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    Quote Originally Posted by Mama Mirabelle View Post
    If you end up taking her to the doctor please don't let her go on roaccutane. It is clinically proven to increase the likelihood of developing depression. I was prescribed this as a teenager as I had awful acne and the side effects were horrendous.

    I highly recommend the brand Paula's Choice. It can only be purchased online from the Paula's Choice website. After coming off roaccutane I was recommended this brand in my late teens and have been using it ever since. The BHA gel has changed my life. People always comment on my skin as I rarely wear make up and some days I still can't believe I went from having such horrible acne to having skin that people comment on.

    I always recommend this brand to people and they rarely try it because it's online only, but I swear by it. Do give it a try, they do samples if you want to try before you buy.
    Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I've only heard horror stories about roaccutane, so I want to steer clear.

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    At her age and with what you described I doubt anyone would be prescribing roaccutane just yet.

    Roaccutane was a life saver for me. I have always taken the studies with a grain of salt. The type of people who go on it and often already depressed or have self-esteem issues, therefore I believe there is a correlation with the drug but not a causation.

    Hopefully you won’t need to get to that stage, big hugs to her. Acne really ruined my high school years.

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    I don't know if this will help, but I was speaking with a beauty therapist recently and she was telling me she suffered with terrible skin/acne problems (you wouldn't have known it) growing up, as I had remarked how clear and lovely her skin was.

    Anyway, she said that she tells everyone that if you have acne or skin issues to have a blood test and check your Zinc levels. She said low zinc in the body can be a big contributing factor and she credited taking zinc supplements for her no longer needing roacutane or similar.

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    I think it can be a case of experimenting with what works well for the individual skin type. I have had bad skin since I was an older teen, and have found that cetaphil face wash, and then using the sukin. Detoxifying face mask twice a week gives me the best results. If I have a blind pimple I use sudocream to draw it out (the zinc in it helps). My skin isn't perfect, but I get compliments on my skin all the time so it does a good job!
    There are prescription topical ointments like clindatech that you can get from the gp as well. 2.5% benzyl peroxide is good too (over the counter), but bleaches absolutely everything so that's a pain.
    I saw a skin specialist once who recommended roaccutane. I read so many horror stories regarding the side effects online I couldn't bring myself to take it.
    I will do everything in my power to help my kids with skin problems as well. It's an awful thing to deal with, not only does it impact self esteem, it also can be really painful.
    Make sure she's diligent with cleaning. Twice a day every day. And she might not need to moisturise. I get peri oral dermatitis in the winter months and use a very light moisturiser from Lush during that time, but in the warmer months I don't use any. I just don't need it.
    Also, I use an oil free sunscreen on my face during warmer months, and wash it off as soon as I am home again. I don't have a daily routine to put sunscreen on before I leave the house as I would have the most horrendous skin.
    I rarely wear makeup, but on the odd occassion I use nude powdered foundation. It's not greasy like a liquid. I know she won't be at makeup stage yet, but for future reference.

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    My skin was great in my teens but went to ****e in my mid 20's (apparently there's some kind of hormonal surge?). The only thing that cleared it was the Alpha H range. My faves were the superfine Micro scrub and the moisturiser with the 10% salicylic acid. You do need to be super careful in the sun when using though. It's a bit expensive but they have regular 20% off sales and you can get a starter kit which lasted me a couple of months.

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    I had bad adult acne and went to a dermatologist and was prescribed an ointment and a lotion for night time...it wasn’t roacutane.

    I’d recommend staying away from fragrant products.


 

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