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    Old 11-02-2008, 11:14 AM   #16
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    I am sick my skin looks awful! I think I over used the Proactiv on Halloween as I mssed with my face a little the Benzoyl has dried up my face and it looks awful I had to run out and get some Cataphyl cleanser yestersay!it was so dried up and sore, I have had to sop the Proactiv for a few days I think until the dry skin goes it looks AWFUL i am dissapointed that I did so well then blew it on Halloween night and meesed with a few sopts!!!! now my face looks as bad as when I began! I expect it to get worse as its almost my monthly visit GEES it seems I am never gonna get away from this viciuos cycle I am not well either and my knee is killing me like I have no idea what I have done but I can hardly walk so having a crappy Sunday! ...I feel I need to do stuff but got no energy so need to give in really...I am stubborn and ignore my body telling me to STOP and REST lol guess its being a mom? havnt slept properly in days, daughters coughing and I think needs to go Drs so tomorrow have to try and get her in!. I feel I havnt been 100% for a lfew weeks it all started with me hurting my back then those meds (seroids) lowered my immune system and I got really sick for a weeek then it went then got something else, ok a week then get something else!!! its frustrating to me! as I like to go to the gym and cant AGAIN I hope I can shake this off soon! maybe I gotta just give in and rest a few days TRY!!! theres no school tomorrow and Tuesday (cause of the election) so at least I can chill out and not be up early for school day routines ...I feel drained...and when I see my face its hard to not cry

    I gotta try and be possative and think it will be better! I wish soon!!!!!

    well gonna take a nap well TRY too..........hope your having a good weekend!

    ttyl

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    Old 11-02-2008, 02:19 PM   #17
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    Claire,
    Sorry to hear you are not feeling well. You definitely need to listen to your body and take it easy. Hope your daughter is feeling okay. My daughter tried Proactiv about 2 years ago; it was way too strong for her. Her dry patches are getting better. She has been putting a little vaseline on them only at n ight. Slowly they will get better I think. She has been complaining this week of her stomach hurting. Not sure what that is all about. She thinks her breathing is funny too. We believe she does have anxiety (cant remember if I mentioned that). Well hope everything is well. Talk again soon.
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    Old 11-03-2008, 04:09 PM   #18
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    Hi Dawn~
    I am feeling a little better today, gonna take a few days I think, not got alot of energy but course enough to mess with my face, today i ahve been pretty good, but been putting on zit gel to a few zits to dry them up, I think its getting better....but still all dry and sore.....gonna take till the weekend till I can return to the proactiv! I gotta try and not mess, I did so well then blew it! LOL like being on a diet! LOL...........

    anyways hope you had a good day! I watched alot on the news stations MSNBC about the Allection both guys are really trying to get the people in now..I am really cirious as to whats going to Happen I lam kinda glad havnt gotta make that decission (I cant vote as I am UK citizen) I pay taxes but cant vote ...oh well

    I guess whoever gets in has a TON of work to do i wouldnt want to take on all that crap!

    I hope that we can get America back on its feet, somehow!.....

    Take care.......

    Claire
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    we are the only people on this THread haahaa....oh well never mind ...

     
    Old 11-03-2008, 04:10 PM   #19
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    maybe I will try vaseline too

