My son has horrible acne.....

United States
August 13, 2008 11:51am CST
but we do not have insurance so that he can go to dermatologist. We have tried everything, proactive, creams, soaps, he is taking vitamins and has quit drinking sodas, he just drinks water and juice. What can we do???? One day he will wake up and his face will look liek it is clearing up and then later in the day it is all broke out. Something is going on. He is 15. His older brother had bad acne too and so did his dad. but now their faces are clear. I feel so bad for him because he is now is high school and I am more worried about the psychological affects of this.
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@prncesssly (1375)
• United States
15 Aug 08
I had acne from the time i was 10 till i was 24. I also tried EVERYTHING. I promise you there was nothing i didn't try. So finally, I went to a dermatologist who put me on Accutane. It's a very potent medication and you have to visit the doctor every month when you take it, but it's well worth the hassle. You take it for 6 months and your acne is gone. I no longer have acne. Best 6 months of my life. Now my skin is clear and looks awesome. I definitely recommend finding a dermatologist who prescribes this.
@Barbietre (1442)
• United States
15 Aug 08
I had terrible acne when I was a teen. I tried everything. It was not until I got married that it cleared up. And looking back now I know why. Fast forward many years when I started eating low carb and gave up sugar. I am older but still broke out once in awhle in a spot or two. But when I gave up sugar it stopped. Then on one cruise I went nuts with the crap and I broke out like you would not believe. So thinking back when we got married we were pretty poor and did not keep any junk in the house, only real food. So I had outgrown the teen hormones ( I was 20 when we got married) and was not eating sugar laden things. So I recently talked to a dermatologist and she said washing is important, but giving up sugar ( and starches turn into sugar) is also helpful. But the issue with your son also is hormones, they also play a part and he will outgrow it. But let him cut waaaaay back on sugar ( giving up soda is a great start) and see how it goes. Juices are mainly sugar also.
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
13 Aug 08
hello All three of my grandsons have the same problem one is 16 and the twins are 15. My son also cant send his kids to the dermatologist kinda he don't have insurance either. One of my friends on mylot told me that aloe vera gel the white kind is good for acne. You can buy it at walmart and it does not cost a lot. My grandson has been using it now for a couple of months and said that his acne is lots better almost gone. Give this a try.
@reckon21 (3487)
• Philippines
13 Aug 08
My older sister has acne too before. She already tried everything but nothing is working. One day she consulted a skin dermatologist and her skin was analyzed. She was given medicine and a cream to counter the acne. Now she has a flawless skin. Try the skin dermatologist, they know more about skin than us.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
13 Aug 08
Maintain a healthy diet. Stock your kitchen with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Eat foods containing healthy omega-3 oils such as ground flaxseeds, salmon, and sardines. Drink six to eight large glasses of water a day. Vitamins A, B, C, and E, as well as chromium and zinc, all play a role in reducing and preventing acne. Avoid refined sugar, fried foods, and trans fat (such as milk, milk products, margarine, and any hydrogenated vegetable oils). Some people find that chocolate, caffeine, carbonated beverages, iodized salt, shellfish, wheat and/or milk products aggravate acne.
@ctrymuziklvr (11063)
• United States
13 Aug 08
My daughter is 38 years old and my son is 31 and they both have had acne for most of their lives. I believe it's hereditary and there's almost nothing that can be done about it. Their father and his sister have always had it and no matter what they used to clear it up or how healthy they ate they could never get rid of it.