that a lot of people have success with the site's trademark regimen, but I'd be wary of the other information.

You might have to shop around for a good dermatologist, but it's worth it. In the meantime, you can start off with 5% benzoyl peroxide gel. It's a little harder to find than 10%, but you have to build up the dose. Just be careful, because it bleaches clothes.
May I ask what type of make up she is using?

If she is using foundation, please make sure she is washing her face nightly with a gentle cleanser. Also, it isn't too early for her to start wearing sunscreen. Neutrogena Dry Touch is a good one.

If she is getting a few pimples, try dabbing on a bit of Neutrogena Rapid Clear™ Acne Eliminating Spot Gel (really works).

Also, tell her not to touch her face or to rest her chin in the palm of her hands. I used to this and my face always broke out where my hands had touched my face.
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[quote="Eilonwy"]I just wanted to add a warning that the acne.org forums contain a lot of shady, sometimes downright dangerous, misinformation.

Agreed. It is really best to educate yourself first so you can filter thru the rest.
Lisa -

3B can braid to relax into 2b or diffuse into 3A. I confess I have 3C envy :-) Chin length weighed down by product - using Pureology Hydrate condish, home made brews and on occasion Redken Fresh Curls
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I'd say go to a dermatologist. What she does with her skin now will affect her from the time she is 22 (when all the spots, wrinkles, scars start showing) up until she dies. Since the skin is the most noticeable part of each of us, we need to protect it.

The earlier she learns what to do, the better.

I'm so sorry that I wasn't more vigilant about skin care from 12 on. I've got scars that will never go away because I tried one useless thing after another.
Thanks for the replies. She just has occasional breakouts. She uses just powder on her face. Now she is getting better at washing her face at night. I am definatly going to take her to a Dermatoligist if it gets worse. She has very fair skin so she has to be careful. Always, uses sun screen when it is time to go outside.

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