     
    Old 11-06-2008, 07:47 AM   #20
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    Hey Claire,
    How have you been? Better I hope. My daughters dry patches are definitely better. We went to the endocrinologist Tuesday for a follow up and she thought Heathers skin looked good. She still believes it is from her hormones being messed up. We are doing a follow up saliva test to re-check her hormone levels. Doctor believes she may still be low in estrogen. We'll find out in about 2 1/2 weeks. When we had her hormone levels checked in May 2008 she was hardly making any estrogen or progesterone. And shes only 15 (well almost 16 now). My daughter is also suffering from anxiety. Maybe due to hormone imbalance also. But honestly, Heather handles her situation so well. For all the stuff she is going through lately she does extremely well. Well, gotta run to the library. Talk again soon.
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    Old 11-06-2008, 10:25 AM   #21
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    Hello Claire,
    I hope your little girl is okay. Not sure if you ever mentioned but how old are your kids. They sound young. Its hard when they are little and not feeling well isnt it? My daughter rarely got sick when she was little. Now that she is a teenager with hormones messed up she is complaining of something almost everyday. I feel so bad for her. She has so much pressure as a teen anyway then she has to deal with hormone issues, anxiety and skin problems. But as I said she handles the situation pretty well. I am grateful for that. I try to be strong for her and not negative. Yeah I took Heather off all treatments given by the dermatologist. They were rarely helping and I believe were too harsh on her skin. I am trying to keep her skin care as natural and chemical free as possible. She cleanses with a sandalwood bar soap (all natural, no preservatives or harsh chemicals), then dabs on the tea tree oil, then a natural moisturizer. That is all. Ofcourse I watch her diet also. I know there is some controversy over diet and acne, but I do think it has some impact on it. It may not cause it, but I believe it can aggravate it somewhat. So I am very particular about what she eats. No dairy, except organic (organic doesnt have any hormones or chemicals from the cows). She drinks no pop, very little junk food, has 1/2 serving of yogurt everyday for good bacteria, has at least 5 servings of fruits and veg. daily. I also give a 2 teaspoons of fish oil daily. I heard this is helpful for skin problems. It is full of Omega 3 essential fatty acids. So I am trying to make a conscious effort to help her; my parents did none of this for me. Back then maybe they didnt know what we know now. As a child, we ate fast food alot. It was quick and easy for my parents. But my skin suffered. By the time my mom did bring me to a derm. I already had it pretty bad. I cant see my daughter going through that. I hated going to school everyday. My daughter is very social and talks to everyone in school. Opposite to how I was in school. I am glad she is like that. She has been "hanging out" (that is what the teenagers call it) with a young boy. He is a year older than her but they are very close and get along great. She says they are just good friends but he tells her she is the most wonderful and kindest person he knows. He tells her seeing her is the highlight of his day. They are flirty with each other. But they are just friends she says. Im not sure about that. He is so nice and is adorable. Well wait until your kids are teenagers. They are a challenge thats for sure. But I love her to death. Ok, well I gotta go eat lunch now. Talk soon.
    Dawn

     
    Old 11-06-2008, 11:14 AM   #22
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    Hi!
    my daughter has tummy ache probably the anti-biotic? shes been pretty Healthy a few ear infections but she has lad alot of colds in her life (or 4 years heehee) shes 5 in Feb..my son will be 8 in December a 2nd Grader. I was lucky to have had such great kids as babies I was so lucky! always Happy, hardly cried! Nick was giggly and like a gerber baby everyone would stop me and say how cute he was..even Men would say thats a cute baby!!! I would blush! and say thankyou!!! he is a nice boy...hes starting to get a little more cheeky not alot but I am guessing its school and being with other kids.

    you feel you cant cocoon them forever, they have to go into the world but I am scared of the teenage years for sure and for my daughter and the whle having sex and drinking and etc etc....it is really scary how young girls are today doing things and they are not even "dating" I really want them to stay little but I already feel my son in only a few more years will be like a pre-teen!!...god!!! I am terrified.......

    you really hope the values you teach them stay in them and help them make the right choices...for me I want them to tell me everything! I want them to beable to come to me! ...even if they did something stupid or think i might be mad, I say to them always tell the truth to us...its worse if you dont....then we find out so jsut fess up and be honeslt always...I guess time will tell hay???

    it sounds like you are a great mum and is taking time to give you Daughter the best love and how to take care of herself by eating well etc its good...my kids dont drink soda Heck no,special occation if we go out but usually no...apples juice watered down or mostly water and milk they have...my kids are good with fruit (we call Katelyn the fruit bat) but shes not so up for Veggies! I always encourage her and ask to eat 4 pieces (her age haaaa) of say green beans, or mouthfuls of corn! and unless shes gagging and really hates it (lets face it my mum made me me eat EVERYTHING even if I hated it and now I wont eat it as an adult) I dont want to turn her off food for her whole life but I know she doesnt mind it I will ask her to eat 4 LOL...shes good....they dont get fast food...I think its sad how peoples lifestyle makes it a necesity to get fast food in ...somethings are not so bad like chicken out but like McDees and Burger King uuuck! I rarely eat that as I find it makes me feel ILL.like I feel awful hours later....its crap! but I see why its appealing with people working and feel rushed to do so much its the American way of life in some states....

    I stay home and am lucky we can afford to live on one salary definately a huge challenge sometimes but I try everyday to be thankful that I can be home to take care of my kids and homework and dinner and the house I have a friend who works and her kids ar ethe same as mind I feel she is so overwhelmed with life its really sad ..all for a little extra money ..but some people acquire a lifestyle and they then have to go back to work if they have kids , I always said to Brian if we have kids I want to be home (thats a personal choice and it was the best for me but for some women its not for them and I undesrtand that and admire them for juggling careers and families but I feel sometimes people get so rushed...and miss the small simple things? and thats why I am glad to be home...my mum stayed home with us but did even when we were older that I think I dont ened I might go nuts home alone all day haahaa! but my mum was Happy to do that...see people all are so different

    are you Married? have any other kids I never assume anyone is married these days ..
    I am married jsut have my 10th Anniversary last month time FLIES!!!!!!!

