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#1 Lifesgood

Posted 06 May 2019 - 08:51 AM

Updated - post #28

DD is 13 and has pimples in her oily T-zone. She is concerned about them and wants to feel like she is doing 'something'. I've explained the science behind it, that you can't remove pimples, they are normal, hers are not too bad, they'll go away in time etc etc.

But she said she wants to start a skin care routine anyway.

So, I'm after recommendations for teenage skin please.

I'm thinking a gentle cleanser with some kind of anti-bacterial wash, perhaps a weekly scrub and a moisturiser. She has skin that reacts to certain products so it will need to be something very kind to young skin.

I've read about Neutrogena and Dermologica which sound ok but has anyone got teens using these or other products they would recommend?

Edited by Lifesgood, 18 June 2019 - 07:13 PM.


#2 Manicmum

Posted 06 May 2019 - 08:57 AM

La posay roche- effaclar. It’s the bees knees.

#3 tiggy2

Posted 06 May 2019 - 09:56 AM

My 12yo is using the dermalogica teen range with good success. She has very sensitive skin.

#4 lozoodle

Posted 06 May 2019 - 10:00 AM

My daughter is using the Sukin sensitive skin range, I like it as it has no nasties or SLS in it.

#5 qak

Posted 06 May 2019 - 10:01 AM

I was going to suggest La Roche Posay Effaclar as well.

I've been using it for a few months and am impressed how it's got rid of pimples & redness (I have sensitive skin).

#6 Poughkeepsie

Posted 06 May 2019 - 11:02 AM

My kids use the Sukin blemish control range. All natural, gentle and effective.
I love Sukin products on my own skin too!

#7 Kiwi Bicycle

Posted 06 May 2019 - 11:43 AM

Sorry but pimples are not really normal! They might not go away. Please do get her skin care and treatment cream and be prepared to go to a dermatologist if they don't work. I have suffered acne since I was 11 and honestly wish my mother took me to the GP earlier than 18 to try and address things. One or 2 pimples a month around your period might be considered Ok. But if she's getting pimples constantly and multiples it's  not Ok.

#8 FuzzyChocolateToes

Posted 06 May 2019 - 11:56 AM

I agree with Kiwi Bicycle- pimples are common but I wouldn't say they are "normal". And, they can be treated but you need to know what to buy as pharmacies are full of stuff that promises a lot and delivers little. I dearly wish my parents had got me decent products when I was a teenager.

My choice would be to start with Cetaphil wash and Azclear ( azelaic acid) for mild spots, or Benzac (benzoyl peroxide). Azclear is non-irritating vs Benzac which can be drying.

Alternatively Paula's Choice do some good acne products with proven ingredients including azelaic acid, BP and salycylic acid. Also PC products avoid using common irritants which is better for sensitive skin.

Edited by FuzzyChocolateToes, 06 May 2019 - 01:21 PM.


#9 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 06 May 2019 - 12:17 PM

View PostKiwi Bicycle, on 06 May 2019 - 11:43 AM, said:

Sorry but pimples are not really normal! They might not go away.
agree with this.

Our DD1 is currently breaking out and in my opinion, it's been steadily getting worse over the last 3-4 months. I think she has a lot of pimples and we should take her to the GP to be seen, because compared to what my face was like as a teenager, she seems to have a LOT of pimples. However, DH reckons it's not as bad as what his face was when he was a teenager and he seems to think she will "grow out of it". My concern is that DH has got some pimple scars as an adult, you can tell he had sh*t skin as a teenager. Just because he "got through it" doesn't mean it's normal, or that we shouldn't seek treatment now.

DH was stunned to find out that I rarely had more than 1-2 pimples at *any* time during my teenager years (I did get some blackheads though). DH still gets the occasional pimple now and he's 49! I don't think I have have had a pimple since my mid-20s, and even that's pushing it.

Evidently DD1 has got her skin genes from DH & she hasn't hit peak puberty yet...

DD1 started using Cetaphil and Benzac last week.

#10 Lalala4

Posted 06 May 2019 - 12:25 PM

Also, change her pillowcase every couple of days. It really does seem to help.

#11 Lifesgood

Posted 06 May 2019 - 02:10 PM

View PostFuzzyChocolateToes, on 06 May 2019 - 11:56 AM, said:

I agree with Kiwi Bicycle- pimples are common but I wouldn't say they are "normal". And, they can be treated but you need to know what to buy as pharmacies are full of stuff that promises a lot and delivers little. I dearly wish my parents had got me decent products when I was a teenager.

My choice would be to start with Cetaphil wash and Azclear ( azelaic acid) for mild spots, or Benzac (benzoyl peroxide). Azclear is non-irritating vs Benzac which can be drying.

Alternatively Paula's Choice do some good acne products with proven ingredients including azelaic acid, BP and salycylic acid. Also PC products avoid using common irritants which is better for sensitive skin.
Thanks for this - are you suggesting she uses both Cetaphil AND Azclear at the same time?

