Re: Prescription acne meds for 12 year old girl???
Well, speaking as one who started getting serious acne in the 4th grade, I WISH my mom had put me on accutane as a teenager. Yes, it's a powerful drug, and yes, there can be serious health complications, and yes, sometimes it doesn't even work - BUT - the horror stories aside, the chance that it could work and give her clear(er) skin are beyond value. I can't describe the psychological torture of going through middle school as a 'zit face' - and no, I don't think 'torture' is too strong a word. I'm 30 now, and still have hangups about my skin, although I finally decided on my own to take accutane during my early twenties and my skin is now, for the most part, clear. You're right on the money about the relationship between clear skin and confidence. My mom tried all the regular courses of action when I started breaking out - she bought over the counter special soaps and cleansers, then we went to the dermatologist, he'd 'clean' (read: pick) my face and prescribed topical treatments - Retin A and the like, then I tried pills, other creams, you name it - nothing worked. Even went to expensive facialists, all sorts of aestheticians, but to no avail. A good suntan in the summer was the only thing that made it look a bit better, but we all know how healthy THAT is. For me, the accutane was the only thing that nipped it in the bud - got rid of not only thr facial acne, but the chest and back acne that was really a nightmare. Like it's not embarrassing enough to have pimples on your face, but then you try to wear a bathing suit or backless or low cut dress, and your back/chest are even more of a mess than your face. Let's just say I didn't date much as a teen. Anyway, that's my opinion. Again, you've got to weigh the health risks of such a serious treatment like accutane, but like I said, for me, there was no other choice. Good luck to you and your daughter!