    I am like you dont want to see Katelyn or Nick have skin problems! its awful isnt it..they tell me to leave my face alone now! LOL maybe they will not mess with there own! My husband had a little acne like boys do but it went pretty fast and he never gets any! hope they inherit that ....though my skin is nice where I havnt got marks! ...its looking better felling better its ahrd as we put our face out there you cant really hide it...I know you know what I mean...jsut this week having some big scabs healing at the Drs with my daughter I felt like I couldnt hold my head up and thats sad! but I am trying to let this cycle end...I want to be able to hold my head high hope it happens soon!

    I agree I think Acne treatements are so harsh I mean Proactiv bleaches anything it touches and that was being put on my face YIKES ..I mean a hundred years ago they didnt have all these products!!! and think Food was better no chemicals and crap in it, I have read too food doesnt cause Acne but I am sure fueling your body with good nutition os more beneficial then eating crap!

    ok Dawn! chewing your ear off again! LOL I need to get a cup of tea and go check on Katelyn shes sleeping even asked to go to bed I lay with her but coudlnt get comfy LOL I want to go back before she wakes up...so she thinks I was there the whle time..shes not clingy but I can tell shes not well for her to want me this much...arghhhh one day she will hate me and screaming its not Fair! haahaaaa

     
    Old 11-06-2008, 12:44 PM   #23
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    Claire,
    Yes, I am married - have been for 17 years. And Heather is my only child. My husband and I did try for a 2nd child when Heather was about 3 1/2. We tried for 5 1/2 years. It was extremely hard and frustrating. We saw 2 different fertility specialists. I was even given myself shots to stimulate ovulation. We did about 8 cycles of intra-uterine insemination. The doctor injected my husbands sperm directly into my vagina. But, unfortunately, it never took. By this time I was approaching 40 and it was getting so emotionally hard for me. Also the financial toll was difficult. My husband had good insurance, but we still had to pay 20% of procedures. And that all adds up after 5 1/2 years of treatment after treatment. So we decided together to stop trying. It was so hard on me to accept that I am only going to have 1 child. I hated every woman out there who had more than 1. It took a long time, but I did fiinally accept it. And to this day, I am extremely grateful that I have Heather. Some couples cant even conceive one. I have been a stay at home mom since Heather was born. I have my own daycare business out of my home. Been doing this 15 1/2 years. We converted out dining room into a play room. It doesnt make me tons of money, but enough that I can stay home and be with Heather. I have been there for every milestone in her life. I would not change that for anything. Sometimes Heather gets a little annoyed at the little ones when she comes home from school and they run up to her yelling, Heather, Heather how was school? But then again, sometimes she play Disney games with them on her computer or will do their hair for them. The little girls love that. Well, gotta run pick kids up from school. Wonderful chatting with you. Take care.
    Dawn

     
    Old 11-07-2008, 09:29 AM   #24
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    Hi Dawn
    17 years thats great . I am sad to hear about your fertility problems over the years I can empahize with you as had a little myself but luckily my gyno helped me alot but I was on my last cycle of Clomid when she said I would ahve to go to an actual Fertility Dr as she could noy do so many cycles then have to refer me on to a specialist luckily it did work, but at that time I been talking on a web board like here, and talked to so many women who couldt get pregnany at all and I realized that I ahd been lucky to have had my son and needed to thnak my lucky start for him! yes its heartbreaking hearing people tell there stories and years of trying over and over and going into debt to pay for treatment...I thought I would perhaps adopt..but then I got pregnant...

    we are both lucky to have children but I understand how you felt angry for sure

    well hpe you are doing well...I got some good news my SKIN is starting to look CLEAR! I cant believe it...no big bumps and no real breakouts so I am going to stick to what I am doing and see where it goes have nothing to lose...picking has almost stopped I did get the odd black head last night but I didnt force it and left no marks! if it comes out good if not leave it...course my overall goeal is to not pick at all!!!!!

    its another week gone by already! not sure what I am doing this weekend! Katelyn might beable to go back outside by Sunday for some fresh air shes been in all week besides the Drs ...I am going stir crazy might need some shopping therapy tonight to get out for a bit!!! start my xmas shopping!!!!! I am slow this year!!!!

    whatever you do this weekend I hope its a good one! the weather here today is like almost 70! nuts got the windows open!!!! tomorrow 60 then Sunday 50s! no wonder we get sick!!! but I think it will go cold soon and I should enjoy this last shot of warmer air LOL

    well take care and hope you are well!

