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Old 06-11-2011, 10:10 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by Layney82 View Post
It was definitely dangerous - I had weekly monitoring of liver function, etc., they won't give it to sexually active women since the risk of birth defects is too high. As far as I know, it was only the name brand drug that was withdrawn from the us market. Generics are still available in the US and the name brand is still available in other countries.

It's definitely not to be taken lightly, and the prescribing doctor has to know the potential adverse affects and watch for them, but it was a good thing for me. I'd tried everything else available and had horrible, disfiguring, painful cystic acne. It got so bad that I wouldn't go to school, was too embarrassed to leave the house, and was horribly depressed.

I'm not suggesting it for OP's son, just pointing out that sometimes none of the other 'cures' work. If nothing else, most people outgrow it (at almost 30, I'm still waiting to outgrow it.)
I'm with you... i tried pretty much everything, even the minipill and antibiotics for months, nothing helped me. None of the natural treatments, no amount of washing or anything... it was cystic acne and there is nothing you can really do to treat that. After 10 years of acne and my parents not wanting to foot the bill when I was a teenager for a derm, eventually at age 26 i realised it just wasn't going to go away, so i spent the money and went to see a derm. Best decision I ever made in my life... i was able to get married a year later and wear the wedding dress I wanted and look like a star instead of having huge bumps all over my face. I also don't think it's for everybody, but it is a last resort, as you said! At 13 I would definitely first be trying other stuff before going to accutane. The retin-A cream is actually pretty much the same thing as accutane except it's topical, but it also works well. But I think it is pretty expensive and you do need a prescription, you may be able to get that from your regular doctor though.

Right now I still get mild acne, I use neutrogena wash and a benzoyl peroxide wash every couple of days, i just put it on my face and leave it on for a minute or two in the shower to help keep it clear, and then just a gentle moisturiser. I wouldn't suggest anything harsh like an alcohol based toner, but if there is a problem spot that is open, it can help to dab a small amount of rubbing alcohol using a q-tip directly on the spot to disinfect and dry it out a little.


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Old 06-12-2011, 02:09 AM   #32
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Re: Acne remedies for teenage son...

i would say diet, be it allergy to dairy or just cutting out sugar. also have you ever tried cell salts?

those three are for skin/acne etc. we are using silica, calc fluor and calc phos for teeth healing.

i know my sister has acne and uses some kind of pumpkin mask...

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Old 06-12-2011, 09:46 AM   #33
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I agree with the posters who suggested looking at diet. I also would suggest cleansing with jojoba oil and tea tree oil. It works for my teenage son and me with adult acne and rosacea.
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Old 06-12-2011, 07:55 PM   #34
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my oldest DS battled acne just like you are saying is happening with yours. We spent tons of money with Dermatologist and prescription creams. I finally was fed up with it stopped everything for 2 weeks took him to mine and my husbands Dr. He took one look at him put him on an antibiotic and said for him to use above link and poof gone. He uses cetaphil soap in between.
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