View Postqak, on 06 May 2019 - 10:01 AM, said:

I was going to suggest La Roche Posay Effaclar as well.

I've been using it for a few months and am impressed how it's got rid of pimples & redness (I have sensitive skin).
Thanks, I'm glad to hear this product is working for you - I see it is available at Priceline.

#12 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 06 May 2019 - 02:12 PM

Another with the Cetaphil and Benzac and when that does not keep it in line go to the Dr.

My eldest was put on Roaccutaine for severe acne at 12yrs. He did puberty early and fast so was basically 16yo puberty wise but 12yo in age. Took 12m to go through the GP items and get referral to Dermatologist and then a 5m wait for the Dermatologist.

DS1 is now 13.5yrs and his skin is clear.

My siblings and I had horrible acne growing up (for me down chest and back too) so I was not going to be like my parents and do nothing.



#13 Lifesgood

Posted 06 May 2019 - 02:13 PM

Thanks all, I have a good selection of products to try now:

Cetaphil
Azclear
Benzac
La Roche Posay Effaclear
Sukin Blemish Control range
Dermalogica Teen range
Paula's Choice

Will see what I can find today at the shops.

#14 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 06 May 2019 - 02:27 PM

Also hair off face, washed often (at least for my boys). DS2 we are currently holding off going to GP with daily hair washing (hair flops over forehead), Cetaphil and occasional spot help.

We also do pimple spots like Dr Wonder when there is a larger pimple.

#15 Manicmum

Posted 06 May 2019 - 02:38 PM

La posay roche is cheaper at chemist warehouse. You can get a starter kit quite cheaply and have online resources too.

#16 EsmeLennox

Posted 06 May 2019 - 02:55 PM

Benzac has been very helpful for my teen boys. If that doesn't help considerably, I'd go to the GP. Mine also use Duac cream - on prescription - topical antibiotic combined with benzyl peroxide.

#17 Lifesgood

Posted 06 May 2019 - 04:20 PM

I got a Cetaphil cleanser and Azclear cream from Priceline this afternoon to start her off and see how she goes. I’ll order a starter kit of Le Roche Posay online as well. If those don’t work I’ll take her to the GP.

Thanks for all the replies and fingers crossed!

#18 Gumbette

Posted 06 May 2019 - 07:28 PM

DD started breaking out this yr (she’s 11).  I bought her some Neutrogena Grapefruit acne wash followed by jojoba oil.  The occasional pimple which we treat with Azclear but her skin is beautifully clear now for the most part.  FWIW DH was very skeptical about putting an oil on already oily skin but he’s since eaten his words.

#19 4*shining*stars

Posted 06 May 2019 - 08:51 PM

My tweenage daughters use Kalamazoo Beard and Facial Cleanser from Lush.

https://au.lush.com/.../face/kalamazoo

#20 Orla18

Posted 12 May 2019 - 08:41 PM

Definitely La Roche Posay effaclar 🙂

#21 Lifesgood

Posted 12 May 2019 - 10:06 PM

View PostOrla18, on 12 May 2019 - 08:41 PM, said:

Definitely La Roche Posay effaclar
Is this really effective on pimples? Which products exactly?

#22 FuzzyChocolateToes

Posted 12 May 2019 - 10:28 PM

I have used the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo. It's basically salycylic acid. I paid $22 for 40ml. I didn't think it worked any better than Paula's Choice salycylic acid gel 100ml for $30.

#23 Pooks Combusted

Posted 12 May 2019 - 10:49 PM

I have been using the real-u range with some success for hormonal acne. Salycylic acid leaves me with dry, red, peeling skin. Real-u gives me reasonable results without the side effects and seems to be fairly gentle, it can’t stop the hormonal breakouts but it clears it without damaging the skin. I’d definitely recommend.

#24 Overtherainbow

Posted 13 May 2019 - 12:24 AM

Micellar water and jojoba at night and micellar water and the body shop tea tree moisturiser for day. We also have the laser mask for bad outbreaks and laser wand for when it’s just one or two.

Lots of water, fresh fruit and veg., probiotic foods and prebiotic foods. Yes, it’s hormonal, but diet and environment makes a difference. Clean pillowcase more often, get them outdoors as much as possible (with a hat).

#25 TimeWillcome

Posted 13 May 2019 - 01:17 AM

I’m another one to highly recommend La Roche Posay Effeclar range. At my age I was still getting pimples and breakouts. But tried the Effaclar and it’s amazing. Skin clear and stays clear.

They have a couple of moistureisers, including the duo, a matte finish one, cleansers, mask and a light miceller and thermal spring water type foaming cleanser. All under the effeclar range.

Priceline and chemist warehouse. Yes they can be pricey but totally worth it.
And their website is great too. Explains products, how to treat acne, oily skin and a heap of other info.
La Roche posay also have a soothing cream that works for my excema. Off topic I know,sorry but great too.

but honestly the effeclar range is amazing, dosent irritate or dry skin and clears up quickly. The only times I’ve broken out in pimples again is when I’ve used other brands.




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