    Claire

     
    Old 11-07-2008, 12:59 PM   #25
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    Good to hear from you Claire. Wow the weather sounds great for you today. Kinda icky here today. A little rainy and only about 50. Only in 40's this weekend. Oh well, got to expect that I guess. Tomorrow I am going to see my dad in the hospital. Dont ask - he has tons of medical problems. But he is slowly getting better I guess. I have to go pick up my step mom cuz she doesnt drive. I am glad to hear your skin is looking better. Yeah, please try not to pick. My daughter has been doing good with not picking at hers. Her dry patches have cleared. She just got home from school (they got out early today) and she says she had no headache today. The first day in about 9 days. Next Thursday we do the followup saliva test to re-check hormones. Then I send it in and we will get results back in about a week. So we should know something by about 11/23 or so. Her hormone doctor believes she is still low in estrogen so we'll see. I just want to get her through this hump so she could be in a good frame of mind. For the most part, though, she does well considering all this crap going on for a young girl. Every Friday is our Pizza night so we always look forward to that. Then she is going to see a movie with a bunch of her friends. Then Sunday my husband and I have to watch the Chicago Bears football game. Not sure if you know where I was from - Illinois. We love watching football together. Well, thats it for now. Enjoy your weekend and get your daughter out for some fresh air like you said. Take Care, Claire.
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    Old 11-08-2008, 09:27 PM   #26
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    Try swabbing with Nutrogena Acne Clearing Astringent, then applying
    benzoyl peroxide 5% twice a day, after washing the face with a mild clender (Cetaphil, Dove),

    Her skin may get a little dry initialy, use Cetaphil Lotion if it does.

    You will see a response after a week or 2, and maximum improvement after about 6 - 8weeks

    I know it sounds simple, because its OTC stuff, but give it a try, you will be amazed

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    Old 11-09-2008, 01:53 PM   #27
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    Hey there Dawn - too bad the Bears lost today eh? Just wanted to say that you sound an awful lot like me a few years back. I am a Mom who has fought the acne battle with my teenaged girl. She got voted most attractive her Freshman year and then her acne hit. But she was always cheerful, had a ton of friends, and I was a basket case wanting it all to go away. I drove her kind of crazy with suggestions. Mostly stuff I got on the boards. What worked for her, and still is, is Yaz plus 50 mgs of spironolactone and she was taking Doryx for a couple of years. She is now off of the Doryx, thank God, because we found an awesome skin care system. She might be able to get off all the meds now but I think she likes using BC pills. Good luck to you and your daughter.

     
    Old 11-09-2008, 04:53 PM   #28
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    Hey Dawn!
    Hope you had a good weekend I was sick I GOT A UTI awful things women have all the lovelly problems down there!!!! i got a perscription called in and feel a bit better today have one more pill to take a hope I am back on the mend, though I have a sinus cold too!!! arrrgghhhhhH!!!! its a nighmtare! my Daughters doing better and we popped out to a few stores it was 70 here Saturday but today is mid to high 50s more like November!

    my skin is looking better I used a little proactiv last night but used it sparangly but still using the Careve...its keeping me face soft I think....I have been trying to not pick but admidt I ahve a few black heads but they came out easily so not big mark NAUGHTY I know!

    well its nice somebody came on to out thread LOL it was jsut me and you chatting away (which is fine) it was nice of the lady to reply who said her daughter went through the same with her daughter..I take Orthcytryclin (think its spelt different) but its for Mild acne but it doesnt seem to help unless if I want on it id be worse? there are pills that help but its a big step going on that?................

    well have a good Day (or night whenever you read this) I ahve a lovelly Monday of doing wash for getting behind as I was looking after my sick daughter Fun heehee!

    talk to you soon
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    Hello Skimom,
    Yeah the Bears couldnt pull it off today. Theres always next week. You mentioned that Yaz helped your daughter. Thats a BC pill right? I really dont want to do that to my daughters body. I am trying to keep her treatment as natural as possible. The endocrinologist we are seeing still believes it is hormonal acne. They are not imflamed and cystic just some tiny pimples. She also lately has these like 2 really dry patches - one on her chin and one on her lower cheek. I really dont think they are pimples; if you run your finger over that area it almost feels like a rug burn. She uses lots of moisturizer but it is still dry in those 2 areas. We havent changed her skin care routine in 5 months so nothing new there. If you have any suggestions please advise me. Yeah, my daughters attitude is great. She is very outgoing and friendly and gets along with everyone. Her acne is not severe but enough that we know it is there. She eats good, takes vitamins daily, takes fish oil daily, doesnt drink pop, cleanses twice a day, uses a mask twice a week and we still have issues. She knows kids at school who dont do any of that and have great skin. It is so frustrating. I heard the pill is good sometimes for clearing acne; I just not sure if I want to drug her at such a young age. Thanks so much for any help you can give.
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    Try using 1% Hydrocortisone twice a day on the dry patches

     
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