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What Is Helping My 14-Year-Old Son's Skin

24 February 2015 - 05:41 PM

Acne is. first and foremost, genetic.  It runs in my family pretty strong.  My three sisters and I had it and all our respectful kids have run into it as well. It doesn't matter what you eat, if it's genetic, it's going to happen, although the severity differs from person to person.


I was fortunate that when I broke out the worst (at age 19), I found a just-opened business by an esthetician in my town.  She guaranteed I would be clear in a month, and I was.  Over the years I've strayed from her products, but I have always come back and especially for my kids' acne.


Fast forward many years, my son is my youngest of three.  He started breaking out with mild acne about a year ago.  I couldn't get him to stick to a routine because it didn't bother him yet.  It got to be moderate by January and he agreed to stick to a routine.  


What used to be Acne Treatment Clinic back when I was 19 (25 years ago) is now Lumiplexion.  A few years ago the owner left the busy Bay Area for a quieter area up in the mountains.  The business is now solely online.


My son started about mid-January doing his routine.  We added a mask a few weeks ago, and since then even his sisters have noticed how he's really starting to clear up.  He had started getting where he didn't want to go out of the house, and within the past couple weeks, he's much happier.


His routine:



Wash with Panoxyl 4% BP  

Sunscreen with 30 SPF from Lumiplexion $20 (lasts about 4 months)



Wash with Proactive Deep Cleansing wash 

Medicated sulfur mask from Lumiplexion (he leaves on about an hour)  $25 (lasts about two months)

10% BP - Lumiplexion $22 (lasts about three months) 


Lumiplexion also has sulfur medication for those sensitive to BP.  My 17-year-old cannot use BP.  Her routine is black soap wash and Lumiplexion sunscreen in the morning.  At night same medicated sulfur mask and the sulfur medication.  This has kept her clear for the past three years.  


What's great about Lumiplexion is the owner, Pamela, gives you one-on-one attention.  She will customize the skin routine originally. She will tweak it if things are not clearing.  She will even tweak the medication itself to adjust it for your needs.  I put the prices of what we use so you can see what her prices are.  She has monthly specials if you get on her mailing list.  


I hope this information can help someone with their situation.



Taking Care Of Your Body To Improve Acne

26 April 2014 - 11:24 PM

There are many threads on the boards about eating clean and juicing to improve acne.  That is definitely taking a step in the right direction, but it's only taking a couple steps.  


Everybody's unique makeup makes their acne unique as well.  But there is no doubt acne is related to your health.  If you are not taking care of your body, your hormones will be fluctuating. Yes, some people can do whatever they want and not have acne.  That doesn't pertain to people who frequent this board, however.  Genetics play a part in the hormonal aspects that affect acne.  


You need to take care of your whole body.  Juicing is great and has been effective for some.  However, juicing is only putting in a small number of nutrients back into your body.  Eating clean is great too and definitely is a win-win no matter what your acne situation.  However, most people do not get in all the nutrients they need daily nor are they properly maintaining their body with regular exercise.  


I use a health shake that packs dense nutrition into a single serving, more than most people get in one day.  Ever since I started using it I noticed improvements in my digestive system, my mood, my energy.  But I was also noticing improvements in my hair, my nails growing faster, my adult acne and redness improved greatly.  


I've used this drink now for a couple years now, which I started to get me going fitness wise, and because I'm lactose intolerant and cannot use any of the products out there with dairy in them.    In the last two years I've stopped eating red meat, stopped drinking Diet Coke, began exercising much more regularly, and dropped 22 pounds.  Again, I've had the hair, nails, and skin benefits as well, but never thought to post them (I've been a member here for years) until now.  


This wouldn't be a fast fix, but I do wholeheartedly agree with the other posters that acne is caused by nutrition issues with your system.  What you eat affects your hormones.  I also believe regular exercise is a piece of that nutrition factor as well.  


As an example, many people who suffer from PCOS have acne due to the fluctuations of insulin caused by the consumption of too many carbs.  Nutrition is huge for PCOS, but yet it's very difficult for many people to get their nutrition in check. My daughter suffers from PCOS so this is a road we have gone down.


I won't post what health shake I use here because I don't want to spam this board, but if you're interested, I'm happy to provide more information about it.  Just send me a message.  As reflected in my signature, I try to use more natural products.  Our society wants to take a pill or slather on some gel to fix everything.  Put in the work to reap the benefits.

Tamanu Oil

05 March 2014 - 02:28 PM

If you have mild acne and are more focused on healing your skin, tamanu oil is a must try.  Best used on clean skin.  Massage it in.  Give it a few weeks and see what you think.  

Spironolactone Under The Age Of 18?

12 March 2013 - 10:13 AM

My daughter was tested and found to have mildly higher levels of testosterone.  She has been battling with acne for several years.  The endocrinologist who I spoke with about the results said she could not prescribe spironlactone unless my daughter had excessive hair growth (which she does not) or was over 18.


I'm just wondering if anyone is taking spironlactone who is younger than 18 (my daughter is 15-1/2) with success, and if you had any severe side effects from it.  Also was it prescribed from your dermatologist, regular doctor, gynecologist, etc? 


Thank you.

Acne.org Phone Number Is 1 (800) 773 7803

06 December 2012 - 12:41 PM

This should be on their contact us page but it's not. So there it is.